Loophole to Happiness (Bratislava)

Curated by: Maja and Reuben Fowkes 

Participating artists: Zbyněk BaladránAdam Chodzko, Petra Feriancova, Siniša Labrović, Ciprian Muresan, Csaba Nemes, Nada Prlja, Janek SimonPéter Szabó and Katarina Šević.

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Strike, Installation, T-Shirts, painted slogans as a part of Loophole to Happiness, curated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes
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Strike, Installation,  T-Shirts, painted slogans as a part of Loophole to Happiness, curated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes
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Strike, Installation, T-Shirts, painted slogans as a part of Loophole to Happiness, curated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Installation as part of Group exhibition Loophole to happiness at amt_projects, Bratislava. Black Communism, 9 shirts, hand painted slogans. 2012

Group Exhibition Loophole to Happiness sets out to locate and explore the freedom-enhancing loopholes that exist on the margins of repressive social systems from East European communism to global capitalism. Faced with the perfection of techniques of absorbing criticism and the systematic mobilisation of our creativity, sociability and sentiments for economic ends, the search is on for new forms of resistance to the endless pressure of production. The exhibition takes the inventive strategies of worker resistance under communism as the starting point for fresh attempts to imagine exceptions, find escape routes and evade the smooth surface of today’s neo-liberal capitalist order. Prlja presented the work ‘Black Communism”.

The T-shirt slogan is:
BLACK COMMUNISM

The writings on the t-shirts refer to the Black Wave cinema movement in ex-Yugoslavia in the late 1960s, – which was an expression of freedom under socialism, as well as (for myself, at least) a representation of ‘communism with the possibility of self-criticism and freedom’. With this ‘Black Communism’ slogan, I am interested in searching and finding new political/social systems.

Other works from the exhibition:

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Exhibition history:

1. Praha, Futura, Center for Contemporary Art

FUTURA, center for contemporary Art, Praha. Link to the exhibition

2. Budapest, Trafo gallery

Trafo, Budapest website link / Trafó gallery budapest PDF

3. Lodz, Muzeum SZtuki

Link to the gallery website

4. Bratislava, AMT Projects

Link to the gallery website / loophole to happiness PDF anuncament 

 

Book about the exhibition

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Loophole to Happiness Edited by: Maja and Reuben Fowkes Published by: Translocal.org, December 2011 ISBN: 978-963-08-2491-0

About the book: Loophole to Happiness reassesses the left critique of socialism through the work of dissident theorists and artists, reviving the spirit and working methods of the neo-avant-garde to suggest contemporary routes to escape the smooth surface of capitalism.

Contributors: Zbyněk Baladrán, Franco Bifo Berardi, Adam Chodzko, Petra Feriancova, Maja & Reuben Fowkes, Miklós Haraszti, Siniša Labrović, Ciprian Muresan, Csaba Nemes, Nada Prlja, Janek Simon, Péter Szabó, Tamás St.Auby and Katarina Šević.

Link to the Book on curators website / Amazon

Bibliography and Press coverage:

Culture,pl, trafó gallery budapest, PDF / Link

Link Skvíra kartalk.cz, e štěstí ve Futuře, Foto report, by Silvie Šeborová / pdf 1

Link artycok.tv (video)

LinkDeník Referendum, Jak vypadá škvíra ke štěstí?, Johana Lomová / pdf 2

Link undo.net, Loophole to Happiness, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz  / pdf 3

Link ninateka.pl. Loophole to Happiness/Furtka do szczęścia | Muzeum Sztuki Łodź (video)

Link plasterlodzki.pl, Loophole to Happiness w ms (foto), Kinga Filińska

Link print control, Loophole to happiness, catalogue design

Link ISABART, Škvíra ke štěstí / Loophole to Happiness

Link artmap, sympozium, Reclaim Happiness: Opposing Systems (Symposium)

 

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