Alban Muja "My Name Their Cities", 2012


January 20 – April 12, 2016 | ACFNY

Artists: Cäcilia BROWN, Nemanja CVIJANOVIC, Dusica DRAZIC, Flaka HALITI, Ibro HASANOVIC, Jelena JURESA, Jakob Lena KNEBL, Irena Lagator PEJOVIC, Armando LULAJ, Alban MUJA, Damir OCKO, Ana PRVACKI, Marusa SAGADIN, Saso STANOJKOVIK, Kerstin VON GABAIN

Curators: Marco LULIC, Christine MOSER


JAN 19, 7 – 9 PM | OPENING reception with a live performance by Ana Prvački

opening pictures

about the show

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is pleased to present Normalities, a show starring artists from the Western Balkan region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia), Croatia, as well as from Austria and the United States. Artists include Flaka Haliti, Armando Lulaj, Damir Ocko, and Irena Lagator Pejovic, whose works were featured at the 55th and 56th Venice Biennials in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

For philosopher Slavoj Zizek the very name “Balkans” is almost synonymous with “otherness” and deliberately used to distinguish oneself from one’s very neighbor. In the past century, the region was a laboratory of extraordinary political circumstances, and still is by all means a place in constant transition. In recent times, Southeastern Europe has gone through a massive transformation in an economical as well as political sense. Migration has made Vienna the fastest growing European capital, the city with the third-largest Serbian population, and home to many emerging artists. The integration of the Western Balkan countries into the European Union is a clear goal, but still an ongoing process. Apart from these political aspects of normalization, the concept of ‘normality’ becomes all the more attractive within various different theoretical frameworks and disciplines, from philosophy and psychology to sociology and, of course, the arts.

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.

Curated by Marko Lulic and Christine Moser, Normalities initiates a new narrative and dialogue that unites the artists on view through their disparities within the confines of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York’s unique exhibition spaces.

about the artists

caecilia brown

Untitled, 2014
Sculpture (metal, plaster)
22 13/16 in x 11 13/16 in
Courtesy of the artist and Gabriele Senn Gallery, Vienna (Austria)

Nemanja Cvijanovic

The New Proposal , 2014
Mixed media
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist, Furini Arte Contemporanea, Rome (Italy), Delire Gallery, Brussels (Belgium), and SKUC Gallery, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Dusica Drazic

Landscapes, 2013
Sculpture (plaster)
5 7/8 in x 11 13/16 in x 11 13/16 in (sculpture)
31 1/2 in x 11 13/16 in x 11 13/16 in (pedestal)
Courtesy of the artist

Flaka Haliti

Chain Reaction, 2010
Series of color photographs, printed on Duratrans, light box
48 13/16 in x 37 in x 7 1/16 in
Courtesy of Kontakt. Art Collection, Vienna (Austria)

Ibro Hasanovic

Study for the Applause, 2013
HD video
5min 34sec
Courtesy of the artist and Gandy Gallery, Bratislava (Slovakia)

Jelena Juresa

MOZARTS, 2008–2009
Video/color, Sound
19min 14sec
Courtesy of the artist

Jakob Lena Knebl

Schwule Sau, 2012
Sculpture (material mix)
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist

Irena Lagator Pejovic

, 2013
3D cube paper cutout
1 9/16 in x 1 9/16 in
Courtesy of the artist

Armando Lulaj

Never, 2012
HD video/color, sound
22min 22sec
Courtesy of DebatikCenter Film,
Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Trento (Italy)

Alban Muja

My Name Their City, 2012
7 C-prints
33 1/16 in x 24 13/16 in
Courtesy of the artist

Damir Ocko

TK, 2014
Film still, HD video/color, sound
19min 46sec
Courtesy of the artist, Tiziana di Caro Gallery, Napoli (Italy)

Ana Prvacki

At the Tips of Your Fingertips (Towards a Clean Money Culture), 2007
1min 39sec
Courtesy of the artist and 1301PE, Los Angeles (US)




Marusa Sagadin

Untitled (Helmet), 2015
Installation (wood, styrofoam, concrete)
24 in x 42 in x 5 in
Courtesy of the artist

Saso Stanojkovik

Film Marathon, 2003
Video still, Loop
Courtesy of the artist

Kerstin von Gabain

Untitled, 2015
Sculpture (gypsum)
5 7/8 in x 3 3/4 in
5 1/8 in x 3 3/4 in
Courtesy of the artist and Gabriele Senn Gallery, Vienna (Austria)

about the curators

Marco Lulic

Marko Lulic, 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 The Authors 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).

Christine Moser

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.

events in the framework of the exhibition

JAN 19, 7 – 9 PM | OPENING reception with a live performance by Ana Prvački
JAN 20, 2015, 7:30 PM | CONCERT: Wiener Tschuschenkapelle
MAR 15, 2015, 7:30 PM | CONCERT: Pristup

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Director ACFNY: Christine Moser
Curators: Marko Lulic, Christine Moser
Sound Engineer: Joseph Unterberger
Exhibition Coordination: Natascha Boojar
Exhibition Assistants: Teresa Grandits, Michaela Lexer, Eva Zar

Supported by the Albanian Institute New York and the Austrian Embassy Pristina (Kosovo).

Supporting Institutions of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York:  Austrian Airlines, Esterhazy Winery and Stiegl.

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