Crosstime Stories

When 9 May 2012 - 9 Jun 2012
Where Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
826 Schermerhorn Hall, MC5517, 1190 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY
United States

May 9 – June 9 2012

Press Release:

Cross-time Stories: Global Subjectivities After 1989 is an exhibition focusing on the individual memories of a young generation of artists born in the late 1970s and the early 1980s in a geography extending from the former East Europe to China. The tensions of the Cold War era in the ‘80s and the critical breaking point of 1989 and its aftermath provide the background as a recent history that still needs to be told extensively. These minor witnesses, coming of age in today’s Neo-liberal environment, have just started to speak and expound their memories of this past, in ways that blend with different regimes, heroes, mayhem and today’s consumer culture. Their interests often conflict with the official narratives. Hence, each artist develops his/her own model for telling his/her “story”, which cannot be completely theorized in existing frameworks yet can be illuminated. By juxtaposing these works together, this project attempts to formulate a larger hypothesis, which draws on a number of recent theoretical discussions and artistic practices and tries to explore them from a new angle. Rather than illustrating any given theory, it endeavors to create a kind of laboratory for the series of questions this hypothesis opens up, allowing viewers to continue them in turn. The dichotomies of memory and post-memory, and of documentary and fiction, and the ways they figure in attempts to talk about social change or trauma or the question of contemporaneity, are among the key debates with which the hypothesis is concerned, and which are refracted in various ways in the work of these artists. Opening on May 8th at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, the exhibition is curated by Ceren Erdem and includes works by Atfal Ahdath, Cevdet Erek, Cao Fei, Alexandra Lerman, Alban Muja, Ahmet Ogut, Sophia Tabatadze, Rayyane Tabet, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Sun Xun, Andro Wekua, Alicia Karska & Aleksandra Went.

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