Katarina Zdjelar, Act I, Act II I
Video HD / two channel projection
25'04'' / 5'23''
Courtesy the artist and Circus, Berlin
Photo: Miyako Narita
JOBBERS TO THE STARS
16 November – 11 December 2011. Wednesday – Sunday from 11am – 4pm.
Ruth Beale, Dora Garcia, Michelle Hannah, Katarina Zdjelar. Curated by Claire Shallcross.
Miss B's Salon: A discussion on The Monumental and Performativity, Saturday 10th December from 2-4pm.
In professional World Wrestling Entertainment, formally known as WWF, a rule of play is put in place to ensure current wrestling stars stay at the top. A ‘Jobber’ is a wrestler, often an amateur who has been chosen to always lose against their opponent. ‘Jobbers to the Stars’ however are paid to beat the Jobbers but must lose to the stars. So behind a formulaic hierarchy lies a competitive staged performance.
The exhibition Jobbers to the Stars seeks to challenge the conventions of hierarchy and power systems. The act of performance is used as an apparatus to explore power relations, in turn reinventing truths or questioning rules. While skepticism brings truth and morality into doubt, the identities of the artists, ideologies of the state, or the featured protagonists become subjects for interrogation by the audience.
Katarina Zdjelar (b. Belgrade) based in Rotterdam. Represented Serbia at the 53rd Venice Biennial in 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include: City Museum, Tobacna 001; Celeia Centre for Contemporary Art, Celje, Slovenia (2011); Fri-Art Fribourg, Fribourg (2010).
The video installation Act I Act II is a two-part back to back projection. Featuring three protagonists, an asylum seeker, interpreter and interrogator, focusing on the complications of communication and in turn political distance between the situations of the protagonists.
Ruth Beale based in London. Recent projects include: Public Knowledge (Cubitt, 2011); Art for Virtue's Sake (ICA, 2010), a lecture about the relationship between education and culture as a social project; and Sing Me a Song with Social Significance (Goldsmiths, 2010), a choir enact a number from a 1930s musical revue.
The Aesthetics of Power is a play following a discussion between three Italian fascist buildings, the lighthearted play discusses power systems relating to capitalism and the impact of tourism.
Dora García (b. Valladolid) based in Barcelona. Represening Spain at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include: Dora Garcia, Aubette 1928, Strasbourg, France (2011); Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; Parvis de Pau, France; Index Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (2010).
The installation Yes or No (The Sphinx) is a game which does not tolerate the indifferent spectator; the end of which is only available to those who are almost identical to the artist or those who lie.
Michelle Hannah (b. Alexandria, Scotland) based in Glasgow. Recent projects include: Mackintosh Gallery GSA, Glasgow; NGCA, Sunderland; Generator Gallery, The Briggait Glasgow; The Dresden Film Festival, The London Art Fair (2011); The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh; CCA, Glasgow; The Elevator Gallery, London (2010).
Claire Shallcross lives and works in Glasgow. She is currently a committee member of Transmission Gallery, Glasgow. Previous projects include; Making Ships in Bottles (2010) CGP London; Co-founder of Petanque a monthly discussion/meeting group (ongoing); Director, Volume, London (2009-2010)
Miss B's Salon: A discussion on The Monumental and Performativity, Saturday 10th December from 2-4pm. With Festive drinks and Mince pies.