Cluj: When is happiness possible?

When is happiness possible

The exhibition When is happiness possible? is part of the projects within the programme Fiction, Rhetoric, Facts presented at’s branch in Cluj and will be shown from 17 April to 19 May 2014.

Is happiness an individual matter, is it possible in the vicinity of others` unhappiness? In a context of extreme right discourses becoming increasingly visible in the public space, where the intrusion of capital in all aspects of society being increasingly obvious, where the inalienable rights such as water and clean air are lost, and where the extreme disrespect for life becomes acceptable, how to overcome the idea of happiness as a prescription, of happiness as a duty of the neoliberal individual? The project examines the promotion of violence, the removal and concealment of those unhappy, the double standards, the transforming of despair and poverty in individual guilt in a society where the word “happiness” follows us from billboards, from media, from the norms of everyday life.

When is happiness possible?
Exhibition by h.arta group, curated by Attila Tordai-S.
Opening hours: 17 April – 19 Mai 2014, Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 pm.
Venue: Cluj, Str. Brassai Sámuel, nr. 5

h.arta is a group of 3 women artists (Maria Crista, Anca Gyemant and Rodica Tache) whose projects focus on knowledge production and alternative educational models in a feminist frame. They use different forms and formats, such as events, discussions, publications, everyday objects attempting to create new spaces for political expression and action. Their projects are most of the time based on collaboration and they frequently work together with other artists, human rights activists, schools, etc. The methodology is based on friendship, which they would understand as an everyday negotiation of differences, as a way of learning from each other, and as a political statement about the power of solidarity.