Country: Portugal, England
Field(s): Sculpture, New media
Exhibition- It is what it is, what it was and what it’ll be, KC Grad gallery, Belgrade, July 2015.
It is what it is, what it was and what it’ll be, is a special multimedia exhibit of Portuguese artist living in London, Teresa Paiva. Some of the artworks will be done on site, and the completion of the exhibit will be done during the opening night, as Paiva will be doing a special performance in collaboration with two local artists: Gordana Žikić and Boško Begović.
This exhibition consolidates the artistic research and work produced by the artist during a previous residency undertaken at Belgrade Air in 2014, exploring urban myths, cultural appropriation and hybridism.
Reevaluated and reworked to respond to the space and its geographic qualities (and at a larger scale to the socio-cultural history of the city), the exhibition loosely intertwines historic narratives with geologic exploration, incidents and accidents.
Departing from a myriad of archive sources, including the internet, found books and objects, the work presented delves in a diverse array of media (video, collage, assemblage, etc) weaving across disparate temporalities and ‘situations ‘to interlink seemingly disparate events such as the Youth Relay Race and the urban legend of Vlada Vasiljevic (Belgrade phantom) with other occurrences akin to the artist own work processes and meaning making mechanisms.
This body of work reflects the artist continued interest in critical looking into notions of ‘history’ and cultural sovereignty, and its impact upon quotidian living and collective memory, past, present and future.
Photography by Neda Mojsilović, KC Grad