Location: Club Kocka Gallery - Youth Center Split (Ulica slobode 28, 21000 Split)
Opening: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 08:00 p.m.
With his latest work, an ambiental installation titled Afterwardsness, the young Split-born artist Josip Šurlin makes his first appearance as part of the NMG@PRAKTIKA exhibition cycle. For this occasion he has produced a piece which in many ways alludes to ongoing pandemic-related issues. The name of the exhibit originates in Freudian psychoanalytic theory, appearing originally as the German compound Nachträglichkeit , here referring to a form of suspension of traumatic experiences and delayed retroactive reckoning with such experiences. More specifically, the theory posits that if a memory becomes a trauma and is left suppressed by the individual, its meaning will eventually be uncovered, via introspection, at a later stage in the individual’s psychological development. Though the preceding theoretical sketch attempts to interpret trauma as it pertains to one individual, in the project before us the artist takes the concept of “suspended trauma” and applies it to broader social realities as well. The current trauma caused by the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic began as soon as initial news reports of the outbreak came in and the first stage of lockdown was announced. The delayed reckoning with said trauma is taking place right now, a year after the outbreak, as society begins to retroactively analyze certain events both on an individual and collective level. This is effectively a reliving of previously shelved visions of the Unknown, of uncertainty and mortality, a retroactive immersion in that trauma, even as its resolution remains out of sight to this day.
The exhibit is open until Friday, April 16th.
Viewings can be arranged by contacting the following number: +385989602701.
More information is available HERE.