Exhibitions | May 25 2017 7pm
RU Exhibition: Performances by Dardan Zhegrova/Lola Sylaj and Mark Požlep
Thursday, May 25, 7-10pm
41 Seabring St, Brooklyn, NY
Born out of the collaboration of the Kosovo based artists Dardan Zhegrova and Lola Sylaj, Rosehip is a video and performance about a fictional character that embodies a wide range of identities shaped by Western film and media culture. As their newest performance, Rosehip is shaped through interaction with participants willing to inhabit Rosehip’s diva persona by lip singing, reciting, and reenacting sections of popular films that are often seen as magical and escapist.
Rosehip is you, rosehip is me, rosehip is us, rosehip is them, rosehip is it, rosehip is he and she, rosehip is we, rosehip is a bird, rosehip is a dog, rosehip is a bottle, rosehip is a table. Landing here the magic was lost, we were searching for it, and seeing it more away. Rosehip is a wildflower growing without the sun, without the care, she grows in the shadows, everywhere.
Mark Požlep: Blueprint for Revolution. 2017, Video still
With Blueprint for Revolution, a video and performance lecture by Mark Požlep , the Slovenian artist shares his sailing adventures around Manhattan in a canoe that he purchased online as a means to explore human reconciliation through conflicting notions of freedom.
Known for his interdisciplinary travelogues, Požlep's maritime initiative reflects upon the history of an island that occupies the realm of fantasy, discovery, conquest, and survival in the human imagination. Through the physical act of sailing, Požlep activates these ideas by confronting the island’s overwhelming capitalist system. In his journey, nuanced relationships with history, current political state of affairs, and social complexities on the island are revealed through dialog he engages with New Yorkers, reflecting on questions such as: What remains when freedom ends? How much past do we need for the future?
The failure to truly map Manhattan opens a generous space in which futile and vulnerable human prospect becomes larger than the place itself.
The artistic arm of DE-CONSTRUKT Design, DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] develops projects with local and international artists that support the cross pollination of ideas and experimentation among cultural diverse artists and audiences. The program includes an artist in residency, darkroom and studio rental.