Song of Olimpia is a performative open ended introduction to Luana Wojaczek Perilli’s project LEOPOLD-O, with sound design by Alberto Picciau. LEOPOLD-O is a project that deals with community identities while undergoing crisis - starting from communal life of eusocial insects to difficult heritage appropriation. The full project will be informed by video, performances and a refugees puppet theatre.
Song of Olimpia is inspired by Aldo Leopold's writings against the 'Boostering spirt' of the 1920's - his criticism of capitalism, written before capitalism came to be defined as such - and by the anti-bourgeoise tale "der Sandmann" by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The event will take the form of a performance-lecture blending with fictional storytelling, sound, dance, video, and puppet play. The audience will be invited to engage with the puppets and with the artist after the piece.
HERO MOTHER is the sister exhibition to MOMENTUM's 2015 show BALAGAN!!!. HERO MOTHER: Contemporary Art by Post-Communist Women Rethinking Heroisman international exhibition of 30 women artists from 20 countries, focusing on the role of gender, citizenship, nationalism, migration and personal freedom, as well as the relation between the artists and institutions such as state structures. This exhibition looks at the ramifications of traditionalist political forces as they are unleashed upon women, the queer community and other minorities at a time of increasingly resurgent conservative values. The artists invited to take part in our exhibition HERO MOTHER are contemporary women from places with communist legacies – mostly, but not limited to, Eastern Europe – whose work addresses and defies, through a variety of media, the frighteningly regressive political agendas in many Eastern European countries today, and out this in the context of broader developments worldwide.