Kalmar Konstmuseum/ A Complicated Relation Part 2 / Lado Darakhvelidze a.o.

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A Complicated Relation: Part II
September 17 – November 20, 2011 

Kalmar Konstmuseum is proud to present the second part of the museum’s major fall exhibition, A Complicated Relation. The exhibition follows on the heels of the widely noted and highly acclaimed exhibition Friction and Conflict, a show of art from northeastern Europe presented by Kalmar Konstmuseum in the fall of 2008.  

The impetus for A Complicated Relation: Part II is how many artists today are basing their work on given social and political contexts. The participating artists share a common desire to engage in - and involve their art in - a real social context. They want to contribute to change and to social development. These artists work with direct interaction on the street, publish journals with voices critical of the status quo, and undertake art projects that engage directly with society. In several cases the artists’ political commitments go hand in hand with their art. Some of the contributing artists are confronted periodically with actual threats and harassment. 

We have chosen to present artists from Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Moldavia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, the Ukraine, and Åland. Most of these countries are still seen as on the margins of an increasingly globalized European art world. From Russia we have several artists who work outside of Moscow in cities such as Kaliningrad, Samara, and Vladivostok. Many of the countries named above are societies in a state of transition where there does not yet exist an art world of any significance. That means that the artists must address the situation on their own without any real support from the art world; in fact, their work to a great extent consists in building up that world. 

In countries undergoing social change, just as there is no defined art world, there is in some cases a lack of clearly defined social institutions. The paradox here is that these artists can sometimes have a greater impact with their interventions because it’s not possible simply to dismiss their work as pure “art” - because that would require a clear conception of the difference between what art is and what society’s institutions are.  

On the other hand, this exhibition deals just as much with universal questions about the role of culture in a society’s progress. What can culture contribute to improving society and the process of democratization? This question is particularly important in all of the countries in global proximity to Sweden. Not least of these are places like Åland, where the younger segment of the population is leaving, or a region like Kalmar County, which is one of only three Swedish counties whose population is declining. How will Kalmar and Kalmar County survive into the future? How can culture contribute to countering this population decline? In many other countries, culture is employed as a future-forward strategy for winning economic and political advantage in tomorrow’s Europe - specifically in order to survive. In this way, Kalmar finds itself in a similar situation.  

Participating artists: People’s Atlas of Public Space in Chisinau (MD), The Bombily Group (RU), Conceptual Art Centre Bukovje (SI), DAI-alumnus Lado Darakhvelidze (GE), Tatiana Fiodorova (MD), Andrus Joonas (EE), Nikita Kadan (UA), Kiss My Ba (RU), Victoria Lomasko & Anton Nikolaev (RU), Svätopluk Mikyta (SK), Tanja Muravskaja (EE), Ghenadie Popescu (MD), Alexander Raevsky (MD), R.E.P. (UA), Mykola Ridnyi (UA), Stefan Rusu (MD), Zurab Rtveliashvili (GE), San Donato Group (RU), Sergey Shabohin (BY), SOSka (UA), Bo Söderlund (AX), Giorgi Tabatadze (GE), The Office for Anti-Propaganda (BY/DE), Alexander Verevkin (RU), Voina (RU), and Minna Öberg (AX). 

Curator: Martin Schibli 

OPENING: Saturday, September 17 

2:00 PM: Performance by Lado Darakhvelidze & Zurab Rtveliashvili. 

Director of Exhibitions Martin Schibli opens the exhibition. Several of the artists will be on hand.  

3:00 PM: Performance by Andrus Joonas. 



Sunday, September 18: Tea Time (Fika) 3:00 PM: CAC Bukovje hosts tea and a conversation with artists.  

Monday, September 19: All-day conference in connection with A Complicated Relation: Part II. 

Several of the artists represented in the exhibition will take part in the conference. Please refer to www.kalmarkonstmuseum.se for a conference program and registration application. The conference is supported by the Swedish Institute and the Rumanian Institute of Culture.  

Sunday, November 13: Tea Time (Fika) 3:00 PM: CAC Bukovje hosts tea and a conversation with artists. 

The conference is made possible by financial support from the Swedish Institute and the Rumanian Institute of Culture. 

The San Donato Group’s participation is made possible as part of the EU project Artline Art Line, financed in part by the European Union (the European Regional Development Fund): www.artline-southbaltic.eu

For further information, please contact:
Director of Exhibitions: Martin Schibli, tel 0480 426288, martin.schibli@kalmarkonstmuseum.se Coordinator: Ola Carlsson, tel 0739-045610, ola.carlsson@kalmarkonstmuseum.se