Damir Očko, Still from SPRING, four poems for a voice and various sounds, HD video, 19:58”

Damir Očko, Still from SPRING, four poems for a voice and various sounds, HD video, 19:58”

Arists: Iz Östat, Lana Čmajčanin and Adela Jušić, Gazmend Ejupi, Damir Očko, Stefanos Tsivopoulos

When: 10 – 17 September 2015, Where: 32-38 Duke Place, London, EC3A

The moment just after a decisive event is silent. Hereafter thought changes. It is a moment of breathlessness, before language bestows different meanings; locations change significance and we experience detachment from ourselves.

Organised by BAG (Balkan Artist Guild), the exhibition brings together a number of works, which reflect on the profound effect incisions, namely in political or conflict related contexts, have on experience. The title of the exhibition’ two mouthsful of silence’ is the last line of Paul Celan’s poem ‘Sprachgitter’, (translated as ‘ Speech-grill’ or ‘Language-mesh’). It refers to the wooden lattice of the confession booth or the more modern entry phone speaker.  Language as pattern is seen as a means of detaching from trauma, with Celan biographically linked to the Shoah and subsequent exodus, to France.

Linguistic and pictorial fragmentation and re-contextualisation can function as artistic tropes to process trauma/incision/ revolt as a societal tool for collective recovery or to imply impending change. The exhibition ‘two mouthsful of silence’ seeks to connect works based on these structural conceits formally and conceptually.

A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Sponsored by Zebrano and 4m Group

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BAG (Balkan Artist Guild) is a new London-based art resource, gallery and virtual platform which promotes and supports artists relating to the wider Balkan region.

www.balkanartistsguild.co.uk

kristale@balkanartistsguild.co.uk