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INVITATION TO PAWNSHOP
NEWBORN
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NEWBORN: IDEOLOGIES
REARTIKULACIJA
STATE OF EXCEPTION
BARONS
FROM THE SERIES SYSTEMS OF POWER: SYMBOLIC POWER AT WORK
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MIXED MEDIA
DO DEAD ARTISTS MAKE ART?

INVITATION TO PAWNSHOP
2011, mixed media

 

Staš Kleindienst: Šupak

The drawing Šupak can be seen as a comment on the crack between the old and the new. Šupak, Serbian word for execretory opening at the end of the alimentary canal, also used to describe a treacherous person, together with the resembling image (EU flag), suggests the demistification of a democratic symbol which stands between those who lead and those who follow.

The drawing, specifically created for the project Pawnshop Basel, also puts into question a singular statement as such when being placed inside a larger cultural/economic structure.

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Staš Kleindienst: Šupak, drawing, 2011

 


Sebastjan Leban: A Pound of Flesh

The work A Pound of Flesh exposes the extortionary logic of subprime loaning where a loan/pawn is offered at such an enormous interest rates that it makes virtually impossible for the borrower to return it. This strategy is applied on borrowers that normally pertain to the lower class and whose credit rating is null. The appropriation of the pound of flesh represents the ultimate necropolitical gesture, the traces of which can be found in European literature tradition (The Merchant of Venice) were the loaner/pawn broker, besides embracing the normal, as Marx would say, capitalist paradigm of being a vampire-like creature that sucks blood from the living, executes the act of sucking blood from the almost dead. Thus the logic of necropolitics conflates with biopower.

The pound of flesh does not just represent a gesture of criticality in relation to the usurious debt system of the subprime loans/pawns but it incorporates the very reality of all those forced to live at the margin of society whose only possibility to return the loan is to trade their own flesh/lives.

»Since I already know that I won't be able to return the loan, I am giving you my pound of flesh.«

 

 

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Sebastjan Leban: A Pound of Flesh, object, 2011

exhibited in:
ArtBasel (2011)

EVENTS AND SHOWS:

Jan 27, 6-8 pm
opening of the exhibition Structures of Valorization / Colonization,
Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Jan 2012
Residency in Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Nov 4, 2011 - Jan 5, 2012
Not So Distant Memory,
Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, USA

Nov 18 - Nov 23, 2011
Cyberfest,
National Center of Contemporary Art Saint-Petersburg branch, Russia

Sept 24 - Oct 30, 2011
Spaceship Yugoslavia,
NGBK, Berlin, Germany

Sept 18 - Dec 18, 2011
Pawnshop,
Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece