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Today, on International Workers’ Day opens the exhibition FREEDOM? PRIVACY? at the Gallery Decumanus, Krk – Croatia. The Art and Culture Laboratory [KUL•] organizes this group exhibition, which is part of Labor Incubator (Prvomajski Inkubator) festival. A musical and visual event “with the aim of gathering, socializing and developing debate among young musicians, artists and other enthusiasts”.
The theme of this international exhibition ‘FREEDOM? PRIVACY?’ is a response to the impending ACTA treaty (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). A trade treaty which, despite being established without the regular institutions like the UN, WTO and WIPO and being drafted behind closed doors, puts fundamental rights such as privacy and freedom of speech at stake. Only by calling attention to the issue continuously will commercial interests ultimately not outweigh these fundamental rights…
PRIVATE SPACE is my personal contribution to the exhibition / discussion. A work in which three designer wrist mirrors are being presented as commercial products with accompanying instruction image. Privacy and freedom have in this way become themselves commodities, as the somewhat sarcastic solution to a prevailing commercial system. With this work PRIVATE SPACE, is thereby the tension examined between public space and private space.
Participating artists in FREEDOM? PRIVACY?: Daque (Austria), Einat Shteckler (Israel), Enzo Comin (Italy), Erin Fortier (Canada), Hagen Klennert (Germany), Jelena Jovančov (Montenegro), Johannes Gerard (Germany), Klaus Pinter (Austria) Maja Radešić (Croatia), Mirta Grandic (Croatia), Patricia Aramburu (Sweden), Rinat Schnadower (Israel), Roberto Voorbij (The Netherlands), Sal’it Krac (Israel), Tamara Tokic (Croatia) and Ting-Ting Cheng (Taiwan).
Opening: Tuesday May 1, 8:00 PM. The exhibition runs through Friday, May 11, 2012.
Sal’it Krac – Shanghai 01 (2012).
Ting-Ting Cheng – GODISAWOMAN (2012).
Roberto Voorbij – PRIVATE SPACE (2011-12).