Šejla Kamerić, Perfect Tense, 2024
Šejla Kamerić: Perfect Tense
Jun 19 – Oct 13, 2024
Cukrarna
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Perfect Tense, the most comprehensive exhibition of Šejla Kamerić’s work in Slovenia to date, explores the pervasive political effects of perpetual war by creating multiple mirror images reflecting its structural and temporal embeddedness in everyday life. A selection of outwardly political works from Kamerić’s versatile and prolific artistic career is presented in Cukrarna, with Galit Eilat as curatorial advisor. These works are placed in a reflective sequence: the ground and second floor mirror each other, as do word interventions and artworks. Spectators are invited to reflect on their own image while simultaneously participating in the artist’s introspective reflection on her positionality within and beyond the confines of a white cube. The exhibition is centred around two contrasting terms: words and war, which are intertwined through the extensive use of documentation as artistic material, simultaneously highlighting its necessity and absurdity in the context of war.

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Empowering individuals to embrace empathy and recognise the immediacy and structure of pain, this curatorial and artistic endeavour is replete with signs, symptoms, and evidence opposing a prevailing reality of silencing, suppression, and despondency. Eliciting a recognition of the underlying structural causes of war and the consequent impact on those caught amidst it, the exhibition is a gesture towards acknowledging the ongoing and harrowing terror in Gaza while at the same time admitting the confusion, pain, and inability to address it. Consequently, using visual and emotional cues, Perfect Tense reflects on the contemporary world with a passionate discussion of the themes of liberation, humanity and memory.

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