A signal from CONJUNCTION member Iliyana Nedkova: ‘To any of my fellow public art curators and artists based in Gothenburg – the notional home city of our public art curatorial collective, do visit The more tongues you silence, the more they talk at Röda Sten Konsthall – the first solo exhibition of Lala Rascic in Sweden. It features five of Lala’s performative works from 2015 to date, including a new site-specific, opera-inspired commission in collaboration with Gothenburg Baroque early music ensemble. For those of us, not lucky enough to be exposed to this multi-sensory overload, including the artist herself who installed the exhibition remotely and is hoping to see it before it closes to the public on 5 April 2021, do check the Vitual Vernissage of the exhibtion here which I just attended from the comfort of my curatorial studio in Edinburgh.
Why this recommendation? I was reminded of Lala’s first public gallery exhibition in Scotland which I curated as part of Bon Voyage summer exhibition in 2008 at the Threshold artspace, Perth. The screen-mediated vernissage of 6 February 2021 brought me back to Lala’s performative work Untitled (Travel in a Box) which somehow anticipated the confines of the omni-present pandemic screen of 2020. I commissioned and acquired a site-specific, a 22-screen version of this work for the public collection of contempoarry art at Threshold artspace, Perth following Lala’s artist-in-residency at Edinburgh’s ARC Projects, that I co-curated as part of Edinburgh Art Festival in 2007. Intrigued? Download the journal for critical writing READ MORE Issue 6 – free and available here – where the fellow curator November Paynter and published poet Timothy E. Weeks ask which way is up in Lala’s Untitled (Travel in a Box) – described as a smashup tale of two journeys.’