Darko Aleksovski: Never Not in Love
Opening of the exhibition: Friday, May 12, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.
Love Letters Workshop: Monday, May 15, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In the creative hub Prostor (Plančićeva 2 21000 Split), organized by the Platform "Culture Hub Croatia", on Friday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m., the exhibition of the Macedonian artist Darko Aleksovski "Never Not in Love" opens. The exhibit is open until June 9, every weekday, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. As part of the exhibition, on Monday, May 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the artist will hold a Love Letters Workshop. The workshop is open to the public and free of charge, and it accepts applications until Sunday, May 14, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Never Not in Love is an interdisciplinary and participatory art project composed of two separate works: Love Letters to Loneliness and Waves.
Love Letters to Loneliness originate from intimate confessions in a letter form, without a possibility of them being chronologically located, and are offered to the audience to be read with the opportunity given to the reader to enter into a personal world with emotional issues and situations difficult to translate into words. The series is composed of seven works created on a typewriter. The letters are unaddressed and never sent, but directed to specific people. The original love letters have been composed, edited and typewritten in 2018. The current versions were edited and retyped in 2023 specifically for the exhibition at Prostor. The letters are in English and Croatian.
Waves is a site-specific installation, composed of large-format drawings on plasterboards arranged around the exhibition space at Prostor. They compose a continuous seascape through images inspired from Split. The drawings are supposed to place the audience – the letter readers – in a specifically constructed setting that evokes a different contextual interpretation of the love letters.
The project was produced and exhibited for the first time as a site-specific installation at PrivatePrint Studio (Skopje, North Macedonia) and at the XIII Biennial of Young Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art (Skopje, North Macedonia).
The exhibition is part of the "Spaces of Empowerment" program that Platform"Culture Hub Croatia" is implementing in 2023 as part of the creative hub Prostor. The exhibition is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia. Platform "Culture Hub Croatia" is supported by the National Foundation for the Development of Civil Society and the Kultura nova Foundation.
Darko Aleksovski (1989) is a visual artist whose practice is formed on the intersection between images and writings. He holds BFA and MFA Degrees from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje and is currently based in Veles, North Macedonia. He was an artist-in-residence at bm:ukk Artist-in-Residence Program (Vienna, Austria), Deutsche Börse Residency Program at Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt, Germany), Digital Residency Program at SCS Centar-Jadro (Skopje, N. Macedonia), the CreArt Artist-in-Residence Program at Atelierhaus Salzamt (Linz, Austria), and the VOIDS 2022 Open Studio Programme (Split/Dubrovnik, Croatia). Notable group international exhibitions include You Can’t Discourse Without Disco – WHW Akademija 2022 Closing Programme, Galerija Nova (Zagreb, Croatia),Traces and Memories, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick (Melbourne, 2021), What would happen if? The choice to build an alternative future, Museo Santa Joana (Aveiro, 2020), The Tokyo Art Book Fair 2017, Warehouse TERRADA (Tokyo, 2017), Streetlight, Revisited, Roman Susan Gallery (Chicago, 2019), and 55. Oktobarski Salon – Disappearing Things, The Museum of the City of Belgrade (Belgrade, 2014).