[artinfo] CACT - Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki Revolution I Love You

St. Auby Tamas iput at c3.hu
Fri Apr 25 14:27:38 CEST 2008

April 25, 2008

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CACT - Contemporary Art
Center of Thessaloniki

Revolution I Love You
1968 in Art, Politics and Philosophy
5 May - 14 June 2008

Curators Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Opening reception:
Monday 5 May, 2008 20:30
Opening speech by Syrago Tsiara


'Revolution, I Love You' is a slogan from May '68 that recalls the  
exuberance, deep desire for change and belief in the possibility of  
freedom illuminating a precious moment of universal revolt. The  
exhibition investigates 1968 as an interlude of liberty and global  
resistance, focussing on the interplay between the politics of the  
street, radical philosophy, and the explosion of creative responses  
in the period. It considers the modalities of the unrest across  
Europe against the backdrop of contrasting economic and political  
systems in East and West.

The exhibition brings together works created in the immediate  
aftermath of 1968, more recent artistic responses to the legacy of  
that world-changing year, as well as current approaches to  
contemporary social and political struggle. The participating artists  
are: Mladen Stilinovic, Tamás St.Auby, Zofia Kulik, Stefanos  
Tsivopoulos, Oliver Ressler, Fia-Stina Sandlund, Miklós Erhardt,  
Heath Bunting, Marko Lulic, Tamás Kaszás, Jean-Baptiste Ganne and  
Nancy Davenport.

Exhibition publication
Revolution I Love You: 1968 in Art, Politics and Philosophy considers  
the interconnection of art, politics and philosophy in 1968 across a  
divided Europe. It is a mosaic of interviews, statements and essays  
by prominent theorists, historians, curators, cultural workers and  
artists that shows the multipolar and interrelated experience of that  
extraordinary year. Contributors include: Katja Diefenbach, Simon  
Ford, Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Rajko Grlic, Jens Kastner, Kostis  
Kornetis,Viktor Misiano, Lukasz Ronduda and Gaspár Miklós Tamás.

Published by MIRIAD Manchester Metropolitan University with CACT  
Thessaloniki and Trafó House of Contemporary Arts Budapest in  
English, Greek and Hungarian. ISBN: 978-1-905476-34-3. Distributed by  
Cornerhouse http://www.cornerhouse.org

Days of 68
The exhibition is one of a number of events being organized under the  
title "Days of '68", in association with the Thessaloniki Film  
Festival and the historical review Historein, and will feature a  
special film season (5-15 May, at the Olympion), and two conferences  
(4 May in Thessaloniki and 5-6-7 May in Athens).

The director of the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Syrago  
Tsiara explains: "We do not believe the time has come to consign the  
events of May '68 to the museum. We are trying to find whatever has  
retained the vitality of that extraordinary year and can still give  
meaning to contemporary life. Even if the political causes championed  
in that month of May, forty years ago, have ? in many cases ? been  
utterly lost, the fact remains that society has undergone radical  
changes. Sexual liberation, the radicalization of the feminist  
movement, the claiming of equal political rights, the anti-war and  
green movements have defined, to a great extent, the way we think and  
act today as actively engaged citizens."

The exhibition will travel to Trafó House of Contemporary Arts  
Budapest 12 September - 19 October 2008 www.trafo.hu and  
International Project Space Birmingham 13 November ? 19 December 2008  

CACT ? Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki
Warehouse B1 in the Port of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Warehouse B1-Thessaloniki Port
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Thessaloniki ? Greece
Tel: +30 2310 546 683
areti at cact.gr

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