EUROPA AND THE BULL at Lambda Lambda Lambda

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Artists: Lupo Borgonovo, Chelsea Culprit, Francisco Cordero-Oceguera, Caspar Heinemann, Hannah Lees, Jimmy Merris, Daniele Milvio, Temra Pavlovic, Ahmet Ogut, Jala Wahid

Exhibition title: EUROPA AND THE BULL

Curated by: Attilia Fattori Franchini

Venue: Lambda Lambda Lambda, Pristhina, Kosovo

Date: July 2 – September 11, 2016

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Lambda Lambda Lambda

“He spoke, and immediately, as he commanded, the cattle, driven from the mountain, headed for the shore, where the great king’s daughter, E uropa , used to play together with the Tyrian virgins. Royalty and love do not sit well together, nor stay long in the same house. So the father and ruler of the gods, who is armed with the threeforkedlightning in his right hand, whose nod shakes the world, setting aside his royal sceptre, took on the shape of a bull, lowed among the other cattle, and, beautiful to look at, wandered in the tender grass.”

–Ovidio, Metamorphoses, Book II, Jupiter’s abduction of Europa

Europa and the Bull takes the Greek myth as a starting point to reflect on geography and its representation, romanticism, materials as symbols, the fetish we have towards objects and images as well as human fascination with zoology.

Thinking of Kosovo, the youngest country in a hazy Europe, as a specific context of intervention, the show revisits the controverted story of the Phoenician princess Europa, abducted and loved by Zeus disguised in the form of a white bull. Can the present be made legible through the work of art? How, where, and for whom does territory rematerialize as condition? And what form does it take in the era that follows formal—politicojuridical—decolonization; a period that has witnessed a proliferation of
nationstates swiftly followed by the deterritorialization (denationalization) of their currencies and markets?

In times of political uncertainty characterised by high mobility and displacement, geography and its linguistic origins become tools to understand further current political and social settings. The artists in this exhibition share an interest in symbolism, language, alchemy and transformation, juxtaposing personal and popular imagery to define identities in unstable contexts.

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Ahmet Ögüt, Perfect Lovers, 2008

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Ahmet Ögüt, Perfect Lovers, 2008

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Ahmet Ögüt, Perfect Lovers, 2008

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Daniele Milvio, Un giorno vorrò il mio bene più del tuo male, 2016

 

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Daniele Milvio, Abbandonerò la città e le taverne II, 2016

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Chelsea Culprit, Glass Slipper (Orange Julius Ribs), 2016

 

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Francisco Cordero-Oceguera, I’m Bread, 2016

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Hannah Lees, Ground of Being, 2016

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Hannah Lees, Being Itself, 2016

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Jala Wahid, Nothing gold can stay, 2016

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Lupo Borgonovo, Ornithology I, 2015

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Temra Pavlovic, Theological, 2016

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Temra Pavlovic, Jungle book lectern, 2016

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Temra Pavlovic, Jungle book lectern, 2016

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