Viafarini is pleased to announce the solo show by Bosnian artist Maja Bajevic, entitled Avanti popolo. The exhibition is curated by Gabi Scardi.
At the same time Maja Bajevic will be present in Milan with a project curated by Edi Muka at Artopia Gallery, where she will show a sort of personal counter-altar and anti-heroic, familiar view of the situation investigated in the installation at Viafarini.
Maja Bajevic was born in Sarajevo in 1967. During the years in which her city of origin suffered the brutal consequences of war, her study period in Paris turned into a sort of involuntary exile.
From this moment she focused on issues related to collective and individual identity, with the aim to unmask the mechanisms of belonging and exclusion, of control and of constraint: those authoritarian attitudes at the basis of the kind of everyday life characterised by conflicts and tensions, sometimes explicit and manifest, in other cases times latent or hidden.
Her work implies an attentive approach to the environment in which she is invited to operate, combined with ethic and political awareness, direct emotional and physical involvement, as well as an individual point of view, openly female, related to her personal story.
Through practices of contact, exchange, and communication, Maja Bajevic intends to stimulate a new conscience regarding the context, considered to be the place of intersection between individual and collective sensibility.
The exhibition title Avanti popolo refers immediately to those songs--part of any culture or nation--that call for action and at the same time bring people together. Combined with an assertive, oratorical and hammering music, these songs incite to challenge and revenge, to bravery and direct collision, expressing the determination, the tension and the intensity preceding explosions of action.
Once the lyric qualities and personal inwardness are in the background, the song’s capturing power—which in this case fosters the conflict—prevails and becomes instrumental for those who aim at managing political or social processes related to cultural and national identities.
The exhibition consists of a sound installation, a performance by the artist and a series of visual elements, including the flags of different nationalities with their undeniable symbolic character.
This project is part of a series of exhibitions organised by Viafarini, non profit space for the promotion of emerging artists with the support of Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia, aiming at presenting every year one artist, who is not yet particularly known in Italy notwithstanding international success.
Maja Bajevic will be present at the opening. On May 14 she will be holding a lecture about her work at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Via Paolo Bassi 13, focusing on her different research fields, such as public art, relational art and issues related to her own biography.