Visual arts

Živa Drvarič in the Group Exhibition Something is Burning

14. 09. - 31. 10. 2022

Bratislava, Slovakia

The group exhibition SOMETHING IS BURNING looks at aspects of identity construction in the context of economic and individual well-being. Tracing different realities and trajectories of representation over time, the exhibition aims to map different bodies – many of which have been subjected to processes of othering – and locates them in an intrinsically commodified space. Drawing on observations of contemporary culture, its production and related pressures, this exhibition illustrates perceptions of the current moment and collects them in a relational survey format. Reflecting on exhaustion and velocity in both personal and professional terms, this exhibition considers how queer subjects are to be situated within these reflections. The exhibition, which is to some extent also a contestation of the exhibition format at a time of growing economic crisis and generally precarious working conditions in the arts, could also be a testimony to the self-exploitation and growing corporate tendencies in the field. Simultaneously it is however also indicative of the ‘making it work’ attitude and criticism inherent in artistic work – in this case, particularly within practices informed by queer-feminist thought. It both honours resistance and questions obedience – aiming to interrogate however consciously or unconsciously we follow certain streams of thought and imagery. The tensions between various fields, ideologies and the critical examination of categories and things taken as given, perceived as fact, are being discussed.

Collaborating artists: Jürgen Baldiga, Mina Bonakdar, Selin Davasse, Živa Drvarič, Luki Essender, Samuel Linus Gromann, Gross Module, Nadia Markiewicz, Jack O’Brien, Johanna Odersky & François Pisapia, Michael Ray-Von, Anna Rimmel, Nelson Sullivan, Sophie Thun, Philipp Timischl.

Curator: Julius Pristauz
Photo: Julius Pristauz, Sketch for SOMETHING IS BURNING (after Felix Gonzalez-Torres “Untitled” (Perfect Lovers), 1991. as displayed on, 2022. and Photo: archive Kunsthalle Bratislava, ©Leontína Berkova.