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Constellations of Multiple Wishes


17/02/23 4/06/23

The Mosaic Rooms is pleased to announce Constellations of Multiple Wishes. This group exhibition contemplates entangled recent histories, from the foundations of the Non-Aligned Movement. Co-curated with Bojana Piškur, the exhibition brings together archival materials, existing and newly commissioned works that connect peripheral geographies, agitating relationships between time and memory.

Derived from the principles of the 1955 Afro–Asian Conference in Bandung, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) mobilised a desire for an alternative to the two dominant power blocks during the Cold War. Born in 1961 out of the liberation and independence movements across the globe, its ideology was rooted in anti-imperialism, anti-colonialism, anti-racism and anti-capitalism. It sought to initiate infrastructures of cultural equality and expansive networks of cooperation and solidarity.

Although significantly distinct, our shared present remains burdened by deep divisions and increasing global inequalities. Though NAM continues to exist now with 120 member states, it has lost its significance and resemblance to the 1960s movement and its intentions. Avoiding the allure of nostalgia, Constellations of Multiple Wishes is inspired by the notion of ‘potential history.’ A form of being and thinking with others both living and past across time, using it to reactivate ideas, and counter the politics and poetics of memory. The exhibition refuses the position of historian; it loops, repeats, rewinds and forwards, acting as a conduit for shared ideas.

Alongside archival materials, the exhibition will include works by contemporary artists such as Larry Achiampong, Nika Autor, Alia Farid, KURS, Basim Magdy, and feature a small selection of works from The Art of Non-aligned Collection Laboratory, including works by Inji Aflatoun, Kareem Dabbah, Choukri Mesli and Khadeir Al Shakarji. More details here.

As The Mosaic Rooms celebrates its 15th year, this exhibition opens a yearlong programme that interrogates active solidarity, support structures and alternative models of self-organisation and collaboration.

Bojana Piškur works as a curator in the Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. Her focus of professional interest is on political issues as they relate to or are manifested in the field of art, with special emphasis on the region of post-Yugoslavia. Recent exhibitions include; ‘Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned’, ‘Art at Work. At the Crossroads between Utopianism and (In)Dependence’ (curated by B. Piškur, A. Mizerit, I. Španjol, Z. Badovinac, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana), ‘Mapping (Un)Solidarities’, co-curated with Yazid Anani (A. M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah), ‘Contemporary Art of the Non-Aligned Countries Exhibition, Jakarta 1995’ co-curated with Grace Samboh and Rachel Surijata in the frame of Rewinding Internationalism project (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven) and ‘Which side are you on? On the non-aligned decolonial constellation’, co-curated with Ivana Vaseva (National Opera and Ballet, Skopje).

PRESS RELEASE – Constellations of Multiple Wishes

Image: Still: Sunny Railways, Nika Autor, 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

This exhibition is generously supported by Arts Council England

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