Enej Gala: Mules

Enej Gala: Mules
11. 9.—2. 10. 2020

We kindly invite you to the opening of the solo exhibition Mules by Enej Gala, which will take place on Friday, September 11, 2020, at 7 p. m. in the KiBela art space (MMC KIBLA, Ulica kneza Koclja 9, Maribor).



The exhibition focuses on a series of Repaired Objects, which, through dialogue with space, scrutinize everyday objects' ideological functionality. We observe these objects through the paradigm of mules, which are the product of two species related just enough for their offspring surpass their parents primarily in physical endurance but fail at the moment of reproduction, precisely these original functions which have placed it in the world. As a metaphor for its time's unique product, specialized effectiveness proves to be more important than the long-term existence of a new species. But the exhibition is not a biological analysis of the shortcomings of any subject but only a metaphorical material that simultaneously interrogates and recreates some myths about modern society.

Tameness, as the character of the subject fails first, its substitute distorts the conditions of the standard's assessors. New categories may be needed, or even the abandonment of some thought patterns that accompany a particular objectivity's descriptiveness. Repairment is conceived as a part of the evolution that does not restore the starting points but opens up new possibilities for unimaginable resultants. The fact that biology prefers numbers to senses sounds just as washed out as another tasteless meal after a long sulk. Is any action only the fruit of paranoia as an absolute, always in question? Throughout history, we have entered the dystopian future without flying cars, mostly on mules, at least those who have not yet replaced the chronic goal based obsession with the one-way retreat from society. Changing usability definitions for a solidified survivor status clearly pays off, and the force gained in the exchange remains surprisingly effective. Who hasn't breathed a sigh of relief when Mule's superiority in Asimov's trilogy hasn't narrowly paved the way for the future? The double-edged perspective of the objects surrounding us already touches the outstretched necks of those who still watch out for the light at the tunnels' end. The Seliškar's mules were smarter than most of the other heroes, but their service seldom ended in reason.

Enej Gala (1990) studied painting at the Venetian Academy of Fine Arts, where he also completed his master's degree in 2015. In 2014, he was on a study exchange at the WDKA (Willem de Kooning Academy) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Now, however, he is continuing his studies at the Royal Academy Schools Postgraduate Program in London. Solo exhibitions: Prav Zvita Zver, curator Andrej Medved, City Gallery Nova Gorica 2020, On the shoulders of dwarfs, Kresija Gallery, Ljubljana 2020, MONO project organized by Localedue in Bologna 2019, Do I use or observe? XVII. edition of the Maravee Festival in the Koper Lodge 2019, Prefabrick at the Fabbrica del Vapore Gallery in Milan (2016), and The Stable at the A + A Gallery in Venice (2015). Among the last group exhibitions, Aureola Nelle Cose is worth mentioning: Sentire l'habitat, curator Guido Molinari, Fondazione Michetti, Materia che avanza, curator Denis Riva in Lanificio Paoletti, Follina, (IT) The natural, the (un) cleansed and the foreign, curators Kaja Kraner and Lucija Smodiš, Station Gallery, Beirut (LB), Appocundria, curator Marta Cereda, Casa Testori, Milan (IT) 2 Generations: Painting and Poetry, curator Andrej Medved, City Gallery Nova Gorica, (SL), Braintooling in Pieve Di Cadore with Dolomiti Contemporanee, Artissima Art Fair in Turin, Pogled 8 in the Božidar Jakac Gallery (2016) and the 31st International Graphic Biennial Over You, MGLC in Ljubljana (2015). He is a member of the Fondazione Malutta Society, with which he most recently exhibited at the Giudecca Art District of Venice, the Monitor Gallery in Rome and the Santa Maria della Scala Museum in Siena.

Admission is free. The opening will take place following the recommendations of the NIJZ/NIPH.

The exhibition will be on view until October 2, 2020.

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Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Photo: Janez Klenovšek

Photo: Janez Klenovšek



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