• Liquidation

John Hawke, Patricio Larrambebere, Iva Marčetić, Bojan Mucko, Fatmir Mustafa, Martha Rosler, Andreas Siekmann

Curator: Sarah Lookofsky
Curatorial assistance: Albert Heta

Opening: 24 July 2013, 20:00
24 July 2013 - 24 August 2013

The privatization of institutions and infrastructure does not always entail noticeable changes to the built environment. Frequently, private takeover does not result in bold displays of corporate logos. Given the rise of shadow financing by multinational conglomerates and private equity investment schemes, it is indeed typically unclear who is in charge. As such, privatization is not necessarily registered within the domain of the visible. Yet, when private corporations appropriate previously socially and publicly owned institutions and spaces, everyday experience is affected: resources are redistributed, operations are changed, passage is rerouted, access is denied.

Liquidation interrogates how privatization, although not always visible, can nevertheless be made intelligible through artistic, social and political practices. Artworks in the exhibition will address shifts in the everyday as a result of privatization, whether drastically experienced or barely registered. By taking as its starting point the “forms” of contemporary capitalism, the exhibition will propose an alternate approach to signification and representation. With the aim of examining how the virtual and unseen nature of capital can lend itself to artistic figuration, works in the exhibition illustrate examples of countering the invisible with the intelligible. In so doing, Liquidation presses the question of the contemporary social relevance of artistic practice.

Liquidation is a project by Sarah Lookofsky produced for Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, realized in collaboration with Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, with contributions by Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery (G-MK), Zagreb. The Institute for Development Research – Riinvest, EIPCP – European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies and Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery (G-MK) are collaborating partners of Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina in implementing the project.

Liquidation at Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina is supported by:
RIKOH, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of the Republic of Kosova, Directorate for Culture, Youth and Sports of the Municipality of Prishtina, Butterfly, Technomarket, Ujë Rugove, X-Print and DZG.