Jasmina Cibic at Cooper Gallery

Cooper Gallery is proud to present The Pleasure of Expense, a major solo exhibition of new works by award-winning Slovenian artist Jasmina Cibic, internationally lauded since representing Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial (2013). Visually evocative and critically engaged, the exhibition at Cooper Gallery choreographs film, sculpture, photography, textile, performance and archives into a provocative mediation on the aesthetics and gestures underscoring contemporary politics and international relations.

Exhibition: 18 October – 14 December, 2019
Preview: Thursday 17 October, 5:30—7:30pm

12-Hour Non-State Parade
International Symposium
Saturday 30 November, 11am–11pm

With 2019 marking one hundred years since the founding of the League of Nations and haunted by the uncertainties of Brexit and concurrent shifts in global power, The Pleasure of Expense is a timely dissection of statecraft and the strategy of the political gift. As a tactic of soft power, the gifting of artistic, architectural, political or philosophical works to ideological structures is essentially a tokenistic act. Entangling governments and citizens in a deliberate instrumentalising of culture for political benefit, the economy of gifting offers an enticing spectacle of benevolent solidarity.

 


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