IRWIN. DREAMS AND CONFLICTS
curated by Julia Draganović and Claudia Löffelholz, LaRete Art Projects
15 March - 2 June 2014
Galleria Civica di Modena
Palazzina dei Giardini | corso Canalgrande | 41100 Modena | Italy
wednesday - friday: 10.30 am - 1 pm, 4 - 7.30 pm
saturday and sunday: 10.30 am - 7.30 pm
monday and tuesday: closed
Collaborations have been at the heart of the work of the Slovenian collective IRWIN for more than 30 years, making them the longest standing group on the world artistic scene, the only exceptions being those groups that are also life partners, such as Gilbert & George or Eva & Adele. The exhibition focuses on the collaboration strategies of the group, both internal and external, presenting projects such as NSK and their cooperation with other artists like Marina Abramović, Joseph Beuys, Andres Serrano and many others.
Born in 1983 from the cooperation between young artists from the punk and graffiti movements of Ljubljana – Dušan Mandič, Miran Mohar, Andrej Savski, Roman Uranjek e Borut Vogelnik – in 1984, in collaboration with the music group Laibach and the theatre company Gledališče sester Scipion Nasice, IRWIN founded another collective known as Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), ‘New Slovenian Art’, which in turn also involved other elements from the world of graphics, video art and philosophy. It thus snowballed to become a massive, towering entity. IRWIN has presented projects in the most important museums and events on the international contemporary scene, from the MoMA in New York to Manifesta and the Venice Biennale.
Collaboration and sharing were thus both the basis and inevitable consequence for IRWIN and the Neue Slowenische Kunst, which in this way became a feature of the political and cultural reality of the Federal Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia. With the fall of Socialism at the start of the ‘90s, Neue Slowenische Kunst mutated into the NSK State in Time. They then decided to objectivise their own nature in the form of a state of their own. Not a territorial state, but a state of thought: one effectively expressed through public involvement in cultural projects, in which its particular image and contents were thus slowly outlined, and multiple relationships were established between its citizens, the number of whom gradually grew thanks to the initiatives in which they took part.
20 years on, the number of citizens in possession of the ‘NSK State in Time’ passport is over 14,000, and its citizens continue to reflect on the notion of a new state, one beyond the differences and conflicts of a ethnical, national, religious or political nature. On the occasion of this exhibition, a temporary ‘NSK State in Time’ passport office will open its doors at the Palazzina deiGiardini, allowing the public to join this extraordinary project.
The Modenese exhibition is the first stage of a complex series of shows in collaboration with the Kunsthalle Osnabrück (Germany) and the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk (Poland) where, in 2015, other exhibitions dedicated to the IRWIN collective will be staged.