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ICE FLOE
THE INSTITUTIONAL ISSUE

Crossroads between Eastern Europe and the River Plate region
National Museum for the Visual Arts of Montevideo (MNAV)
Tomas Giribaldi Av. 2283

Opening: 25th May, 2017

ArtLeaks, Azra Akšamija, Aldo Baroffio y Soledad Bettoni, Carlos Capelán, Graciela Carnevale, Andreas Fogarasi, Liljana Gjuzelova y Sašo Stanojkovik, Hungry Artists Foundation, Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Lea Lublin, Dalibor Martinis, Paula Massarutti, Ivan Moudov, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Tadej Pogačar, Mariana Tellería, Pablo Uribe y Leonello Zambon.

TÉMPANO. El problema de lo institucional. Cruces entre Europa del Este y el Río de la Plata [ICE FLOE. The institutional issue. Crossroads between Eastern Europe and the River Plate region] is a research project produced by Museum of Contemporary Art of Montevideo (MACMO). Its primary objective is to replicate, producing cross-regional dialogues and correspondences, the research and exhibition program Inside Out. Not so white cube, a project focused on artists and artworks related to the institutional issue (institutional critique, art and institutions, instituent practices, institutionalisms) in Central and South-Eastern Europe led by Alenka Gregorič (artistic director of the City Art Gallery of Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Suzana Milevska (independent curator and theorist based in Macedonia, principle researcher at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy). Inside Out. Not so white cube was presented to the public through exhibitions, publications and open activities in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Belgrade (Serbia) in 2015 and 2016.

ICE FLOE. The institutional issue. Crossroads between Eastern Europe and the River Plate region builds bridges between some of those art practices analyzed by Gregorič and Milevska and similar ones (in their aims, methods or spirit) from the River Plate region of South America. MACMO’s research team (which also integrated students from the National School of Fine Arts from Montevideo) selected 10 artists and collectives from the Inside Out. Not so white cube show held at the City Art Gallery of Ljubljana (September-November, 2015) to be joined by 9 study cases addressing art works and art projects produced by artists from Uruguay and Argentina since the end of the sixties to the present day. Through this corpus, dialogues are established, similar symptoms are distinguished, and absences and differences are discerned, between two contexts of production which are very different in many aspects while sharing a series of common characteristics. The comparative analysis of this repertoire of artistic positions offers us some tools to put exotisms and isolations into question, to produce critical readings, and to construct contexts of interpretation that surpass local and national positions and terminologies.

The documentary exhibition of the project will be held at the National Museum for the Visual Arts of Montevideo (MNAV) in May-June, 2017 and it will be accompanied by a program of public activities and publications. 

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