The Minories, Colchester
South East England

‘New Magical Realism’ curated by Micha Eden Erdész

Supported by the City of Munich

September 7 – 30 September 2019, The Minories Galleries, Colchester School of Art, GB

Fia Cielen, Anton Cotteleer, Tim Dodds, Micha Eden Erdész, Evelien Gysen, Jef Gysen, Andrea Hanak, Besmir Latifi, Alex McLean, Elke Lutgerink, Aleksei Kazantsev, Warre Mulder, Anna Sokololva, Angela Stauber

As are artists’ subjectrs tasked with particular ends, Zenia’s character in Atwood’s The Robber Bride (1993) is eclipsed by Atwood’s tasking of her with the convenyance of subversive Magical narrative forces. Much like the current political stage, Zenia is an image reflected in a smoky mirror, whose multiple and ‘forever shape-shifting character functions as a catalyst for new and re-emergent traumas.’ (Vickroy cited in Bouson 2010: 23)

Some in Great Britain in 2019 show their discomfort with European membership. Colchester in Essex in 2019 is a ‘city’ uncomfortable with the rebellious history of Boudicca against a backdrop of Roman power. This artistic interference aims to shift perspective for aesthetic, political, ideological, religious, provocative or ameliorative ends.

Spanning two-floors of the Minories’ Grade II Tudor site, artists explore a tension, life and approach to a subject matter between the Magic and Real by invoking magical alterity. The Pan-European artists of NMR are charged with that metaphor, as they rebel against the perceived threat of European federalism.