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Jasmina Cibic
Everything That You Desire and Nothing That You Fear

Lecture Performance by the Artist: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at 6:30 PM, at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Paul Desmarais Theatre, 1920 Baile Street
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Exhibition Dates: October 25, 2018 – March 3, 2019

Last summer, Montreal celebrated the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, a monumental event that put the city at the centre of the international stage. Jasmina Cibic’s latest project—created expressly for the Foundation’s exhibition spaces and the Montreal milieu—is an immersive installation that explores the production of national culture and its instrumentalization for political aims in the context of 20th Century World Expositions. The exhibition’s title, Everything That You Desire and Nothing That You Fear, is drawn from political discussions and agreements in the planning stages of Expo 67 about what each country should show to the international audience.

Expo 67 was also the last international exhibition at which the former Yugoslavia had a pavilion prior to its dissolution in the 1990s—its final act of staging where the country presented, each time under a different name, at four political blockbuster World Expositions: 1929 Barcelona, 1937 Paris, 1958 Brussels, and 1967 Montreal.

Yugoslavia’s renaming—and finally its disappearance—becomes a lens through which Cibic studies the aesthetic permutations within art and architecture as “soft power” and statecraft strategies used to achieve the ultimate display of dominance for international audiences. How are a state’s interests and rhetoric deployed through art and architecture to shape public perception of a place? How do governments instrumentalize culture for the formation of national identity and representation? Cibic’s artistic methodology involves archival research and collaboration with a variety of specialists, through which she creates sumptuous Gesamtkunstwerks (total works of art) that combine the potencies of installation, sculpture, photography, performance and film. The overall effect simultaneously captivates the visitor and reveals constructs that are fashioned and implemented by governments for hegemonic control.

Cibic will make conceptual use of the Foundation’s two very different buildings to draw comparisons and underscore tensions between the spaces of state-sanctioned public structures (which are often inaccessible) and the private space of the home where the ghost-like machine of state politics permeates.

Within her works, Cibic brings together a range of strategies including scripting, enacting and re-enacting to draw connections between ‘statecraft’ and stagecraft. Through a critical, feminist unpacking of the complex entanglements of art, gender and state power, the artist encourages viewers to consider the strategies employed in the construction of national culture. Cibic’s proposal is especially pertinent in our current situation of increasing nationalist fervour around the world, and poignantly resonant in the Canadian context where a sense of national identity is in constant flux.

Everything That You Desire and Nothing That You Fear is supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.


About Jasmina Cibic
Jasmina Cibic was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1979. She studied at the Accademia di Bella Arti in Venice and completed an MFA at Goldsmiths in 2006. In 2013 Cibic represented Slovenia at the Venice Biennial with her project For Our Economy and Culture. Her recent exhibitions include solo shows at BALTIC Gateshead, Museum Haus Esters Krefeld, Aarhus 2017, Esker Foundation Calgary, MSU Zagreb, MOCA Belgrade, MSUV Novi Sad, MGLC Ljubljana, and Ludwig Museum Budapest. She has also taken part in group exhibitions at MoMA, CCS BARD, MUMA, Guangdong Museum of Art China, Ambika P3 London, Pera Museum Istanbul, La Panacée Montpellier, City Gallery Wellington, MSUM Ljubljana, and MNHA Luxembourg. Cibic’s films have been screened at SALT Istanbul, Pula Film Festival, HKW Berlin, CCA Laznia, Les Rencontres Internationales Paris, Dokfest Kassel, and Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. In 2016 Cibic was the winner of the MAC International Ulster Bank and Charlottenborg Fonden awards, and in 2018 she was shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award.

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art
Established in 2007, DHC/ART is a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. Housed in two heritage buildings located in the heart of Old Montreal, DHC/ART’s programming has met with critical acclaim both at home and around the world. Each year, we offer two to three major exhibitions, a series of public events, special collaborative projects and a forward-thinking education program. International in scope while responsive to the context of Montreal, all of DHC/ART’s programming is offered free of charge as a way to reinforce its commitment to accessibility, while fostering a discussion on how contemporary art is invested with the topics and ideas that reflect and touch our everyday lives.


DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art
451 & 465 Saint-Jean Street (at Notre-Dame Street, Old Montreal)
Montréal, Quebec, H2Y 2R5

Opening hours:
Wednesday to Friday from noon to 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Free Admission

Accessibility: Partially Accessible


Media inquiries:
Myriam Achard
(514) 844-7474 #5104

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Image: Jasmina Cibic, Nada: Act II (production still), 2017. HD video. Photo: Peter Moss, courtesy of the artist.





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