Du store verden! og IKM presenterer
no-land - utopias
Yoel Hugo Díaz Vázquez
Videokunst og tegninger - om de eldre og de yngre kubanske generasjoners visjoner, ideer og håp..
Oslo Museum avd. IKM - Internasjonalt Kultursenter og Museum
15. mars - 29. april 2007
Utstillingen ble åpnet 15. mars av Marith Hope, prosjektleder for Mangfoldsåret 2008 hos Nasjonalmuseet
tirs/fre 10-16 tors 10-20 lør/søn 12-16
Kurator: Andrea Sunder-Plassmann
Med-kurator: Daniella van Dijk-Wennberg
Produsert i et samarbeid mellom Du store verden! og Oslo Museum, avd. IKM
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Prosjektet no-land handler om utopia som et sted som i realiteten ikke eksisterer; et tilfluktssted der man kan unnslippe virkeligheten og hengi seg til ønsker og drømmer; et sted utenfor tid og rom, en kraft og motivasjon for å leve. Spørsmålet er: eksisterer det virkelig? og hvordan kan vi nå det? ...
The exhibition will consist of several video works and two series of drawings.
The title no-land is derived from the term utopia which is the name of an imaginary, idealistic island where society lives in harmony and everyone is free from poverty, tyranny and war. In its most common and general positive meaning, it refers to the human efforts to create a better, or perhaps perfect society.
The term "utopia" is combined from two Greek words "no" (ου, ou) and "place/land" (τóπος, topos), thus meaning "nowhere" or more literally, "no-place/no-land". It could also be considered to come from the two Greek words "good" (ευ, eu) and, again, "place/land" (τóπος, topos).
No-land describes the utopia of elderly Cuban people that dedicated all their life and effort to the Cuban Revolution, it talks about young creative people that are passionately longing for it and it talks about the artist himself, who on his way of realizing his dream of being an artist accepts a lot of deprivations like being separated from his family and culture and having to shed skins when he travels between his new and his old home country. At the same time no-land is ambiguously questioning the existence and general understanding of an utopia or paradise as something that in the contemporary understanding is a very personal rather than a collective experience.
It is confronting the older and the younger generation as the one is sacrificing their individual dreams for the universal and collective dream of a social utopia, and the other, the younger generation, who is convinced of the failure of the possibilities of this utopia, have started to generate and develop their individual dreams and visions. They are sacrificing the comfort of living in the familiar environment and culture for the individual dream of self-realization mostly out of the country.
This project no-land talks about the idea of utopia as a place that in reality does not exist, a sanctuary where one can escape reality to the place of desires and dreams, a place beyond time and space, a motor and motivation to live. As mentioned before, utopia is no-land and good-land. The question is, does it really exist and how can we touch it.
The exhibition is curated by Andrea Sunder-Plassmann and co-curator Danielle van Dijk-Wennberg and produced in a cooperation between Du store verden! / the DSV network and Oslo Museum dept IKM International Cultural Centre and Museum.
Yoel Hugo Díaz Vázquez
was born in Havana, Cuba in 1973. He studied fine arts at the National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro in Havana. He is based in Berlin since 2005 and is exhibiting internationally since 2004.
Vázquez works with photography, video, sculpture and drawing.
Although he already lives in Europe since two years, he is still processing experiences of his own Cuban culture. In reference to that he is mainly interested in authentic persons and objects, the energy and behavior of individual human beings, their religious and political beliefs, their state of mind, their anxieties, their passions, their efforts, necessities and dreams. He is aware that the possibility of viewing his own culture from the outside is a privilege that offers an inspiring potential of understanding, which he is exploring as an artist.
Very often his work contains documentary elements that are supposed to present a universal idea. In that sense he is looking for the individual and original in the ordinary, representations of Cuban ideas and icons, not only a well known technique to survive monotony, but also a strategy to understand the social and cultural code of the comparably colder world that he is living in now, preparing his own integration.
Academica ´96 and Muestras Colaterales (parallel to 6th Biennial of Havana)
input, Kunsthaus Essen, Germany and GAB Bielefeld, Germany
emaf (European Media Art Festival), Osnabrück, Germany
Director´s Lounge, Berlin
Andrea Sunder-Plassmann (curator)
works as an artist, an independent curator and as a professor. She is based in Berlin and works internationally. During the last six years she has been teaching at Kunsthøgskolen in Bergen. She lately curated the contemporary Cuban art project “hjertebank” ("heart beat") in collaboration with the Norwegian National Museum and Stiftelsen 3,14.
Her own artistic work focuses on installation, photography and film and the experimental use of light. She investigates subliminal materials, the issue of beauty and the expansion of consciousness in a contemporary context. At the same time she is interested in social interaction and ecological awareness.
Daniella van Dijk-Wennberg (co-curator)
(born 1966 ), Master of Arts, Leiden, Netherlands, and since 2001 curator and head of gallery, exhibitions and education at IKM (International Cultural Centre and Museum) in Oslo. She came to IKM from Agder Kunstsenter (Agder Centre of Art), where whe was head of gallery and education 1997-1999. Daniella was manager for Sørlandsutstillingen (a major art exhibition of Southern Norway). During her stay in Southern Norway she was an active member of Arendal Art Association; well known for its focus on young contemorary artists.
Utstillingen er støttet av Oslo Kommune og Goethe Institutt, Oslo