Group exhibition "Good as Hell: Voicing Resistance", National Gallery of Kosovo, within Manifesta 14
Good as Hell. Voicing Resistance explores the voice as the extension of the human body into the world and, in turn, the condition of politics. As we murmur, speak or shout forth, as we mutter, stutter or remain silent, as we choose one language over another, alter existing ones or invent new ones, we define the nature of our presence towards others.
The exhibition brings together works of art that voice resistance to narratives of violence and subjugation, as these spill over from the private realm into the public sphere and back again. Focusing on contemporary artists from Kosovo, the rest of the former Yugoslavia and its neighbours, it examines responses to forms of oppression emanating from socialist and post-socialist governments and patriarchal, heteronormative social structures.
Two archival projects situate the performances, videos, sculptures and installations within a broader historical and international context. Each a repository of resistance in its own right, the archives attest to the scope of the voice and the body as instruments of dissent and insurrection, but also of care, solidarity and compassion.
Valentina Bonizzi, Haveit Collective, Astrit Ismaili, Hristina Ivanoska, Jelena Jureša, Alevtina Kakhidze, re.act.feminism, Selma Selman, Secondary Archive, Dardan Zhegrova
Secondaryarchive.org is a platform for female artists from Central and Eastern Europe. The digital archive tells the story of the region’s art through the lens of gender, from post-WWII through to the present day. Their goal is to explore ongoing debates on gender, agency, (in)equality, citizenship and feminist activism in post-state socialism.
The period covered by the archive spans three generations: the so-called neo-avant-garde generation that operated within the toughest period of the communist regime; the second generation that emerged in the eighties and nineties having witnessed the Fall of Communism in their early career and the third generation who grew up during political changes that have reshaped the face of present-day Europe.
Secondary Archive has collated more than 300 statements by female artists from Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine. All the artists in the archives were invited to participate in the exhibition at Manifesta 14. They will be joined by artists from Albania, Kosovo and Serbia, whose statements will later be included in the digital archive.
Partners of the exhibition Secondary Archive at Manifesta 14 Prishtina: Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation (Poland), Tirana Art Lab (Albania), Ambasada Kultury (Belarus/Lithuania/Germany), MeetFactory (Czech Republic), Easttopics (Hungary), Oral History Initiative (Kosovo), Center for Cultural Decontamination (Serbia), björnsonova (Slovakia), Artsvit Gallery (Ukraine). The initiative is supported by the Visegrad Fund.
List of all the artists, who will take part in the project:
Albania: Bora Baboçi & Jona Xhepa, Donika Çina, Yllka Gjollesha, Ledia Kostandini, Iva Lulashi, Violana Murataj, Silvi Naçi, Flutura Preka, Edit Pula, Merita Selimi, Eli Xoxa.
Belarus: Xisha Angelova, Alena Davidovich, Zhanna Gladko, Janna Grak, Masha Maroz, Volha Maslouskaya, Vika Mitrichenko, Marina Naprushkina, Ulyana Nevzorova, Ala Savashevich, Nadya Sayapina, Olga Sazykina, Antonina Slobodchikova, Anna Sokolova, Tamara Sokolova, Olia Sosnovskaya, Varvara Sudnik Masha Svyatogor, Galina Vasilyeva, Natalya Zaloznaya, Alesia Zhitkevich
Czech Republic: Darina Alster, Veronika Šrek Bromová, Markéta Garai, Libuše Jarcovjáková, Magdalena Jetelová, Alena Kotzmannová, Viktorie Langer, Mirka Ptáčková, Sráč Sam, Sláva Sobotovičová, Adéla Součková.
Poland: Basia Bańda, Anna Baumgart, Beata Ewa Białecka, Dobrawa Borkała, Bogna Burska, Izabela Chamczyk, Magdalena Ciemierkiewicz, Ewa Ciepielewska, Agata Cieślak, Martyna Czech, Tatiana Czekalska, Iwona Demko, Monika Drożyńska, Karolina Gembara, Małgorzata Goliszewska, Barbara Gryka, Małgorzata Gurowska, Izabella Gustowska, Joanna Helander, Marta Hryniuk, Ewa Hubar, Karolina Jabłońska, Edka Jarząb, Zuzanna Janin, Katarzyna Józefowicz, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Kle Mens, Kolektyw Łaski, Dominika Kowynia, Katarzyna Kozyra, Marta Krześlak, Aleksandra Kubiak, Agnieszka Kurant, Natalia LL, Ewa Łuczak, Agnieszka Mastalerz, Martyna Miller, Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Małgorzata Mycek, Ania Nowak, Dorota Podlaska, Aleka Polis, Marta Romankiv, Irmina Rusicka, Jadwiga Sawicka, Anna Siekierska, Aleksandra Ska, Jadwiga Subczyńska, Katarzyna Szumska, Małgorzata Turewicz-Lafranchi, Ewelina Węgiel, Jaśmina Wójcik, Agata Zbylut.
Hungary: Nikolett Balázs, Marianne Csáky, Orshi Drozdik, Sári Ember, Andrea Fajgerné Dudás, Viola Fátyol, Judit Kis, Katalin Ladik, Ágnes Éva Molnár, Viktória Monhor, Tímea Oravecz, Katharina Roters, Katarina Šević, Eszter Ágnes Szabó, Eszter Szabó, Lilla Szász, Henrietta Szira, Kata Tranker, Dominika Trapp.
Kosovo: Lirije Buliqi, HAVEIT, Majlinda Hoxha, Zake Prelvukaj, Miradije Ramiqi, Kaltrinë Rrustemi, Fitore Isufi Shukriu-Koja, Alketa Xhafa Mripa, Rudina Xhaferi, Valbona Zherka.
Serbia: Dubravka Đurić, Isidora Ilić, Ivana Ivković, Ana Knežević, Bojana Knežević, Neda Kovinić, Milena Maksimović, Marina Marković, Jelena Micić, Darinka Pop Mitić, Mima Orlović, Tanja Ostojić, Andrea Palašti, Vesna Pavlović, Jelica Radovanović, DRUGarica Milica Rakič, Ivana Smiljanić, Jasmina Tešanović, Milica Tomić, Vesna Vesić, Katarina Zdjelar, Dragana Žarevac.
Slovakia: Leontína Berková, Pavlína Fichta Čierna, Ľubomíra Sekerášová. Ukraine: Yana Bachynska, Tereza Barabash, Oksana Chepelyk, Olia Fedorova, Uli Golub, Ksenia Hnylytska, Alevtina Kakhidze, Tetiana Kornieieva, Yulia Kostereva, Yulia Krivich, Maria Kulikovska, Anna Manankina, Valeria Troubina, Anna Zvyagintseva.