VN Gallery: To Whom Does the World Belong?

Thursday 17th October, 7-9pm.

Galerija VN, Ilica 163a, 10 000 Zagreb

Join us on Thursday 17th October at 7pm, for a conversation between a political and cultural theorist Gal Kirn and artist Margareta Kern, which will be followed by a general discussion.

The conversation will reflect on and contextualise the current exhibition at Galerija VN by Margareta Kern To 'Whom Does the World Belong?' whose title refers to 'Kuhle Wampe, oder: Wem gehört die Welt?', the film produced in 1931 by a collective that included Bertolt Brecht. It was Gal Kirn's text 'Kuhle Wampe: Politics of Montage, De-montage of Politics' that drew Kern's attention to the film and the issues within it, which felt politically and formally relevant and urgent.

The talk will briefly contextualize some commonalities and divergencies between the crises in the 1930s and the current crises (of capital, representation, image-imagination) and pose some questions about its representation, as well as the issues with/in the representation of resistance and protest. Placing the body in(side) the image, through a series of stop-motion animations, the works within the current exhibition will frame the conversation, as we think through the relationship of form and content, violence, gender, screen, camera, speech and body, and in particular a question when does an image (and an artist) begin to speak politically?

The conversation between Gal and Margareta will be held in English, while the discussion will be in Croatian. The coversation will be recorded and available as a podcast at a later date.

The exhibition 'To Whom Does the World Belong?' is on until 24 October 2013.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8am-8pm

Saturday 8am-2pm. 

Gal Kirn (b. 1980, Ljubljana) holds a PhD in political philosophy at University of Nova Gorica. He was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and a research fellow at Institute of Cultural Inquiry Berlin. He is a co-editor with Peter Thomas, Sara Farris and Katja Dieffenbach of the book Encountering Althusser (Bloomsbury, 2012), with Dubravka Sekulić and Žiga Testen of the book Yugoslav Black Wave Cinema and Its Transgressive Moments (JvE Academie, 2012), and an editor of the book Postfordism and its discontents (JvE Academie, B-Books and Mirovni Inštitut, 2010). He is currently a postdoctoral fellow of Humboldt Foundation and works at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Margareta Kern (b.1974, Croatia/Bosnia-Herzegovina) is a visual artist. Her photography, animation, video and installation works, draw the viewer into an implicated space where social, aesthetic and political relations are questioned. Kern holds a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths’ College (1998), and MA in Visual Anthropology and SE European Studies from UCL, London (2010). She held several residencies, including Durham University funded by Leverhulme Trust (2012), the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, University of Bath (2010) and Milchhoff Studios, Berlin, funded by the British Council (2009). Winner of several project grants and awards (Arts Council England, British Film Institute, National Media Museum), her work has been shown extensively including Necessary Journeys, Loteria!, Tate Modern; terms & conditions, INIVA (London); Over the Counter, Kunsthalle (Budapest); GUESTures, Kapelica (Ljubljana) i SC Galerija (Zagreb), Izoženosti, Spa Port (Banja Luka), photomonth (Krakow) and currently 54th October Salon Belgrade. Kern lives and works in London. 

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