Artists: Ewa Axelrad, Karolina Breguła, Mamuka Japharidze, Taus Makhacheva, Mariam Natroshvili & Detu Jincharadze, Alicja Rogalska, Sabina Sallis
Curated by Katarzyna Sobucka
Europe House Georgia & Center for Contemporary Art Tbilisi
7 - 16 November 2015
The starting point for this project was a socio-political concept of mythology; an exploration of both modern and traditional myths concerning social ideology, stereotypes, prejudices, contemporary culture, urban legends, psychedelia, magic, rural beliefs and primal culture. Participating artists referred to the perceptions of the contemporary as well as archaic and folk mythologies rooted in the cultures and histories of their respective countries.
Myth aimed to present a new take on cultural traditions, with special emphasis on the time of transformation. Quoting Roland Barthes, who claims that everything can become a myth, the project was a platform for an exploration of what we each bring to the table of contemporary mythology, which, for various reasons, becomes a carrier of meaning that is necessary to understand the world. The invited artists explored how myths help to explain the alien and incomprehensible elements of our world, masking social injustice or expressing deeply hidden longing. They tackled issues related to the social representations of mythology, folklore, and cultural and political history. The project raised many questions, such as: Where does the tendency to mythologize start? What do myths really mean, and what function do they perform? What modern means of expression do they incorporate?
Myth also attempted to confront the viewer with direct references to questions about their own country and the various spectres looming over its history. For example the transformation of the social system in Poland, as in many other countries of the former Eastern Bloc, resulted in a variety of interpretations of specific events from the past, critiques of the present, and imagined visions of the future. We wanted to show the diversity of visions and artistic responses to the changing realities and experiences of societies in transformation. A series of short residencies took place in Tbilisi, including workshops and lectures given by the participating artists. While there, participants worked with local artists, collaborating to produce work that was presented during a later exhibition. The exhibition, in addition to showcasing these artistic collaborations, encompassed a multidisciplinary programme of activities, concerts, performances and debates.
Mythologies was presented as a part of Artisterium 2015, Tbilisi's annual International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Event, curated by Magda Guruli.
Supported by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.