The aim of the Slavness exhibition is to mark the field of the meaning of woman’s freedom and the categories of pace, sound, movement, light, voice, gesture and hearing. The title is based on the play of words between the naming of doing something unhurriedly and the situation of subordination. “Being docile to someone” means submissiveness, submission, loss of control, immobilization. Being subordinate releases the desire to be released from bondage, the need for self-determination. The necessary revolution is not always visible, but it will sprout subcutaneously, underground, under the ice, under the crust of visible surfaces. Doing something slowly, in concentration, is also a matter of daily effort, which enables long-lasting, persistent and joint action.
Reaching sensory messages, we will examine forms of subordination, methods of consent and tactics of resignation and experiencing freedom in place of an abstract and difficult to define and fluid in their experience individual and collective value. Therefore, we focus on the possibilities of passing this experience as a form free from categoricality. The dismissal is not only the opposite pole of the modern pace of life, the imposed speed of movement, data transfer, mobilization and the creation of improvised communities. Human condition and presence expressed by challenging the senses of sight, hearing and feeling the whole body. To experience freedom, you must also experience its limits. Movement, gesture, voice, light and gesture build the tension between individual freedom and sometimes the opposite intentions of the wider community. Women outlining this field work by giving voice, expressing with gesture, movement, action, smell, voice and breath release. Subordination and liberation from it must arise at the level of the body, movement and voice, touch and gesture that freedom is not only the intention, but also its incarnation.
Slavness is the main exhibition of the 13th International Festival of Visual Arts inSPIRACJE 2018. The title was proposed by the festival’s main curator, Aneta Szyłak.
co-organizers: TRAFO, KED ART