Museum of Female Stories

Publication | Hristina Ivanoska is co-author of the project “Museum of Female Stories”, as well as author of cover and co-author of the visual and graphic design of the publication | Publisher: Lokomotiva – Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture, Skopje | May 31, 2017 | Download e-publication available only in Macedonian language:

The publication titled “Museum of Female Stories” is concluding a three-year (2014/2016) art-research project of the co-authors Iskra Geshoska, Hristina Ivanoska, Violeta Kachakova and Biljana Tanurovska-Kjulavkovski, that deals with the historical and contemporary role of the women in the larger socio-political context in Macedonia.

“Museum of Female Stories” came out of the necessity to explore, perceive and (re)affirm the role of the women in the socio-political, public and domestic context through reading of the cultural meanings, symbols, associations, hidden behind the historical facts and documents from the first half of 20-century in the cities of Bitola, Prilep and Krusevo of the Pelagonija Region.

Symptoms of Society

External activities |  Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski | exhibition Symptoms of Society, curated by Alenka Gregorič and organized by City Art Museum Ljubljana Guangdong Museum of Art in China, 26 May – 8 July 2017.

“Oskar Hansen’s Museum of Modern Art” the collaborative work of Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski is exhibited at the group exhibition Symptoms of Society, curated by Alenka Gregorič and organized by City Art Museum Ljubljana that was opened on the 26th of May at the Guangdong Museum of Art in China. The exhibition will be on display from 27 May to 8 July 2017. Its focus is on the presentation of art works from various generations, countries and media. During the preparation of the exhibition a larger set of topics developed which address numerous questions of the contemporary society – the city and its urban development, national art histories, “common” art systems and history, territories, etc. 

Presentations by Hristina Ivanoska at International School NOVA

External activities | Presentations by Hristina Ivanoska International Elementary and Middle School NOVA | Skopje, 23 May, 2017.

On 23rd of May 2017, Hristina Ivanoska held two presentations to students from first to fourth and fifth to eighth grade in the International Elementary and Middle School NOVA in Skopje at the invitation of professors Monica Desoska- Kargova and Ana Josifovska.

Ivanoska spoke about her twenty years of artistic practice presenting a selection of her individual and collaborative, with artist Yane Calovski, projects. The presentations were followed by a session of questions and answers that caused great interest among the students.

Coordinate System Project

External activities | press to exit project space | Jovanka Popova | Coordinate System Project | organized by Butterbrot Cultural Project, Partizaning | Berlin, 14 – 22 May, 2017.

Jovanka Popova, program coordinator of press to exit project space participated with the presentation of press to exit project space activities at  the LAB program as part of Coordinate System Project (from May 14-19). During the program artists, activists and urban researches join hands in order to network, gather inspiration and draw up projects.

How does art survive at a time when democracy is being eroded? What answers to the rapid acquisition of public spaces by private entrepreneurs and politics can art offer? Which practices need to be developed? How can artistic practices break existing coordinates? What are the subversive strategies that need to be implemented?

Three themed sessions with researchers, artists and curators from Central and East European countries will take place. They will include lectures, presentations, panel discussions and video screenings. The aim is to create an opportunity to present and assess the current state of affairs with regard to artistic interaction with urban public spaces.

This is Art and Art is Many Things

Public lecture with Sebastian Cichocki: “This is Art and Art is Many Things" | The 6th International Symposium Curating Exchange | Spaces, Functions, Fictions and Other Commons | organized by press to exit project space | 20 May 2017Museum of Contemporary Art - Skopje, 19:00 - 21:00 h

In the 1970s by Jerzy Ludwiński, a Polish art theoretician and critic, announced the arrival of postartistic times. He observed the transformation of art to be the result of its assumption of a completely new form; one which the critical language of his time was not able to do justice. Ludwiński claimed that post-art had an undeniably greater potential than the activities traditionally recognised as artistic. He wrote: “All previous notions relating to art are cancelled out, even that of authorship. What matters are the tensions created by the collective effort of many individuals that contributes to the making of one system, pulsating with its own life like some gigantic work of nature. Art = reality.” 
Such postartistic times signal an era in which a high “coefficient of art” (as the theorist Stephen Wright has described the phenomenon, referring to Marcel Duchamp’s lecture “The Creative Act”, 1957) present in many areas of life; when an artist’s work does not always materialize in the form of an art piece; while the art itself is carried out in a 1:1 scale, instead of generating models for situations and things. 
How does one measure the coefficient of art in a device which collects fog and supplies water to inhabitants of a desert in Chile? How much art is there in the collaboration of a Turkish beekeeper with a beehive during the production of psychoactive honey? But another question is really perplexing: is there more art within or outside the walls of the museum?