Monday, September 23, 2013

Saloon : There is no Country in our Hearts

Between September 27 and October 3 the Museum shows first from the series of three innovative performances by New York performance artists, who will work with the current new presentation of the collection to expand its frame and outline to new boundaries, interactions, notions, and readings.
As part of the exhibition "In the Heart of the Country", SALOON by Georgia Sagri presents "There is no country in our hearts". SALOON is an ongoing performance project initiated in 2007. SALOON will be working on the collection and its reconfiguration through series of performances with works in the Museum collection and works of the invited artists: Roman Stańczak and Kostis Velonis, Zofia Kulik and Anna Molska, Geta Brătescu and Asli Çavuşoğlu, Jack Smith and Bill Kouligas. Through “hijacking” of a curatorial process this performance in duets reshapes the environment of dynamic exchanges between seen works.
SALOON manifests Sagri's involvement in ideas of movement, flee, and deterritorialization. "It derives just out of need for enjoyment and constant change. Assuming there is no passive and active, inside and outside, representation and representatives what kind of social grounds can be created? SALOON is the moment of question not answer."
I. September 27 (Friday) at 8pm
Roman Stańczak and Kostis Velonis
II. September 28 (Saturday) at 8pm
Zofia Kulik and Anna Molska
III. October 2 (Wednesday) at 8pm
Geta Brătescu and Asli Çavuşoğlu
IV. October 3 (Thursday) at 8pm
Jack Smith and Bill Kouligas

SALOON: There is no country in our hearts
"There is no country in our hearts" I told her and she looked at me with surprise. I couldn't suggest a drink after that look of hers. With that gaze of hers, its discomfort that made me think of my knees and how I need to open my bag without reason, just checking things in my bag I walked and walked for hours. I started recording my voice saying how I hate being asked from which country I am, those shitty borders, nationalities, national expectations for what, for whom exactly are those expectations for, for which reason to talk my mother tongue like there is something that belongs to me when I speak it? I want my steps to be steps of pleasure for the things I do that I don't need to name, - I recorded that- the smells, sounds, textures, clothing and behaviors of a different world.
Georgia Sagri, 2013

Roman Stańczak, Cupboards, 1996

Curator : Monika Szczukowska, Collaboration :Natalia Sielewicz

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw