The eighth edition of the exhibition series 'GENIUS LOCI' is dedicated to nine young artists who playfully explore material, narrative and formal structures within their medium.
Vilém Flusser describes Homo Ludens ('the playing human') as the antagonist of Homo Faber ('the creator') and as the formative actor of our time, which can be seen in analogy to contemporary visual art. Regardless of chronological laws or traditional practices, the knowledge of former times and its techniques can be transferred onto the canvas or a sculpture in a free and playful dialogue. The artists shown in this exhibition often use complex narrative or technical procedures, disparate materials and historical references as material for artistic interplay, thus freeing familiar patterns and rules from their usual heaviness. This group exhibition would like to draw attention to the game within contemporary arts practices and to seek a moment of lightness, especially in our so complex world of today.
Since its foundation, SETAREH pays special attention to outstanding positions with 'GENIUS LOCI', which can be attributed to a specific zeitgeist or a distinctive location. The promotion of young art is a particular focus of its activities.
Press release courtesy SETAREH.