EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES is an exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), and it is being presented in Athens in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Athen, and EMΣT | National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens.
The co-creative exhibition project explores the current social and political climate in Europe and the idea of a European identity. The focus is on less visible and marginalised geopolitical and cultural spaces, in particular in southeast and eastern Europe. These are so-called semi-peripheries and places of diversity that often play only a minor role in many international theoretical discourses and exhibition practices, such as the multi-ethnic city of Sarajevo – the first venue of the project.
As part of a multi-month process, Adnan Softić collaborated with the EVROVIZION team to create archive furniture that would reflect and illuminate the complexity and processuality of the project. Taking an overarching and ever unchanging premise as a starting point, Softić develops a new multimedia artwork for each project venue: is the open society really a modern concept, or has this always existed? Are there, or were there, narratives that might be relevant for the Europe of today? The countries in which the exhibition is to be shown can be seen as part of Europe‘s so-called periphery. Over the centuries, these areas have repeatedly been home to a diversity of multiple ethnic groups living together. In collaboration with local fugures, Softić will use his artistic works to study and explore the idea of living diversity. More than anything, these works delve into the question as to why this diversity has so often been suppressed. The resultant series of works will link these places and make possible new synergies. Like a travelling, open archive, the work will grow and change continuously as the project progresses from venue to venue, creating a new image of Europe that may be unknown to us.
29 April - 16 June 2023