In Stockholm, They Promise to Never Talk about the War
I Will Never Talk About the War Again Färgfabriken, Stockholm 17 September – 19 November
This autumn in Stockholm, the Contemporary Art and Architecture Center, Färgfabriken, opened the first exhibition of the three year-long global project titled “Psychosis”.
From 17 September through 19 November, Stockholm's art, design and architecture exhibition hall, Färgfabriken (which is housed in a paint factory built at the turn of the 19th century, hence it's name in Swedish), will host a group show of six artists from the former republics of Yugoslavia. The name of the exhibition has been borrowed from Lana Čmajčanin's and Adel Jušić's video performance of the same name – “I Will Never Talk About the War Again”, which seems to be both a statement and a determined commitment. The team from the “contemporary laboratory”, as Färgfabriken has been christened, has worked together with the exhibition's curator, the Serbian artist, Vladan Jeremić, to create a show based on the current situation in the Balkans.
Events from WWII, as well as episodes from the more recent violent history of the former Yugoslavia, have created peculiarities in the social and cultural development of the region. Nationalism, homophobia, xenophobia and any other rejection of a differing social group can be seen as a post-war syndrome, whereas the fine art coming from the area illustrates emotional expressiveness and national idiosyncrasies.
Participating artists: Chto Delat? (Russia), Adel Jušić, Lana Čmajčanin (Bosnia Herzegovina), Igor Grubić (Croatia), Živko Grozdanić Gera (Serbia), Nikolai Olyenikov (Russia), Shadow Museum – Jaroslav Supek (Serbia).