Presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, and supported by the Albanian Institute New York - NORMALITIES - a show starring artists from the Western Balkan region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia), Croatia, as well as from Austria and the United States, sets out to explore the concept of normality from a number of different angels. Artists include Flaka Haliti, Armando Lulaj, Damir Očko, and Irena Lagator Pejović, whose works were featured at the 55th and 56th Venice Biennials in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Artists on View: CÄCILIA BROWN, NEMANJA CVIJANOVIĆ, DUŠICA DRAŽIĆ, FLAKA HALITI, IBRO HASANOVIĆ, JELENA JUREŠA, JAKOB LENA KNEBL, IRENA LAGATOR PEJOVIĆ, ARMANDO LULAJ, ALBAN MUJA, DAMIR OČKO, ANA PRVAČKI, MARUŠA SAGADIN, SAŠO STANOJKOVIЌ, KERSTIN VON GABAIN
In the past century, the region was a laboratory of extraordinary political circumstances, and still is by all means a place in constant transition. In recent times Southeastern Europe has gone through a massive transformation in an economical as well as political sense. Migration has made Vienna the fastest growing European capital, the city with the third-largest Serbian population, and home to many emerging artists. The integration of the Western Balkan countries into the European Union is a clear goal, but still an ongoing process. Apart from these political aspects of normalization, the concept of ‘normality’ becomes all the more attractive within various different theoretical frameworks and disciplines, from philosophy and psychology to sociology and, of course, the arts.The term ‘normality’ defies any attempt at a concise—let alone exhaustive—definition. Its meaning is in constant flux, changing in the most unpredictable ways, as the Balkan region has over the past century.
The works showcased in Normalities go beyond art of a post-conflict society, they range from print, collage and sculpture to photography and video, support the approach of constantly questioning normality. Some artistic positions deal with overcoming the past and create a new reading by shifting historical symbols. Others address the friction between intimate and public, private and political, and the many dimensions in which issues of normality pervade through and guide society.
The works in the exhibition range from examinations of materiality, methods of production, architectural design, and artistic production to more personal meditations on gender, sexuality, and individual wellbeing. In addition, they also deal with geopolitics, history, and our interpretations and relationships to current events.For more details about the exhibition, artists and curators, have a look here.
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is the main cultural embassy of the Republic of Austria in New York and the United States, dedicated to showcase Austrian art, music, film, theater, and literature, presenting “as much from our cultural past as necessary and as much contemporary art as possible”.
The Albanian Institute New York is a contemporary art institution, that promotes and supports artists across disciplines, provides a forum for cultural exchange and dialogue, and creates educational opportunities in the US and beyond.