Invisible Violence
11 October 2014
Naunynstraße 53, 10999 Berlin, Germany
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Interview with Alexander Peroutka

Klas Eriksson, Nongkran Panmongkol and Alexander Peroutka work with the idea of social intervention. Their work is influenced by their stay or life in the geopolitical space of Sweden. Social and political ideas in Sweden have traditionally their own autonomous interpretation and implementation. Here it seems the society is more homogeneous and is organized around common understanding. The focus of the presented work lies on artistic investigation into social realities limited by geopolitical space. These interventions expect a social environment that has its limits, borders and its own unique expectations.

Klas Eriksson is investigating social power, hierarchy, social control and violence in cultural imaginary and the impact of pop-culture on function of contemporary society. His investigations leads to a certain performative character of his installations and videos.

Nongkran Panmongkol was born in Thailand and lives in Stockholm. She is working with the ideas of cultural conflict, cultural hegemony while she is analyzing the problems that are created by non-stop modernization of western global society in terms of human interaction limits, personal and collective social responsibilities.

Alexander Peroutka is an artist from Prague and Stockholm. His work is based on investigations into a logic of cultural and political structures that are authentic in every geo-political area (geo-body). He creates his own critical approach that takes three-dimentional form of his installations. His installations are based on documentaries, databases and social models.

Klas Eriksson, Nongkran Panmongkol and Alexander Peroutka

PAC – UA / Alexey Salmanov: Forest Means Cheaper
16 February – 17 March 2013
Chervonoarmiis'ka street, Kiew, Kyiv city, Ukraine
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Interview with Bjorn Geldhof.
Artist: Alexey Salmanov.

Curated by Eckhard Schneider & Bjorn Geldhof.

The exhibition ‘Forest Means Cheaper’ by Alexey Salmanov at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev presents works made in particular for this show. The performative project was realized in New York and its framework develops multi-layered approach attacking a legitimacy of various mythological and historical events. By this method, the artist attempts to show human greed and desire for a wealth acquisition.

The installation extends into two rooms: the first one is an archive of the project and video projection is staged in the second room. 
Alexey Salmanov’s exhibition is organized under the framework of a series PAC – UA which follows works of mainly young and local artists. Alexey Salmanov (b. 1976) is the winner of the Special Prize of PinchukArtCentre Prize 2009.

Alexey Salmanov says about his project at the PinchukArtCentre: “Initially I wanted to speak about the presence of China in the geopolitical arena. During its realization, the project transformed into a completely different story. Its prologue has to do with the history of Manhattan, which was acquired by Europeans from Indians for a handful of necklaces that cost around 24 dollars. So I arrived in New York with a commercial proposal to buy this huge island once again for 25 monetary units, this time not American, but Chinese, 25 Yuans. I produced a poster saying “Will Buy Manhattan for 25 Yuans” and walked with it during the day through the busiest Manhattan streets.”

Alexey Salmanov graduated from the International Solomon Institute. He lives in Kiev.

Invest in Contradiction
Bernard Controls China
Chaoyang, Peking, Volksrepublik China, 100023
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An Interview with Alessandro Rolandi, by Hana Janečková.
Artists: Alessandro Rolandi, Lulu Li, Megami Shimizu & Dodo Li
Curator: Alessandro Rolandi

Alessandro Rolandi is an artist and independent curator who has been based in Beijing for the past eight years. In addition he performs a role of a social sensibility manager for Bernard Controls Asia – Invest in Confidence. The French owned factory based in Beijing offers local workers clean and safe working environment, trade union, healthcare and lunches in local restaurant for every worker. On its premises Alessandro has been curating a programme of artist residencies for both local and Western artists. A participative collaboration ensuing aims to create new modes of intercultural exchange and challenge boundaries of hierarchy and tradition in both artistic practice, employees and the management of the factory.

– Hana Janeckova