17.11 — 30.12.2018 Extra Muros
dust to dust : of myths and men
artist(s): Marco Godinho, Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron
TheCube Projet Space and VT Artsalon, Taipei, Taiwan
In collaboration with Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain
17.11 - 30.12.2018
Opening : 17 Nov., 2018
The international exchange exhibition dust to dust: of myths and men will be presented by Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, TheCube Project Space, and VT Artsalon. The exhibition is curated by Kevin Muhlen, director of the Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, featuring the collaborative work by Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron, and the work from Marco Godinho. The artists are invited back to continue their art projects that they've initiated during their short residency in Taiwan in April 2018, and to present their final work at VT Artsalon and TheCube Project Space from Nov. 17 to Dec. 30. The opening of the exhibition will start on Nov 17 (Sat.) at VT Artsalon (2－5 pm) and will later move to TheCube Project Space (4－6 pm). The exhibition is also launched with a music performance by Kevin Muhlen towards the end (8 pm).
In addition, for the second phase of this international exchange, TheCube Project Space and VT Artsalon will curate screening programs which shall be presented at Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain during the summer and autumn of 2019.
Forever Immigrant (Tattoo), 2018
17.11.2018 from 2 to 5 pm @VT Artsalon
For the exhibition dust to dust: of myths and men, a local tattoo artist will tattoo the work Forever Immigrant of the artist Marco Godinho on the body of the visitors on the day of the opening (November 17, 2018) for free.
Away from that line, in toward the earth by Kevin Muhlen
17.11.2018 at 8pm @Beryl Music Studio
Curatorial statement by Kevin Muhlen
Dust as a beginning and an end. Dust as primal matter and last remains. Dust as the past, the present and the future. Dust as a dead layer of the passing of time.
Dust as lively particles suspended in the air. Dust as nothing, Dust as everything.
In this exhibition three artists, the duo Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron, as well as Marco Godinho, explore our contemporary world and society through physical and mental recordings of the realms they encounter. Here the socio-political cohabitates with ancient mythology and philosophy, the factual reality meets the abstract and immaterial conceptions that have been populating human minds for centuries. Of course the stories created by this process become new myths, fictions of our reality and poems to the everyday.
Shifts of notions, but also loss and gain of meaning and comprehension through cultural or contextual displacements, disappearances - even destruction - are at the core of the exhibitions statement. Hence the artists are deliberately blurring the lines by progressively erasing parts of their narrative and fragmenting the structure to leave the viewers questioning the whole and filling in the gaps mentally.
The exhibition itself spreads over two exhibition spaces - TheCube Project Space and VT Artsalon - making it impossible for the public to grasp it's entirety without engaging in a physical movement through the city of Taipei. This migration of the public is an echo to the shifts provoked and questioned by the artists through the works in the exhibition itself.
It is in these trails of dust - gathered or spread - that the artists develop their concepts and write their stories of myths and men.
Karolina Markiewicz & Pascal Piron
Work as a multidisciplinary artist duo, they co-direct films (experimental documentary and fiction) and theater plays. Their main interest is to tell and illustrate stories in the reflection of the human condition in society and history.
Mos Stellarium, their first documentary that focuses on the lives of six young migrants, has been released as a film in cinemas and at international festivals and presented as a 4-channel video installation, co-representing Liechtenstein at the 2015 56th Venice Biennale.
Currently they are working on their short film series Side Effects of Reality, which oscillates between experimental documentation and fiction. They also make paintings from different film stills and work on different techniques of experimental photography to create a coherent illustration of different stories. The questioning and analysis of what an image is, is a central point of their artistic research.
They are also in pre-production of a location based virtual reality (VR) experience, My Identity is this expanse. This project is the prologue of a ten episodes VR series Human Resources, planned for 2021. They also develop a documentary. The Living Witnesses is about the Second World War and the populist and right-wing movements growing today all over Europe. The next exhibition is in March 2019 during the Month of Photography in Luxembourg.
Further information: www.markiewicz-piron.com
Born 1978 in Salvaterra de Magos, Portugal. Lives and works between Echternach, Luxembourg and Paris, France. He has been for a number of years now, sensitively tackling with a post-conceptual practice, the notions of exile, memory, and geography inspired by his own experience of nomadic life, suspended between different languages and cultures and nourished by literature and poetry. From installations and videos to drawings and collaborative pieces, his works form a map of a world shaped by personal experiences and multiculturalism.
Marco Godinho has been selected to represent the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg at the Biennale Arte 2019 - 58th International art exhibition in Venice.
Co-organizer: Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, TheCube Project Space, VT Artsalon
Sponsors: National Culture and Arts Foundation, Department of Culture Affairs, Taipei City Government, Fonds Culturel National Luxembourg
* TheCube Project Space is sponsored by National Culture and Arts Foundation, Department of Culture Affairs, Taipei City Government, RC Culture and Arts Foundation and Dr. Chen Po-Wen.
© Karolina Markiewicz & Pascal Piron