[14 March-12 July 2009, TriPostal, Lille] The multiple meanings of the notion scene provide a pattern for this exhibition. “Scene” spans from a general view – something seen – to a more formal theatrical sense, whereby a scene is a structural unit of a play or a film. First and foremost, “scene” relates to a constructed experience; it is essentially incomplete, partial, unfinished. The works of the exhibition can be considered scenes related to different stories or plays, which may be part of larger narratives, yet explicitly tied to specific geographical or historical contexts.
“Scénes Centrales” is accompanied by a catalog as part of the entire presentation entitled “Les Frontières Invisibles” at the TriPostal exhibition space. The essay by Rastko Mocnik, “Will the East’s past be the West’s future?”, provides crucial insights into recent European history. Challenging the traditional insistence upon “immanent features of historical socialisms”, he analyzes the dramas of the social state, setting aside standard assumptions about the differences of East and West and creating an integrated historical account.
With works by Abilsait Atabekov, Chto Delat Group, Danica Dakic, Igor Eskinja, Igor Grubic, Šejla Kamerić, Jamshed Kholikov, Elena Kovylina, Gulnara Kasmalieva/Muratbek Djumaliev, David Maljkovic, Erbossyn Meldibekov, Marjetica Potrč, STEALTH. unlimited, Sophia Tabatadze, Milica Tomic, Alexander Ugay, Christoph Weber. Curated by Elena Sorokina. Download the press release here.