From Thursday, September the 27th, to Sunday, September the 30th, Dan Allon Will perform “GHOST AND GOLEMS”, a 4 days performance, at the B#S Gallery
OPENING OF THE PERFORMANCE WITH ARTISTS TALK: September, Saturday the 27th, 19.00 (the entrance and participation is free for all the visitors, reservation is suggested). The performance will continue from 12.30 to 18.30 in the following days.
“The guard/archivist has a fixed daily routine. His schedule is rigid. Every morning he hangs his jacket on the wall, and then passes between the exhibits, making sure they are safe and intact. He then examines the map of the world, straightening any crooked and displaced item. Though he has seen it many times, he takes the time to stop and contemplate of the brown Dybbuk box, pondering of those who have held it in the past. Who were those people? The items tell their story, and he knows it by heart. At times different story comes up, unfolding as he walks around in between the objects. He usually keeps it to himself, with some rare exceptions. It is an intimate story, of people who ones were alive, but the reality is blurred, and from time to time, he wonders: is it the story of their lives, or his own? These moments usually happen when an unexpected visitor enters the room, starting to walk restlessly, studying the exhibits, rummaging through documents, pictures. He impatiently asks for more information, continually asking questions.
In the months of September and October 2018, B#S Gallery will guests the exhibition POST-COLONIAL FRAMES / EX ORIENTE, and, in addition, part of the space will be transformed into a performative “project room”, hosting an evocative cycle of contemporary performances.
The participant artists and performers will rewrite the space with their gestures and their actions, transforming it, from time to time, in prison, in an archive of memories, in the colonial tea room.
Photographs, paintings and installations by Lang Ea, Kimvi Nguyen, Kashif Shahabaz, Christian Tablazon, Estabrak Al-Ansari, Clare Charnley will be showned.
Performances by Ruchi Anadkat, Dan Allon and Neja Tomšič will take place in different dates.
The theme is among the most controversial.
“Ex Oriente Luxus, Luxus, Luxuria”: from the time of classical Greek civilization, the oriental world suggests an imagery of light, luxury and luxurious sensoriality, corresponding, for the man of the West, to the domain of the exotic, to the place in which -in a more or less oniric way- every desire can find form and fulfillment.
Without encyclopedic pretensions, the performance cycle captures “oriental visions” of the complex phenomenon of colonialism, interpreted in its multiform nature by the sensitive eye of the contemporary artist (giving voice to a different narrative).
Thus, behind the silks, spices and perfumes, the colonization of people, the economic exploitation of the naval routes, the cancellation of the local identity and the appropriation of the woman’s body will be displayed, in a revision of the archetypal images of the Orient, and staging out the “B-sides” of this process of geographic and cultural appropriation.
The new vision, made up of fragmented memories, erased faces, faded landscapes and invisible prisons, strikes the viewer with its powerful elegance, outlining links between artists from the Far East (Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Philippines), from the Middle East (Oman, Israel), and of the Near East (Slovenia, Balkans).