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Group show: Kinky Tribal Disco / Gallery: B.A.R. (over)

6 April 2013 until 25 May 2013
  Kinky Tribal Disco / Gallery: B.A.R.
 
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KINKY TRIBAL DISCO flirts with elements of the exotic in order to present a negotiation between the global and the local, the familiar with the new, and the instant with the universal. By integrating a contemporary aesthetic with traditional form the exhibition stresses on cultural eclecticism - a defining condition of this information age with worldwide social and economic networks. Hence, the challenge of the exhibit is acknowledging native impressions while not being subsumed by universal standards. Consequently, the opposite is also problematized: to avoid stressing fundamental ideals that are immersed in misguided social education, which prevents progressive thinking and new material developments. Both are critical considerations pondered in this exhibition as a way of reframing social representation and various expressions of autonomy amidst a world of exuberant change.

The selected works are at the forefront of contemporary art production consistent with global orientation. Despite of which, the works represent local subjectivity by exploring signs and tropes that are naturally available within the culture. Through the translation of local attitudes in light of global standards, a common language is thus arrived that can communicate essential attitudes encompassing the moment. This process creates an affinity between universal and singular subjects where one can find traditional patterns flowing within the syntax of the modern, in as much as the modern being permeated with endemic consciousness. This is the creative tension found within the works. Therefore the works presented do not begin with a quasi-belief on some originating identity, which would then make the works mere static illustrations of theory. But rather, the possibilities offered by this multi-networked reality function as the catalyst within the curatorial experiment of the exhibition, producing a new hybrid expression that doesn't actually belong to the past or the present but point towards the immediate future.

"Kinky Tribal Disco" is a multi-media exhibition that features painting, photography, and installation looking at native expression as a catalyst for innovation and reflection. Eschewing conceptual clichés, the works apply humour in the exploration of self-conscious identity, while stylistic primitivism is brandished as a reflexive foil against formal conventionality. "Kinky Tribal Disco" is an awareness of the essential through unorthodox means.

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