press to exit project space


March 27 – April 14, 2006

Eternal Recurrence 4
Liljana Gjuzelova, curated by Suzana Milevska

Excerpts from the text by Suzana Milevska:
Liljana Gjuzelova’s Eternal Recurrence 4 is a video-art piece documenting her performance which took place on the 17th October 2004 on Zajchev Rid. It is the fourth project in the Eternal Recurrence series, and, at the same time, a summary of the previous three: the first one presented in a private house in Magjir Maalo (1997), the second at the Museum of the City of Skopje (2001), and the third at the Open Graphic Art Studio (2003).
The process of investigating and discovering some of the circumstances still enveloping the tragic execution of Dimitar Gjuzelov, her father, with different interpretations - a process later instigated by the opening of political dossiers in the year 2000 - had lead to producing art projects on this topic and presenting them on exhibitions, which Gjuzelova began as early as 1995.  It is notable that the author is not engaging in a detailed report on the constant re-examination of the results of her continuous quest for the historical truth surrounding the horrid events. Instead, she is making an attempt to get close the persona of the parent lost and talk about the heartbreaking fate of her entire family.
The different versions of her father’s last day are what lead Gjuzelova to draw the slightly open circle on the supposed resting place of the body, and that is how the Eternal Recurrence 4 video art begins. The process of marking in red paint the unknown grave with a slightly open circle emphasizes, as it were, the impossibility of bringing this story to a closure, the impossibility of closing the dossier still abounding in unanswered questions, confusing data and absurdities.
Suzana Milevska (1961, Bitola) is a curator and visual cultures theorist based in Skopje, Macedonia. She received a PhD at the Goldsmiths College, London in 2005. She has curated over 50 art projects in Skopje, Istanbul, Stockholm, Berlin, Bonn, Stuttgart, and Leipzig, and she was a curator of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art 2005 at the National Gallery in Prague. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Contemporary Art Museum – Kumamoto (2004-2006), a member of AICA (from 1995) and of IKT (from 2005). Her theoretical texts about contemporary art have been published in many publications such as Primary Documents - A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art Since the 1950s, The MOMA, New York, 2002, and Cultural TerritoriesOn the Political Power of Cultural Territories, edited by the Gallery for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Walther Kőnig, Cologne, 2005.

Liljana Gjuzelova (1935, Cacak) is an artist who lives and works in Skopje. She graduated at Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. Here solo exhibitions include Eternal Recurrence 4 at the press to exit project space, Skopje, 2006; Writing Myself at theOpen Graphic Art Studio, Skopje, 2003; Eternal Recurrence 2 atthe Museum of the City of Skopje, 2001; Eternal Recurrence 1 in a private house in Magjir Maalo, Skopje, 1997; Across at the Daut Pasin Amam, Skopje, 1994; and From Volume to Surface at the hall of the National Theatre, Skopje, 1990. She also participated in several group exhibitions such as the exhibitions in Cifte Amam (1996, 1997).