The exhibition In Pursuit of the Impossible, by Nikola Uzunovski at the Serious Interests Agency Gallery, Skopje, Macedonia, presents the outcome of his decade-long research, My Sunshine (2005-ongoing). The project is the result of research process and collaborations with an artist residency in Finland, in the Arctic Polar Circle, which also generated related projects, such as Solar Clouds (2013 – ongoing) and Thermal-Solar Aircrafts (2014 – ongoing).
The exhibition, In Pursuit of the Impossible, at the SIA Gallery in Skopje, takes the form of a research laboratory, and an archive of the sketches, blueprints, animations, models, graphs and photographic documentation. The projects/works lie somewhere in the territory between art and science, providing visions of the future and raising questions about pressing social issues. They are positioned at the cross-roads where the poetic, the political and the hyper-technological intersect.
Uzunovski’s work parallels the period in which the political ideology of Macedonian society developed a more authoritarian, conservative and anti-intellectual environment. In this context that makes these projects engage the issues of what is possible, here and now, as opposed to what may be wished for the future.
Excerpt from the essay Was Yesterday’s Tomorrow Better?, or How Can We Learn to Love the Future, by Vladimir Janchevski, written for SIA and published in the exhibition catalogue.
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).
Serious Interests Agency (SIA) is an independent project space, based in Skopje, Macedonia. SIA promotes socially engaged creative and theoretical practices. SIA supports artistic, curatorial and theoretical/research activities, including urban and architecture related research. SIA is interested in work that investigates, observes, analyzes and constructively and creatively responds to our local context. SIA engages with a wide range of media: public exhibitions, online exhibitions, residencies, presentations & open discussions, as well as publications. Initiators and directors of SIA are Nada Prlja (artist) and Daniel Serafimovski (architect).
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