22 November to 2 December 2023

22 November – 2 December 2023

Artists: Frederik Marroquín, Joseph Mong Sum Leung, Elham Hadian, anto_nie, Leo Lisa Begeré, Nellya Dzhamanbaeva, Roswitha Weingrill Curators: Deniz Güvensoy, Justina Špeirokaitė

Our memories are layered. They are like gently poured soil, heavy stones, and seeds sprouting and growing up to the present, occasionally hurt by pebbles. Time is not a horizontal line; we must dig deep to find our way back to that safe space and our beginnings. Can it still provide us with comfort? Each layer becomes autonomous, not keeping us rooted. Our roots lie within us, existing between our mind and body.

Our mind and body are the whole entangled in physical and mental experiences. The mental can become tangible through the making. Intangible sonic stories accompany other sensory experiences. Muted stories speak through the object’s materiality. Telling them quietly makes them loud. The precarity of presence layered in the memories.

The stories of memories are told to others; they can be shared experiences or ones that create divisions. As we continue to share evermore, our concerns and judgments seem almost weightless to expel but carry significant weight when received. Power is rarely balanced equally.

Exercising power equates to demonstrating reliability: Can I trust only myself? Can I find my foundation within you? I might rely on you if you fulfill my requests, yet I will oppress you by exposing my resilience against dependency.

Where to access the grounding when rooting is so painful, and anxiety is so quietly loud?

This exhibition is part of the ‘QMA Artist Collective’ program, which is supported by MA7 and BMKÖS.