It Happened Here - Aleks Slota Opening Reception

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Friday, 12 May 2017 to Friday, 2 June 2017
Friday, 12 May 2017 - 7:00pm

It Happened Here
solo exhibition by Aleks Slota
Opening reception: 12.05.2017 19.00 - 22.00
12.05.2017 - 02.06.2017
Gallery Hours: Mon & Thurs 12-3 and by appointment
Exgirlfriend Gallery 

It Happened Here takes the fears and anxieties of a troubled world and localizes them at specific spots in the gallery. Aleks Slota embodies the contemporary existential dread and manifests it through solo performances done only for the space in which they happen.

The specific time of the action is gone, but the place remains. The ghost of the performance is only imagined through the written description. Through the disappearance the act becomes itself. I was here. I did it. It’s over. And yet, the document lives on into the future, and the performance lives through it.

Artist ( Description ): 

Aleks Slota describes his working process with the term ‘extreme lucidity,’ applying this philosophy to works of performance and sound art. Extreme lucidity is a way of working that distills the artistic idea to its core, creating projects that are clear in their intention and precise in their execution, relying on minimal actions and few materials to express their goal. Slota’s practice addresses the themes of public persona, systemic and interpersonal violence, and internalized and externalized power structures. These themes are confronted in his works about religious intolerance, internet anonymity, substance abuse, family history, loneliness, hedonism, linguistics, nationalism, state surveillance, sexuality, migration, the artist’s ego, among others.

The work often creates situations that test the audience performer barrier, seeking an intimate engagement with the public while at the same time playing with an uncomfortable and awkward atmosphere. This push and pull of emotions creates a tension where truth and lies exist comfortably, leaving the audience to decide their comfort level and desired depth of engagement.

Slota works and lives in Berlin.

Venue ( Address ): 

Exgirlfriend is a gallery space dedicated to showcasing both international and local emerging and established artists. We exhibit (7) solo or two person shows a year with satellite programming such as talks, one night openings, and other art related events. We accept proposals from May 1st - August 1st for the following year.

Elena Feijoo - co-founder and director

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Other shows from Exgirlfriend

Floating Islands - new works by Erin Mitchell & Olivia Lennon
03/31/2018 to 04/21/2018
It Happened Here - Aleks Slota Opening Reception
05/12/2017 to 06/02/2017


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