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P74 Gallery

Domènec: The Collectivisation of Everything

10 September – 1 October 2015
P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition The Collectivisation of Everything on Thursday, 10 September 2015 at 19.00 at the P74 Gallery in Ljubljana.

Domènec, Collectivisation of everything, 2015

Among the periphery of modernity belongs the phenomenon of socialist modernism, which has remained long decades on the margin of expert analysis. With the cycle “Modernity” that we began at P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute several years ago, we contemplate the ambivalences, limitations and consequences of modernity and simultaneously encourage new, critical readings. This year we have begun a new programme of artistic residencies. Our first guest is the acclaimed visual artist from Barcelona, Domènec.

The current exhibition presents two interconnected, and even complementary, projects: the project Voyage en Icarie (Journey to Icaria) (2012) and the new installation The Collectivisation of Everything (2015). The latter came into being based on Domènec’s research of sculptor Zdenko Kalin’s monument to one of the founders of the Communist Party of Slovenia and the Anti-Imperialist Front, Boris Kidrič.

In 2012 Domènec was invited to the Museum of Contemporary Arts Metelkova (MSUM) in Ljubljana to lead a workshop. While walking through the city, he came across some street graffiti with the text “Kolektivizacija vsega!” (Collectivisation of everything!) and took a photo of it. An interesting discussion followed with the participants of the workshop about the heritage of the socialistic period and of the ambiguous relationship to that past. Twenty-four years after the declaration of Slovenian independence and the disintegration of Yugoslavia, the understanding of recent history is still problematic. In such a context, how do we position the memorial statue of Boris Kidrič? We can understand the statue of Boris Kidrič in a box as an unpleasant presence of the spirit of the past, reminding us of the mistakes that we made or demanding that we once again consider and attempt utopian alternatives to global capitalism.

In the middle of the 19th century, the French utopian socialist Étienne Cabet developed in his novel Voyage en Icarie the idea of the future as a just society in which there was no property and no money. In 1848, a group of adventurers followed Cabet’s call and left for Texas, with the goal of building their own Icaria. The journey ended in tragedy. The video work poetically restores and illuminates the memory of the event and its protagonists, who in the 19th century, in the time of the rise of wild capitalism, dared to imagine an alternative society and even tried to live it.

Domènec (Mataró, Barcelona 1962) is a visual artist who creates installations and interventions in public spaces, photographic series and sculptures. In recent years, a number of the projects that he has created have dealt with the imaginary construction of the modern tradition. He has worked in numerous international projects and festivals of public art in Europe, North America and Asia. Domènec also writes about art and is the co-editor of the arts magazine Roulotte.

The programme of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and by the Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture.