Point Blank

25/05 – 25/06/2012 | The Belgrade Cooperative building (Geozavod)

Artists: Alex Baker (UK) • Alfredo Barsuglia (AT) • David Claerbout (BE) • Zorica Čolić (RS) • Siniša Ilić (RS) • Vanessa Mayoraz (CH) • N55 (DK) • Aernoudt Jacobs (BE) • Michael Johansson (SE) • Wim Janssen (BE) • Irena Kelečević (RS) • Korinna Lindinger (AT) • Goran Micevski (RS) • Ivan Petrović (RS) • Mark Shepard (USA) • Boba Mirjana Stojadinović (RS) • Anna Szwajgier and Zorka Wollny (PL) • Gosie Vervloessem (BE)
Curator: Dušica Dražić
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The exhibition “Point Blank” examines how an artistic practice can be shaped and influenced by an environment, but at the same time observes how the environment responds to newly produced circumstances.

Sunrise, 2009
David Claerbout
Courtesy of the artist and galleries Micheline Szwajcer, Yvon Lambert, Hauser & Wirth

In the absence of information (or interest) we perceive the Belgrade Cooperative building as “a building in passing”. It has become a metaphor of our relationship not only towards the material/formal values, but also towards the legacy and investments made by society or individuals.

Tetris, 2012

Tetris, 2012
Michael Johansson
Photo: Ana Adamovic

The exhibition “Point Blank” is the result of a direct provocation of the building itself. The name of the exhibition refers to two possible interpretations of this space – on one hand it is a building whose purpose, and therefore its meaning has changed during each historical revolution. By the accumulation of different historical layers, its original meaning has disappeared and its practical value has become unclear. Its vague history has now turned it into a combination of a Judicial Academy on the ground floor and a totally dysfunctional, neglected and endangered remaining space of the building, in the invisible presence of the Institute for the Protection of Monuments.

Miniatuur

Miniatuur, 2011
Aernoudt Jacobs
Photo: Ana Adamovic

19 artists from Serbia and abroad are invited to implement their works in the Belgrade Cooperative building. By the artistic interventions in space, the visibility of the building changes. The environment of the building itself, and its form and purpose are questioned. The art works are not focused on the production of material value, but come into a direct dialog with the Belgrade Cooperative building itself and make the invisible policies and invisible spaces become available.

Guide through Galleries and Museums, 2012

Guide through Galleries and Museums, 2012
Ivan Petrovic
Photo: Ana Adamovic

Concert for High Heels, 2004/2012

Concert for High Heels, 2004/2012
Anna Szwajgier, Zorka Wollny
Courtesy of the artists

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The exhibition Point Blank was realized within Mikser Festival in Belgrade.
It was supported by Austrian Cultural Forum in Belgrade, Embassy of Sweden and the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade.