For The Naked I opted for diversity- trying to sustain a regard upon the Italian artistic scene that would diverge from what normally offered to the international public. All three chosen artists are fully proactive on the Italian independent art scene and differently collaborating in person with CARS activities and more independent art spaces.
While trying to describe how the social space in Serbia has been produced in recent history and what are the main driving forces that are shaping it up, I came up with the formulation of the perverse marriage between predatory capitalism and aggressive Orthodox Christianity.
For The Naked I propose three young artists who best represent what Estonian contemporary art is about in 2013. All three artists work with installation in most different ways. Their work stands out in Estonian contemporary art field for extraordinary visual poetics and games, and for imagining alternative ways of approaching issues of everyday life and politics. All these artists are more or less concerned with the dialectics of post-Soviet and Western world by proposing visual imaginaries of one or the other. However, their biggest strength is in imagining realities that are neither nostalgic nor futuristic but are looking for ways to describe contemporary state.
The choice I had to make for the Naked was not an easy one. The notion ‘localism’ that should form the decision on the material selected for it, is ambiguous and discussible. If to believe and follow the words put by Zygmunt Bauman, who speaks about uncertainty and non-margin situation, when everything is fluid, there is no local anymore; what we are experiencing now is an acceleration of liquidity. Trying to avoid the constructed opposition of ‘local’ versus ‘center’, I have chosen to present three Latvian artists – Evita Vasiļjeva, Inga Meldere and Kaspars Groševs, who actually are not local in the sense that they would be based or tied exclusively to the Latvian art scene. Instead they are very active internationally, as two of them have spent (or are still spending) some time studying abroad, and all of them exhibit their work in various exhibitions and engage themselves in different contexts, cultures and networks. They all are in their early careers. The way their artistic styles have developed refers to local influences and traditions. In other words, the points of departure that, be they more visible or hidden, reflect on the local, Latvian context, which is seen as oriented towards the poetic and the picturesque. Thus this presentation turns out to be about tangibility, memory of materials, their surfaces, an urge to expand or to overcome borders and to seek definitions that, once found, immediately slip away.