15 January 2016

Lubri at A Matter of Taste: Art, Kitsch, and Culture

In the first months of 2016, Sariev Contemporary's artist Lubri will participate in "Turbo", an exhibition within the exhibition "A Matter of Taste: Art, Kitsch, and Culture" (group show curated by Aaron Moulton) at Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah, USA.

23 January - 7 May 2016

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah, USA 


Aleksandra Domanovic and Lubri

Included in an internal exhibition of chalga artifacts curated by Stefka Tsaneva


Turbofolk culture is one of the most prolific vernaculars of visual, music and overall popular culture in Europe. It is predominantly active in former Yugoslavia with versions in countries like Turkey, Albania, Romania and Bulgaria. The term comes from the basic combination of the word “turbo” meaning the enhancement of performance and “folk”, a known way to describe the most basic elements in popular culture. It appropriates some elements associated with gypsy culture such as gold veneer and a brash use of otherwise classical styles.

In ex-Yugoslavia turbofolk seems to arrive as a cultural coping mechanism born out of the break-up of the country. With its overwhelming nationalistic rhetoric it combines folksongs set to a hard techno beat. The effects of turbofolk can be seen in music, fashion, architecture and art as a basic but exaggerated enhancement through the use of sexuality, pulsing rhythms, excessive gold-plating, physical augmentations for beauty, and a general taste for cost-effective luxury. It creates an excellent balance between attraction and repulsive appealing to popular and oftentimes crass sensibilities.


For more info visit www.aaronmoulton.com/project/turbo