East Contemporary

Category: Exhibitions

Venice Biennale 2019, Pavilion of the Republic of North Macedonia: Nada Prjla „Subversion to Red“

Venice, Palazzo Rota Ivancich, May 11 – November 24, 2019, www.2019northmacedonia-labiennale.art I enjoyed “Subversion to Red” a lot. Probably a part of my positive feelings was caused by arriving at the cool palace after wandering through the Venice summer heat. Probably a part of my positive feelings was caused by the off-location in a crumbling…

Biennale Arte, Venice 2019: Moving image works, East Europe, East Asia

Venice, Arsenale and Giardini, May 11 – November 24, 2019, https://www.labiennale.org/en/art/ (videos below text) Venice Biennale… the original mega-show, the art circus. A lot of stuff. This year the show was doubled: The seemingly never-ending long noodle-shaped Arsenale docks exhibition had its double in the large Central Biennale Pavilion located in the gardens (Giardini). The…

The Pavilion of Croatia at the Venice Biennale: Igor Grubic “Traces of Disappearing (In Three Acts)”

Igor Grubic

Venice, Santa Croce 2258, Calle della Regina, http://igorgrubic.org/ Igor Grubic seems to be most of all a documentary photographer and urban explorer: Old factories, temporary shelters built by homeless people, disappearing handicrafts… The printed panels with photo collages in the exhibition looked like storyboards or pages from a book. Indeed a thick catalogue was available…

The Pavilion of Bosna and Herzegovina at Venice Biennale: Danica Dakic “Zenica Trilogy”

Venice, Palazzo Francesco Molon Ca’ Bernardo, May 11 – November 24, 2019, http://www.labiennalebih.com Danica Dakic’ exhibition consists of three videos, prints and a golden shovel. The show deals with transformation of a specific place and people in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Zenica, a decaying polluted steelworks town. I found the people aspect, most prominently contained in…

Julia Stoschek Collection: “New Metallurgists”

Düsseldorf, October 7, 2018 – April 28, 2019, https://www.julia-stoschek-collection.net I was very impressed on my first visit to the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf: A perfect installation of a video-only show. Even the fact that all projections in a video show work as expected in quite extraordinary, but on top of that the light and…

MMCA “The Essential Duchamp” + “Vertiginous Data” + Harun Farocki ”What Ought To Be Done? Work And Life”

Seoul, December 22, 2018 – April 7, 2019 (Duchamp), March 23 – July 28, 2019 (Data), October 27, 2018 – April 7, 2019 (Farocki), http://www.mmca.go.kr Three shows were taking place at MMCA during my visit. The Essential Duchamp was what the title suggested: An overview of Marcel Duchamps oeuvre. At first I almost wanted to…