ALL DRESSED-UP WITH NOWHERE TO GO (13.12.2007–20.1.2008)

ALL DRESSED-UP WITH NOWHERE TO GO (13.12.2007–20.1.2008)
Datum konání: 
Thu, 2007-12-13 - Sun, 2008-01-20

What, How & for Whom/WHW is an independent curatorial collective based in Zagreb, Croatia, whose activities are exploring the potentials of critical curatorial practice capable of generating innovative models of self-representation and self-organization within the realm of contemporary art. Members of WHW are curators Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović, and designer and publicist Dejan Kršić.
Since 1999 WHW have been intensively developing models based on collective way of working, creative use of public space and collaboration between partners of different backgrounds. Primarily shaped by the format of the exhibition, all WHW projects have been conceived as platforms for progressive modes of cultural production and reflectionsofsocialreality.

The three basic questions of every economic organization – what, how and for whom –taken form the firstWHW exhibition [“What, How & for Whom, dedicated to the 152nd anniversary of the Communist Manifesto,” Home of Croatian Artists, Zagreb, 2000; and “What, How & for Whom, dedicated to the 153rd anniversary of the Communist Manifesto,” Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, 2001], are related to realization of all subsequent WHW exhibitions. This exhibition established WHW curatorial model: partnerships with cultural workers from different fields,reopeningandquestioningoftopicssuppressed within public discourse, establishing of trans-generational and international links.

During the past seven years, WHW had curated numerous international exhibitions, examining broad spectrum of social issues. “Collective Creativity” [Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, 2005] and “Collective Action”, [Gallery Nova, Zagreb, 2005] examined emancipatory aspects of collective work and artists’ groups. Series of WHW exhibitions worked around different aspects of normalization, or better to say, ideology of normalization that is sweeping over Europe since the break up of the Berlin wall and the advancement of European integration processes: the exhibition “Ground Lost”, [Forum Stadpark, Graz 2007] offered a complex account of the psycho-social responses to the acute crises of collective memory and imagination, “Normalization” [Gallery Nova, Zagreb, 2004] questioned that which is lost or hidden in this process, how are the norms determined and to what extent can art and culture account for or influence those developments, and “Normalization, dedicated to Nikola

foto: David Maljković, Lost Memories From These Days, 2006, videostill

SanjaIvekovič, Kateřina Šedá

David Maljkovic