Dislocations | Elena Chemerska & Ivana Mirchevska in conversation with Dr Jon Blackwood

International Summer School logo, 21st - 25th June 2021

Online Exhibition and Artists Q&A

Everyday between 21st - 25th June, 12 - 1pm

Friday 25 June (12 - 1pm) | In conversation with Elena CEMERSKA / Ivana MIRCHESKA (North Macedonia)

Exhibition link: https://linktr.ee/dislocations (live on 21 June)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/757870411556912

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(Please note the title of the ticket is 'Dislocations')

About the Artists

Elena Chemerska (1991) is a visual artist and researcher from Skopje, North Macedonia whose work explores the relationships between aesthetics, materiality and politics. Her main interest lies in thinking through artistic means about the ways in which humans create the basis for the future in relation to memory and the attempt to grasp history in its image. Within her practice, she uses and combines different media and strategies to accentuate and stratify narratives woven into cultural structures where the particular and the universal converge. Her work materializes through painting, drawings, objects, video and interventions in the public sphere.

She holds a Master in Art and Design in Fine Arts from the Master Institute of Visual Cultures, AKV St. Joost Academy of Art and Design, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.

Her work has been presented in North Macedonia and internationally. Exhibitions include: “Thresholds of No-body in Particular” in collaboration with Ivana Mirchevska, YCC, Skopje (2020); Fuori Visioni Festival 6 | Il confine-Atto II, Piacenza, Italy (2021); The Biennial of Young Artists, MOCA- Skopje (2021); AIR program of TheHubofEphemeral—hiddeninsight,GalerijaMiroslavKraljević,Zagreb,Croatia; “MonumentalFluxus”, Expoplu, Nijmegen (2019); “Monument to Freedom- Conversations”, Private Print Studio, Skopje (2019); “Transition” video screening program, Eye Museum, Amsterdam (2018) etc. In 2021 she received the Denes Award for Young Visual Artist up to 35 in North Macedonia.

She is currently based between Skopje, North Macedonia and Berlin, Germany.

Ivana Mirchevska (b.1992, Skopje) is a visual artist and a researcher whose practice is rooted in time-based media, visual anthropology, memory studies and painting. Through experimenting in the hybridizing genre of the documentary, she investigates how technologies of vision work to create subjects and subjectivity. In particular, she looks at the ambivalence of the image in re/presenting the realities of labor, gender, media, surveillance, while searching for the aesthetic potential of the individual and collective body to generate viable propositions and strategies. Using the essayistic as a frame, her practice spans between moving images, archives and installations. Ivana holds a BFA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje (2015) and MFA in visual arts from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy (2018/2019).

She is the co-author of the exhibition Thresholds of no-body in particular, in collaboration with Elena Chemerska, in YCC Gallery-Skopje, for the FIRSTBORN GIRL Festival, (2020). She had participated in Fuori Visioni Festival 6| Tra muro e confine-Atto I e II, Piacenza, Italy (2020-2021); The Biennial of Young Artists, MOCA- Skopje (2021) AIR program of The Hub of Ephemeral — hidden in sight, Galerija Miroslav Kraljević, Zagreb, Croatia; AIR program The Voids- Culture Hub Croatia, Split (2020); ENGAGE- Public school for Social Engagement in Artistic Research, curated by Viafarini, DOCVA Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy (2017). Her video-essay SHE has been published at PHROOM - a Milan based international research platform for contemporary photography and video art (2019) and exhibited at the Utopic Method, International exhibition for Video narration in Granada (2019), Spain and ‘Zapping the archive’ Odesa Photo Days Festival 2020, Odessa, Ukraine (2020).

Ivana is part of the curatorial team of the festival Underground is easier to Breathe organized by Kula Collective.

Chair: Dr Jon Blackwood

Jon Blackwood is an educator, writer and curator. Since 2014 he has worked at Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, where he is currently reader in contemporary art. He has previously worked at DJCAD, University of Dundee. Jon’s research is concentrated on notions of peripherality and post-socialist transition in Central & Eastern Euorpe, as well as contemporary art and activism. Jon is a member of IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, and SCAN. He has curated exhibitions nationally (Summerhall, Edinburgh, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, the Fleming Collection, London) & internationally (Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Atelier DADO, Cetinje; duplex, Sarajevo; Muzej na Grad Skopje, North Macedonia).

The programme for the rest of the week is as follows:

Monday 21 June | In conversation with Olia SOSNOVSKAYA (Belarus / Austria) http://oliasosnovskaya.com

Tuesday 22 June | In conversation with Ahmet ÖGÜT (Turkey) https://www.ahmetogut.com/

Wednesday 23 June | In conversation with Stella ROONEY (Scotland) https://www.stellarooney.com/

Thursday 24 June In conversation with Mila PANIĆ (Germany) https://milapanic.net/

In addition, on Tuesday 22 June, a discussion session will be held between 10 - 11.30am with Dr Jon Blackwood and invited speakers Dr Laura Leuzzi, University of Dundee, and Sally Reaper, director of Look Again Aberdeen. This session will explore digital curation and introduce the Dislocations exhibition thematically.

Click Here to Register (Please note that each daily session should be booked separately. The title of the ticket is 'Dislocations')

First published: 25 May 2021