All That We Have in Common

Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje

18. December 2021 – 31. March 2022

The exhibition tends to explore the precarious socially critical production of discourses and its manifestations, as well as to analyze the conditions of insecurity in the capitalist local and global context by certain artworks and practices. The exhibition addresses works that show the potential of art as a politic.

The selected artists explore this territory using the available human and physical resources in the direction of social action for the common good with the intention to show that a more aggressive form of resistance in the artwork is possible. This requires imagination transformed into a “new labor”, but also a joint association into new forms of political action in the special and global domains of insecurity.

Kristina Bozurska | Tangled Threads | 2019

“All That We Have in Common relates to situations we all witness and live in, connected to vulnerability and existential insecurity, economic injustice, political manipulation, poor regulation of labor rights, the myth of free speech, conspiracy theories that spread nationalism, labor exploitation, contemporary racial violence, the struggles of queer movements, the consequences on the psyche and body of political “discipline” in different contexts and situations, in Macedonia, the region and the world. At the same time, the exhibition encourages us to question the way we perceive our current situation, to suggest scenarios for some new future alliances and free territories, and to make us think about how our individual visions, and responsibilities can be socially shared in order to serve to collective purposes”, is the statement of the curators Mira Gakjina and Jovanka Popova.

Francis Alÿs | Paradox of Praxis 1 (Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing) | 1997 

If capitalism inevitably seeks to focus on the self, the exhibition raises the questions: – What is the world like when it is experienced, developed, and lived from the perspective of differences, not identity? What are the ways in which solidarity and care for the other can be a point of resistance against the capitalist order? In that direction, the presented works will explore the links between solidarity and politics as well as the possible feasible and positive alternatives that create new spaces that affect the public through the private, the captive state through everyday action,  that results in new types of associations, organization, structures, and institutions.

The main goal is to offer artistic interpretation and deeper analysis of radical leftist policies and practices that address the concept of cognition of diversity and solidarity at the local and global level, researched and presented through artistic action.

Works by Francis Alÿs, Marwa Arsanios, Kristina Bozurska, Sharon Hayes, Arthur Jafa, Hiwa K, OPA (Obsessive Possessive Aggression), Jonas Staal, Igor Toshevski, Wu Tsang, Dardan Zhegrova will be featured.

Curators of the exhibition are Mira Gakjina and Jovanka Popova.

Design of visual identity: Neda Firfova

The project is realized with the support of The Ministry of Culture of Republic of North Macedonia, EVN Macedonia and Tikves.

Works in the gallery from top left to right: 1. Igor Toshevski, Another Damn Moment: The Passenger, 2018; 2. Sharon Hayes, Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love? 2007; 3. Kristina Bozurska, Set in stone, 2019; 4. OPA (Obsessive Possessive Aggression), Eternal Body, 2013; 5. Igor Toshevski, Territories, 2004 -2021; 6. Jonas Staal, New Unions, 2016 – 2019; 7. Dardan Zhegrova, We All Ran Around the Backyard, 2019; 8. Marwa Arsanios, Amateurs, Stars, Extras or The Labour of Love, 2018, 9. OPA (Obsessive Possessive Aggression) in collaboration with Sofia Grigoriadou, Propaganda Office, 2021 | Photo-credit: Maja Argakieva