RE: IMAGINING EUROPE
13 September - 2 DeCember 2017
opening: 12 SEPTEMBER, 7 pm
GROUP EXHIBITION WITH Nikos Aslanidis, Maria Capelo, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Milena Dragicevic, Luisa Kasalicky, Ida Lindgren, Mark Manders, Michael Markwick, Agnieszka Polska & Witek Orski, Monika Sosnowska and Tessa VerdeR
CURATED BY JURRIAAN BENSCHOP
This exhibition shows the rich imagination that can be found across the European continent. Through the work of twelve artists, a variety of motifs and attitudes unfold. Instead of general statements about Europe, the viewer is offered differentiated and nuanced individual perspectives. Some of them are rooted in local histories, while others relate to the history of art, to nature, or to the search for the timeless. Together, the twelve participating artists offer a panorama of European imagination in times of migration, mobility, and political turbulence.
Throughout Europe a variety of languages, landscapes, and ways of living can be encountered against the background of a shared history and a common understanding of what is necessary for art to flourish. This coherent diversity is reflected through the attitudes and imaginations of the artists brought together in this show. The artists understand their work as being part of a global (art) society. And yet, local sensibilities are also included in their works. The exhibition shows work from artists based in such different locations as Berlin, Enköping, Lisbon, London, Ronse, Thessaloniki, Vienna and Warsaw.
With Re: Imagining Europe, Box Freiraum follows up on the exhibition As If, At Home (2016), which reflected on cultural origin and the notion of home and belonging. The current exhibition identifies different sources for artistic creation, and highlights imagination and stories of origin.