Nikola Uzunovski

In Pursuit of the Impossible

Exhibition by Nikola Uzunovski

Nikola Uzunovski, My Sunshine, Helsinki, 02063,  2009,  Print on paper   90 x 160 cm Edition of 5
Nikola Uzunovski, My Sunshine, Helsinki, 02063, 2009, Print on paper 90 x 160 cm Edition of 5
Sia Gallery invites you to the opening of the exhibition ‘In Pursuit of the Impossible’ by artist Nikola Uzunovski.
Nikola Uzunovski as part of the showcase of his work entitled “Looking for the Impossible”, presents the outcome of his decade long research and the history of his efforts to bring to life his most ambitious project yet, “My Sunshine, (2005-ongoing). This project is the result of comprehensive research and a number of collaborations, starting in 2005 with his artistic residence in Finland and the directly experiencing the harsh conditions of the Arctic Polar Circle. This open-ended project has been exhibited in various countries, the most important of which was the presentation as part of the official program of the Venice Biennale in 2009. He later embarked on other projects, such as “Solar Clouds” (2013-ongoing) and “Thermal-Solar Aircrafts” (2014-ongoing), which have been born out of the vast experience gained from the years of work on the different stages of the original project, as well as through the modifications of the results and the potential arising from the produced prototypes.
Collected under the umbrella title “Looking for the Impossible”, these ideas/projects, though already individually presented at various international exhibitions, are for the first time showcased as a whole in the SIA Gallery in Skopje. This has taken the form of a research laboratory, but at the same time of an archive of the ongoing process of research which has yielded sketches, blueprints, animations, models, graphs and photographic documentation. All of them can be located in the space in-between art and science, visions of the future and about pressing social issues, positioned at the cross-road where the poetic, the political and the hyper-technological intersect.
The period of the research undertaken by Uzunovski almost coincides with the period in which Macedonian society slowly enters its second transition phase. Through the actions of the ideological apparatus, our society has further developed an openly conservative and starkly anti-intellectual environment with visible signs of authoritarianism. The evident tendency to abolish the political understood as democratic antagonism, accompanied by the most brutal neo-liberal agendas for the ultimate abolishing of the social in the interest of the private, without any respect for equality. It is exactly this context that makes these project particularly interesting, especially if one considers the issue of what is possible, here and now, as opposed to the is desired for the future.
Excerpt from the text by Vladimir Janchevski, “Was Yesterday’s Tomorrow Better?, or How Can We Learn to Love the Future”, published in the catalogue for the exhibition.
NIKOLA UZUNOVSKI was born in Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia in 1979.
He has exhibited in more than a hundred shows around the world. In 2005, he participated at the 53° Biennale di Venezia, in the project Floating Cites. In 2007, he won the prize Young European Artist Trieste Contemporanea for his project My Sunshine, a project he continued during the artists residence at Pollinaria, Abruzzi, 2008, and developed further for the Macedonian Pavilion at the 53° International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, (2009).Selected solo shows include: Snow (2009), and My Sunshine-Venice (2010), both at Federico Luger Gallery, Milan. Major group exhibitions include: White and Other, In Any Case Art, at Palazzo Cavour, Turin, Italy, (2005); Greenwashing, at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2008); Green Platform, at Fondazione Strozzi, Florence, Italy (2009) and Spaceship Earth, at Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun, Poland (2011).


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My Sunshine, Venice, 3482; 2009; photo documentation of live art event during Venice Biennial, Macedonian Pavilion 2009


Related pages:

Nikola Uzunovski‘s Biography

Vladimir Jancevski‘s essay Was Yesterday’s Tomorrow Better?, or How Can We Learn to Love the Future

Nikola Uzunovski‘s Private View Images

Nikola Uzunovski‘s workshop with pupils from Josip Broz’s IB students


Past exhibitions:

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