7 Jul – 30 Sep 2017
opening reception: 7 Jul / 7pm
curator: Raluca Voinea
Future Museum (Ion Ghica, 11, Bucharest)
Mo – Fri | 8.00am – 4.30pm
“We believe that in our world, ruled by invisible economies, it is the body with its physical presence and its material urgency that stays as the ultimate structure which embodies (through its ornamentation and ritualisation) the potential of change” – declare Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová. The artists have worked, during their 17-year long collaboration, with their own or hired performers bodies – which talk, confess, march, whisper to, climb on or symbolically consume each other; with bodies seen “as potential barricades and locuses of resistance” but also with memories of disappeared bodies, whose remembrance is part of a healing process and at the same time can help shape the future. For their solo show at the Czech Centre in Bucharest, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová present an installation comprising several of their recent works, linked by their connection to the body (human or animal) and how this can transform and materialize abstractions such as finance, time or mathematical codes. However, the body is no longer evoked as a whole but through its capacities such as language, manual skill or tactility.
Different works are brought together in a set-up which is at the same time a material background, a hidden sequence of pedestals, a soft fabric skin and an outgrowth generated by the exhibition space’ excessive decorations. In this scenography, works are connected and floating, lying down and taking roots, fragile and menacing. They seem preciously displayed on an altar, waiting for a future archaeologist who would have to understand a human history which only remains are these artefacts. Names deconstructed to the letters that form them and recombined as golden pendants, a dictionary with definitions that have lost their meanings and are instead releasing LSD vapors, euro coins melted and reconfigured by the grasp of the hand into potential weapons, animal bones chained in geometrically impossible structures, a carpet hand-woven with the elaborated patterns of broken touchscreens. The organic and the manual imprint are the dominating narratives; the works are witnesses of a past too rigidly submitted in its march towards the levelling progress and they are at the same time announcing a future where the basics need to be negotiated again, a future in which concepts need to be touched and inhaled, names need to be worn around one’s neck and financial value needs to be literally manipulated for survival. The spectre of a different future, un-corporeal and blinking mysterious codes, is only appearing briefly, self-undermined in fact by its own, “liberated pixel”. This anarchist pixel, with its corporate semi-robotic voice, is “a prosthetics for the imagination covering the realm between unconsciousness and oblivion” (Manifesto of the Liberated Pixel) and is probably the only surviving dissident, “floating free” and “making mistakes”, waiting for the analogue world to make sense anew, before releasing its consciousness to the virtual for good.
The title of the exhibition is an anagram of the artists’ names, in a recent practice through which each of their solo exhibition or project receives one of the 11 octillions of possible permutations from the 27 letters of their names.
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Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová have been working in collaboration since 2000. Their solo presentations include: i Look At a sun, i aM a caTch, a Cave ant, Rotwand, Zürich (2016); ah, souL in A coMa, aCt naive, atTack, GAK, Bremen (2015); aCtivaTe aMok, not a causaL chAin, waterside contemporary, London (2013); Clash!, Art in General, New York (2013); Either Way, We Lose, SWAC, Brussels (2012); Material Culture / Things in our Hands, Christine Koenig Gallery, Vienna (2011); 54th Venice Biennale – Romanian pavilion (2011); How to Make a Revolution, MLAC, Rome (2010); n.b.k., Berlin (2008). Participations in group shows include: How Long Is Now?, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); L’Economie de la tension, Parc Saint Leger (2016); Capitalist Melancholia, HALLE 14, Leipzig (2016); Afterimage. Rappresentazioni del conflitto, Galleria Civica, Trento (2014); Unlooped-KINO, Manifesta 10 (2014); An I for an Eye, Austrian Cultural Forum New York (2013); 3rd Moscow Biennale for Young Art (2012); The Global Contemporary, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2011); Rearview Mirror, The Power Plant, Toronto (2010); While Bodies Get Mirrored, Migros Museum, Zürich (2010); Gender Check, MuMoK, Vienna (2009); The Reach of Realism, MoCA, Miami (2009); The Making of Art, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2009); 6th Taipei Biennial (2008); Prague Biennale 3 (2007).
Thanks to: Viktor Vejvoda, Eduard Constantin, Adelina Ivan
The Future Museum’s 2017 programme objectives are to articulate the position of Romanian artists who were born in Romania and then either settled in another country or spent many years abroad. The programme starts in May 2017 with this solo exhibition by Ovidiu Anton. Works by Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkáčová will open the summer season and the series will close with an autumn exhibition by the film director Andrei Ujică.
This event is organised by the Future Museum (Czech Centre Bucharest), with the support of BCR, Staropramen and Becherovka. Partners: tranzit.ro. Media partners: RFI România, Radio România Cultural, Observator Cultural, Revista Arta, re:art, Scena 9, Zeppelin.