Comforting the machine
GIBCA Extended Regional Exhibition 2021 is the result of an open call to artists based in the region of West Sweden and is curated by Tawanda Appiah and Simona Dumitriu.
´´The exhibition, as reflected in its title, makes a comment on the machine that is present day. Like in Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, the decline of the body through interaction with the machine is inevitable. The artists show markings, sutures, reactions, and manifestations of these interactions. Surrounding them, Gothenburg presents itself as a contraption made of roads, bypasses, infinite passages, noisy cranes, segregation, forming the maze of contemporary society. Its roads and blockages go nowhere – there is, in a sense, nowhere to arrive. Its paths, like arms, cross through incessant scaffolding into the barren unknown of colonial history. What then? Does it demand comfort, or do you feel comforted by it as it stands and looks at you, washing away the secrets of its trading history, anachronistic yet completely powerful and veiled in indifference? To note, whilst walking through the exhibition remember that the machine should not be befriended as it might bite. ´´
– Tawanda Appiah and Simona Dumitriu.
Kasra Seyed Alikhani
Mercè Torres Ràfols
September 3–October 17 2021
414 51 Gothenburg