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Home and Abroad

Dobai, Sarah (2022) Home and Abroad. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Dobai, Sarah

Major international group show adding landscape, memory, conflict and displacement in a historical and contemporary context.

The exhibition was accompanied by a programme of sequential film installations. The special programme of the Central European Forum Olomouc connects the existing permanent exhibition dedicated to the now passed "century of relativity" and the new, fresh, equally fast-paced century - the twenty-first century. It also connects the two prisms through which the institution has long profiled itself - the museum and the forum. In several closed editions, it offers insights into regionally specific themes that nonetheless have the ambition or potential to generalize its experience. In doing so, it makes particular use of the imaginative and creative possibilities of film and video art.

Central European Cinema is part of the Home and Abroad project, which perspective focuses on problematic or even painful moments in Central European history as well as the formation of personal and shared identity. Among others, it turns to issues of cultural alienation (Wilhelm Sasnal), exile (Mark Ther) and the oppression (Sarah Dobai). It also theorizes the very own search for home - a new work by Habima Fuchs, produced by the Olomouc Museum of Art, reflects the primordial myth of European civilization, the expulsion from paradise. Above all, however, it presents another insight into the imaginative and creative world of Mirosław Bałka, the main guest of this years SEFO season. It is he who is the eventual counterbalance to the entry edition, the most pressing one, which responds to the current situation - and is dedicated to contemporary Ukrainian artists. If human history is "a struggle for control of the centre of the world", as British historian Peter Frankopan writes, it is time to learn from the experience that Central Europe has - and make the centre into the whole.

The structure of the individual chapters of CE Cinema is variable, reacting to the situation, the presentation adapting to the chosen point of view. Nevertheless, in the end, there is a strong connection revealed - we are all bound by a common destiny, across space and time.

Other Contributors:
Other (Curator)Kundracikova, Barbora
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 2 June 2022
Funders: Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust, UAL
Related Websites: https://www.muo.cz/en/follow-us/cinema-central-europe-will-present-the-work-of-british-artist-sarah-dobai--4275/, https://muo.cz/test/en/home-and-abroad-central-europe-cinema--4219/
Related Websites:
Related Exhibitions: Glassyard Gallery, Budapest, The Donkey Field at Imperial War Museum
Related Publications: Art Monthly Issue 452 Dec 2021 Review by Martin Herbert, TANKTV Interview with Sarah Dobai by Nell Whittaker
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Museum of Modern Art, Denisova 824/47 771 11 Olomouc2 June 202223 October 2022
Material/Media: Single screen film for projection (2K) + publication
Measurements or Duration of item: Installation ran from 18/07 - 31/07/22 publication till 23/10/22
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2022 12:08
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 12:08
Item ID: 19242
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/19242

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