June 25 until July 17, 2005
COLLECTIVE ACTIONS EXHIBITION
The series of lectures and exhibition “Collective Action” organized by What, How & for Whom/WHW in Gallery Nova during June 2005 present some of the participants of the exhibition “Collective Creativity” opened by WHW in the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany on May 1st.
The intention of the exhibition “Collective Creativity” is to rethink the role of collective creation in contemporary art, with a special emphasis on the tradition of group action in Eastern Europe and Latin America where collectivity is often a consequence of a particular (oftentimes repressive) social setting, and to investigate the homogeneous version of European modernism and the participation of so-called “marginal” milieus within it. We consider it highly relevant that the exhibition of artistic collectives is articulated from a specific generation perspective and position of working in Zagreb, a so-called “marginal” European center with a long tradition of group activity. The interest in researching the phenomena of joint labor and collective creativity is a consequence of the everyday practice of the curatorial collective What, How & for Whom, whose work is exposed to reexamining the group’s internal dynamic, its strategies and extent of influence. The topic of collective came out of the intensive collaborations present on the independent non-institutional scene in Croatia, along with the awareness of its participants that it is precisely collaboration and solidarity that shape the base for the practices and initiatives that articulate cultural action as a part of social action.
Participating artists/groups: Chto delat?/What’s to be Done | Contra Filé | Etcétera… | Grupo de Arte Callejero | Guerilla Art Action Group | ŠKART| Taller Popular de Serigrafia | The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Location: Gallery Nova
Organized by: What, How & for Whom - WHW