It’s Okay to Cry
UGM, Strossmayerjeva 6
27 October 2023—3 January 2024
opening: Friday, 27 October 2023, 19:00
curated by: ORGAN VIDA International Photography Festival (Barbara Gregov, Lovro Japundžić, Lea Vene)
International group exhibition It’s Okay To Cry focuses on exploring the various manifestations of feeling in contemporary society. The time we live in is marked by increasing uncertainty and insecurity, and consequently by collective oscillations between affective extremes—despair and ecstasy, deep anxiety and frivolous euphoria, the need for control and meaning, or indulgence in chaos and acceptance of senselessness. Based on the social dimension of feeling, the exhibition presents artworks that channel the prevalent negative feelings such as apathy or anxiety, as well as artworks that present affective alternatives to it, explore and/or imagine different affective dimensions of dis/u/topias, imagination and fantasy.
The exhibition expands on the conceptual frameworks of the 12th edition of the Organ Vida festival entitled No Tears Left to Cry which took place in summer of 2022 in Zagreb, Croatia and marks a second iteration of a successful collaboration between UGM and Organ Vida.
Photo: Matej Jurčević, I get so lonely, life in magazines, 2022 (detail)