VICTORY OBSESSED
exhibition

when: 6.09.
to: 10.10.
where: The Exhibition Hall / The Column Hall / The Imperial Hallway / Rooms 102-104, 117 / The Fireplace Chamber
ticket price:
exhibition: 6 PLN (reduced), 7 PLN (regular), 5 PLN (group)

Artists: Kuba Bąkowski, Yane Calovski, Lana Čmajčanin, Nemanja Cvijanović , Dani Gal, Douglas Gordon & Philippe Parreno, Assaf Gruber, Igor Grubić, Filip Jovanovski, Adela Jusić, Christine Laquet, Dominik Lejman, Alban Muja, Ahmet Öğüt, Obsessive Possessive Aggresion, Igor Toshevski, Nikola Uzunovski, Sislej Xhafa, Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi
Curator: Agata Rogoś


The idea of the exhibition is to analyse the notion of sport as a public and politicised ritual of the masses and a theatricalization of the public space. Sport will be employed as a kind of metaphor, revealing the hidden power and exposing social systems. The narration of the exhibition will strive to liberate and demonstrate the philosophy of victory.

The obsession of winning or at least being successful is an important part of the public sphere and of the ritualization of the spectacle. The most profound layer of striving for power and victory may be an embodiment of the dream of perfection. Experiencing the joy of winning lasts a mere instant and disappears with the next blink of an eye. The aim of this project is to make the impossible possible – the analysis of this very special and elusive moment. Production of happiness and all-embracing joy in the public space is most evident during public rituals – the spectacles of the body and sport. In fact, sport is an attempt at extending the sensation of happiness indefinitely. 

The exhibition will focus on issues related to sport (approached through the philosophy of victory and the manner of expressing ideology), contest and rivalry, as well as their vital element – the defeat.  The structure of CONTEST, RIVALRY AND DEFEAT will conceal the trap of creating ritual spectacles in the public sphere. We are all a part of this spectacle and it is extremely difficult to break free of the rituals. The social system imposes certain forms of behaviour on individuals and makes us into participants of one spectacle, where it is equally important to become a part of the performative act of contest and rivalry as well as partake in the brief moment of victory or defeat.

Is there a away to escape the rigid framework of the ritualised spectacle? What will we find on the other side? 
 

Adela Jusić, Little Girl, fotografia Ahmet Öğüt, Wikipolis, 2011, 16mm film Alban Muja, My name, your city, 2012, fotografia Assaf Gruber, Fleshing, 2012, instalacja Dani Gal, Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental, 2012, video Igor Grubić, Missing Architecture, 2012, fotografia Sislej Xhafa,Skinheads Swimming, 2002, video

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