Hito Steyerl, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: BELANCIEGE

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  • 馃挋 Traf贸 Gallery
  • 馃枻 Hito Steyerl, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰
  • 馃挏 Borb谩la Szalai
  • 馃挍 D谩vid Bir贸

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Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view - detail, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view - detail, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view - detail, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view - detail, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view - detail, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view - detail, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view - detail, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view - detail, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view - detail, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view - detail, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view - detail, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view - detail, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED : BELANCIEGE, 2019 (3 channel HD video, environment). Exhibition view, Traf贸 Gallery, photo by D谩vid Bir贸
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl and Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: BELANCIEGE, 2019. still | Courtesy the artists, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin/Paris/Seoul 漏VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023 漏the artists
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl and Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: BELANCIEGE, 2019. still | Courtesy the artists, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin/Paris/Seoul 漏VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023 漏the artists
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl and Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: BELANCIEGE, 2019. still | Courtesy the artists, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin/Paris/Seoul 漏VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023 漏the artists
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl and Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: BELANCIEGE, 2019. still | Courtesy the artists, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin/Paris/Seoul 漏VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023 漏the artists
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl and Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: BELANCIEGE, 2019. still | Courtesy the artists, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin/Paris/Seoul 漏VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023 漏the artists
Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl and Milo拧 Trakilovi膰: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: BELANCIEGE, 2019. still | Courtesy the artists, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin/Paris/Seoul 漏VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023 漏the artists
鈥楢 tank on a pedestal. Fumes are rising from the engine. A Soviet battle tank鈥攃alled IS-3 for Joseph Stalin鈥攊s being repurposed by a group of pro-Russian separatists in Konstantinovka, Eastern Ukraine. It is driven off a WWII memorial pedestal and promptly goes to war. According to a local militia, it 鈥渁ttacked a checkpoint in Ulyanovka, Krasnoarmeysk district, resulting in three dead and three wounded on the Ukrainian side, and no losses on our side.鈥 One might think that the active historical role of a tank would be over once it became part of a historical display. But this pedestal seems to have acted as temporary storage from which the tank could be redeployed directly into battle. Apparently, the way into the museum鈥攐r even into history itself鈥攊s not a one-way street.鈥 鈥 writes Hito Steyerl in her 2016 essay published in the e-flux journal1, which explores, among other issues, the role of museums and art institutions in an era defined by planetary civil war, growing inequalities and digital technology. According to Steyerl, 鈥檌n the example of the kidnapped tank, history invades the hypercontemporary.鈥 The video installation MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: BELANCIEGE presented at Traf贸 Gallery reveals similar 鈥檌nvasions鈥 of history and emphasizes their cyclical nature by turning towards the processes of economic and political realignment that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall, and by featuring examples that target our hyper-contemporary world armed with trend analysis, data mining, political advertising and audience targeting. The video installation is co-created by Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl and Milo拧 Trakilovi膰 and is based on their lecture in 2019 at n.b.k. - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. Almost 30 years to the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the lecture reflects on post-1989 transformations and political rearrangements in the former Soviet territories, sheds light on the interconnections between culture and populism, and examines in a broader context the mechanisms of oligarchic-capitalist culture that emerged during the 'privatisation' of the former Eastern bloc. The luxury fashion brand Balenciaga acts as a starting point for the artists鈥 reflections on politics, culture and populism, and reveals connections between trends, social media and political processes, such as the success of alt-right movements, the manipulation of the US presidential elections that enabled Donald Trump's victory, or the rise of populist and neoliberal politics in the countries of the former Eastern bloc. Borb谩la Szalai The exhibition is a collaboration between Traf贸 Gallery and Goethe-Institut Budapest.锘 1 Hito Steyerl: A Tank on a Pedestal: Museums in an Age of Planetary Civil War. In: e-flux journal, issue #70. February 2016; https://www.e-flux.com/journal/70/60543/a-tank-on-a-pedestal-museums-in-an-age-of-planetary-civil-war/
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