The web exhibition Looking Back to Look Forward highlights works and artists from the City of Women archive that focus on collective actions, precarious labour, structural exploitation, solidarity and poetic protest. The works chosen specifically speak to the unique history of the former Yugoslavia region, with a focus on socially engaged art. As well as mapping their own curatorial research, the selection offers further context to curator’s collaboration with artist Alicja Rogalska whose work Kinds of Pressure is presented in Škuc Gallery (2 – 18 October 2019).
Curated by: osborn&møller
Produced by: City of Women
Co-produced by: Moderna galerija + Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, MG+MSUM / Web Museum (Ida Hiršenfelder), City of Women archive (Eva Matjašič)
Supported by: i-Portunus (Creative Europe); City of Ljubljana; The Public Fund for Cultural Activities.
osborn&møller is Emma Møller (DK) and Mary Osborn (GB), an independent curatorial duo unattached to any one organisation, city or country who come together to create temporary spaces for performance encounters. They are interested in performance as a practice that can disrupt structures of oppression, re-think hierarchies, illuminate the slippery borders between bodies and offer a space for critical empathy and imagining. To date, they have worked with Wellcome Collection (London), City of Women (Ljubljana), Warehouse9 (Copenhagen), Artsadmin (London) and performingborders (London). Their first project, Bodies Beyond Borders: Territory (Warehouse9, Copenhagen, 2017) explored geopolitical fear tactics, and was born in response to the very particular moment in summer 2016 when their collaboration formed and the border between the UK and mainland Europe began to be redrawn. www.osbornmoller.org