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© Courtesy of the artist & Natasha Akhmerova’s Barbarian Art Gallery

Promenadengasse 19
8001 Zurich
April 18th, 2013 - June 1st, 2013
Opening: April 18th, 2013 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

+41 44 280 45 45
Wed-Thu 12-5 or by appointment


Broken in thousand pieces

I feel broken. My thoughts are so fast that I can barely grab them, 'cause they are little pieces of ideas, memories, projects, phrases written or heard somewhere. 
Sometimes I cannot sleep because of them. Trying to put them together like puzzle tiles.

We cannot afford to live at this speed any longer. So fast but not getting anywhere. So fragmented not to be able to see the whole picture.

We cannot afford to lose the sense of integrity.

I want to slow down and to put them together again.

The series of artworks I present in this exhibition is part of a path based on the idea of fragmentation. We all live fragmented, broken in pieces also because of the present new age of technocracy, where knowledge is spread over the internet and not anymore in our brains, in our books and in our heritage.

We all know a part of it, but not all.

That’s why I decided to split all the artworks, because that's how I perceive what's around me. A world in pieces, which all seems to be crumbling.

And I also perceived the difficulty, as part of a whole, to participate directly, hands in hands, in any kind of human activities. 
Therefore I ask people, in some cases, to put some of my artworks together, action which involves complicity and commitment.

I want to play with them the game of commitment. Which means taking time and collaborating. 
Is this social?

The complicity itself implies participation in the art process, which sometimes could simply be the fact of standing in front of an artwork, looking at it.

But in this case I trust the collector with the idea of deciding whether to keep or share my artwork, to sell one part, becoming merchant and art producer.
And with sharing I mean "splitting" the artwork in many pieces, or reproducing it by themselves.

And, as last step, trying the hard task of involving them in the role play of  "do it yourself".

That's social!

Marc Vincent Kalinka