The exhibition entitled Liquid Horizons brings together works of six contemporary artists as well as archival material whose common denominator is the construction of large-scale dams over the last five decades. Throughout the twentieth century, dams functioned as facilitators of modernisation in terms of the electric energy they generated for newly developing industries as well as households with their modern appliances, and guarantors of a safe and stable supply of drinking water in the case of reservoirs. However, the exhibition focuses on the darker side of this modernisation, namely the price that had to be paid in terms of the displacement of various communities, the destruction of cultural heritage and damage to the natural environment.
Participating artists: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Ali Cherri, Elle Márjá Eira & Mai-Lis Eira, Lucia Nimcová, documents on the Gabčíkovo–Nagymaros Waterworks from the archive of Mikuláš Huba, and The Archives of the Protest Movement against the Damming of the Alta-Kautokeino Water System (Alta Museum, Norway)
Rado Ištok is a Slovak curator, researcher and editor based in Stockholm. He is a curator of residencies and an exhibition at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (2018-2020) in the framework of 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture, and a leader of Spaces of Care, Disobedience and Desire (2018-2020), a research project in collaboration with Marie-Louise Richards and Natália Rebelo supported by the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.
Opening: Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 6 pm
The opening will be followed by the performance Yoik by Elle-Márjá Eira
Cover picture: © Ali Cherri, Qubba, 2019 (Old Dongola, Northern State, Sudan), colour filter by Aurélia Garová