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"Paranoia: Curated by Predrag Pajdic"
2006-06-28 until 2006-08-29
Leeds City Art Gallery
Leeds, , UK United Kingdom

…the proximity of art and life against the backdrop of contemporary politics exploring issues of distrust, suspicion, delusion, fear and terror. The world is witnessing dramatic and shocking events, which create an atmosphere of uncertainty and unease. The destruction of the World Trade Center and more recently the London Underground attacks sparked the chain reaction of events that are shaping future prospects of the world through horror and terror. Independently curated by Predrag Pajdic, the exhibition launches in Leeds before transferring to Focal Point Gallery in Southend and the Freud Museum in London prior to an international tour. Supported by Arts Council of England.

Fictional apocalyptic stories are worryingly similar to everyday reality, causing increasing fear and creating a climate of anxiety. When does the mind become paranoid?

Paranoia is the terrifying fear of being hurt.
Paranoia is a false accusation pretending to be real.
Paranoia is the accuser side of the false or unreal self. The feeling is real but the characters are displaced and substituted. The accused is merely a stand-in for the real person.
Paranoia needs an enemy, but can't seem to find the real persecutor. So, anyone will do.
Paranoia victimizes the innocent by accusing them of being guilty of harmful actions that never occurred in the first place.
Paranoia claims that you are guilty before the trial and the probability of your innocence is denied and rejected.
Paranoia thrives in an inner universe of intensely walled off, suppressed and repressed hurt and pain.
Paranoia is based on the rejection, denial and suppression of vital parts of the self.

Presenting works of international artists exploring the essence of paranoia as one's deluded interpretation of events, not the perception of the events themselves. Artists exhibiting in PARANOIA are from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, many from the world’s areas of conflict. The exhibition incorporates digital technology, conceptual work, performance, photography, video, installation and drawing.

Oreet Ashery, Mireille Astore, Franko B, Maja Bajevic, Daniel Baker, Rana Bishara, Lisa K Blatt, Tim Blake, laurie halsey brown, Mircea Cantor, Norman Cowie, Jeremy Deller, Martin Effert, Amy Feigley, Doug Fishbone, Juan del Gado, Catherine Graham, Sagi Groner, Hatice Guleryuz, Juul Hondius, Helmut Loehr, Avi Mograbi, Ricardo Giraldo Montes, Vesna Milicevic, Hillary Mushkin, Diane Nerwen, Jean-Gabriel Periot, Khaled D. Ramadan, Karst-Janneke Rogaar, Paul Ryan, Jackie Salloum, Larissa Sansour, Nike Savvas, Santiago Sierra, Tatjana Strugar, Doron Solomons, Emilia Telese, Milica Tomic, Akram Zaatari, Katarina Zdjelar, Rachel Wilberforce, Roel Wouters

A full colour catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with essays by Glenn Bowman, Dr Bernadette Buckley, Dr Elizabeth Cowie, Michael Hodges, Jane Hunter-Yetton, Antonio Pasolini, Khaled D. Ramadan, Christel Vesters, introduction by Predrag Pajdic and interviews with selected artists.

Hatice Guleryuz

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