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The Sweetest Dream, [SPACE], London, 2006
The Sweetest Dream, [SPACE], London, 2006

The Sweetest Dream, [SPACE], London, 2006

The Sweetest Dream, SPACE, London, 2006

THE SWEETEST DREAM: UNITY AND DISSONANCE IN EUROPE
A series of video works in The Sweetest Dream captured the desire to sing from the same song sheet across national and cultural boundaries.

Featuring work by Allsopp & Weir, Raffaella Crispino and Dragan Djordjevic, Nemanja Cvijanovic, Horkeskart, Tamás Kaszás, Anikó Lóránt, Nada Prlja, The Sweetest Dream was a Reunion project curated by B+B.

Attempts to create kinship across Europe take diverse forms, from transnational cultural projects to efforts to control populations by redrawing borders. Nada Prlja’s project ‘Advanced Science of Morphology’ (2006) presents 26 combinations of the five national flags of the states that once made up Yugoslavia. Prlja’s flags were on display at Marble Arch and then at the gallery, creating distorted national identities, reflecting the impossibility of drawing clear distinctions in such contested territory.

Singing together, be it national anthems or union songs, connects people while spreading political ideals. In ‘Learning Freedom’ (2005) we watch Dragan Djordjevic attempt to teach Raffaella Crispino how to play ‘Think’ by Aretha Franklin with no common language between them. The painful process of learning an unknown piece of music is echoed in allsopp&weir’s video ‘Call to Prayer’ (2005) in which a classically trained female singer learns to sing the Islamic call to prayer from a record.

The invention of Esperanto hoped to overcome our communication barriers and to create understanding across borders. Tamás Kaszás and Anikó Lóránt will install ‘Shelter of Hope’ an Esperanto classroom constructed from locally found materials. During the exhibition, the public can access information and resources gathered by the artists as well as take part in a free Esperanto class.

The Sweetest Dream brings together artworks that criticise and celebrate attempts at unity and invite us to reflect on the roles we play in making and breaking dreams of European togetherness.

The exhibition’s title is taken from an artwork by Nemanja Cvijanovic that re-works the EU flag.

Reunion is a two year project by B+B consisting of research, meetings, residencies and exhibitions that try out ideas and reflect on what it means to be political as a cultural producer in Europe today.
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