The term city can be regarded in many angles and perspectives and it has as many visions as there are individuals. We react differently to a city depending on the reasons and conditions of our visit. On one side, the architecture and its history, the infrastructure, the extent of development and the conventional touristic patterns have great influence in creating the image of one city. On the other, there is the ambient, the people that we meet and the places that communicate which evokes closeness to one place. As a result of the more frequent mobility and the great possibilities, a contemporary phenomenon developed: living in different cities in a short period of time. This situation changed the usual ways of living and behavior. The mobility created a condition of quick adaptation and development of skills of fast adjustment. In this process the individual creates his/her own assemblage of cities intertwining his former experiences with the new ones. The process of melting is also happening on an individual level as part of the global aspiration.
The exhibition aims to wipe up the characteristic impressions of the cities and to expose personal artistic viewpoints thus showing the invisible, the imaginary, the dark and unusual – the different contrasts of living in one city. Through presentation of the art works in one space, the borders of the beginning of one city and its ending gets abolished and they jointly create ambient of one unique, multiple landscape or imaginary city. It introduces cities seen not only as places of birth or places of origin but cities that differentiate according to the emotion that the individual creates for one place: place of birth, city that I live in, city that I’m passing by, city as “transit zone”, city which makes me comfortable, vanishing city, imaginary city, museum city, monster city – cities as communication, confrontation, of creation and inspiration.
In this context, we were interested in art works that reflect personal experiences, ties and emotions to one city. On that very intimate level, the cities can be at times suffocating and limiting and as a result artists can become insecure and fragile escaping in their own shelter of imagination and solitude. This condition directly or indirectly manifests in their works. In some other cases, the same condition initiates tendency of fast adaptation according to one’s needs thus creating new and fresh ways for struggling or by criticizing and reacting to its problems.
co-curators of the exhibition
Elena Veljanovska, Ivana Vaseva