TUESDAY, JAN 19 2016, 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
In the framework of our upcoming Exhibition the ACFNY gives you the opportunity to take part in a panel discussion with the curators and artists about their current works. Normalities sets out to explore the concept of normality from a number of different angles—focusing on the Balkans, but extending outwards. What does it mean to be an artist almost a quarter of a century after the fall of Yugoslavia in a globalized world? How can identity collectively and individually be preserved? These questions are crucial, for artists from the region but also beyond. They are similar to those that are being asked all around the globe, in a world that has changed so quickly in the last few decades. The term ‘normality’ defies any attempt at a concise—let alone exhaustive—definition. Its meaning is in constant flux, changing in the most unpredictable ways, as the Balkan region has over the past century.
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MARKO LULIĆ, born in 1972 in Vienna, is a Vienna-based artist, whose work is concerned with the intersection of art, architecture, ideology, and aesthetics. In recent years, he has also curated several exhibitions at the Secession (Vienna, Austria), the Siemens Arts Program, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgrade, Serbia), and for Gabriele Senn Gallery (Vienna, Austria). He has shown in institutions like Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York City, USA), MSUB - Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia), Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam, Netherlands), 21er Haus (Vienna, Austria), Lentos Art Museum (Linz, Austria), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, Austria), MSU – Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb, Croatia), MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (Vienna, Austria), Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (St. Gallen, Switzerland), and FKV – Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt, Germany). His work was also included in The Biennale of Sydney (Sydney, Australia), the 12th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition (Biel/Bienne, Switzerland), the October Salon (Belgrade, Serbia), and the Chicago Architecture Biennial (Chicago, USA).
SUZANA MILEVSKA is an art historian, curator, and theorist of visual art and culture based in Skopje, Macedonia. Her research and curatorial projects focus on postcolonial critique of hegemonic power regimes of representation and various institutional policies and representations of marginalized communities in post-socialist transitional societies as well as on feminist, participatory, and collaborative art practices, and artists with a Roma background. She holds a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths University of London and was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in 2004. Milevska further was appointed the first endowed Professor for Central and Southeastern European Art Histories at the Academy of Fine Art (Vienna, Austria). Currently, she is a visiting professor at the Visual Culture Unit of the Technical University (Vienna, Austria).
CHRISTINE MOSER is director of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York with its contemporary programming across all disciplines. A leading Austrian diplomat, her previous postings include Austrian ambassador to the Organization for Security and Development in Europe, deputy chief of the Austrian embassy in Paris as well as assignments in the fields of European integration and human rights. She first got to know New York City and New England during her studies as a Fulbright scholar at Smith College, Massachusetts.
DAMIR OČKO was born in 1977 in Zagreb (Croatia). He recently had solo exhibitions at Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien (Graz, Austria), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), Yvon Lambert Gallery (Paris, France), and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (Dusseldorf, Germany). He also participated in numerous group exhibitions such as at Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany), MUDAM – Musée d’art moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg, Luxembourg), FRAC – Le Plateau (Paris, France), and Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, Austria). Furthermore, Ocko’s works are part of various prestigious collections, including the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the CNAP – Centre national des arts plastiques in Paris, and the MUDAM in Luxembourg. He also represented Croatia in the 56th Venice Biennial (Venice, Italy).
ANA PRVAČKI: In her videos, services, concoctions, and drawings, Ana Prvacki, born in 1976 in Serbia, uses a gently pedagogical and comedic approach in an attempt to reconcile etiquette and erotics. Her work has been included in many international exhibitions such as the 14th International Istanbul Biennial (Istanbul, Turkey), dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel, Germany), Sydney Biennial (2007 in Sydney, Australia), Singapore Biennial (2006 in Singapore, Singapore), and Turin Triennial (2005 in Turin, Italy). She has developed projects for venues and institutions such as the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, California), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Castello di Rivoli – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Turin, Italy), Bloomberg (New York City, USA), Art in General (New York City, USA), Artists Space (New York City, USA) and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, USA). Prvaˇcki is represented by 1301PE in Los Angeles (USA).
MARUŠA SAGADIN was born in 1978 in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and is based in Vienna (Austria). In 2015, she was awarded the ISCP Grant in New York City (USA), and in 2010, the Schindler Grant at the MAK – Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles (USA). Sagadin has recently exhibited at venues such as Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, Austria), Neue Galerie (Innsbruck, Austria), Tobacna 001 Cultural Centre (Ljubljana, Slovenia), 21er Haus (Vienna, Austria), Kunstbunker – Forum für Zeitgenössische Kunst (Nuremburg, Germany), and Christine König Galerie (Vienna, Austria). Her work will also be on view at SPACE London (London, United Kingdom) in 2016.