The Minories, Colchester
South East England


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

Curated by Micha Eden Erdész

The Minories Galleries Colchester, England

7 – 30 September 2019

Some in Great Britain in 2019 are uncomfortable with European membership. Likewise, Colchester in Essex in 2019 is a ‘city’ uncomfortable with its rebellious history of Boudicca against a backdrop of Roman power. The pan-European artists of NMR were charged with the metaphor of rebelling against a perceived threat of European federalism through the genre of Magical Realism.

Artists explored a tension, life and approach to a subject matter between the Magic and Real. Spanning two-floors of the Minories’ Grade II Tudor site, these artists critique realities as they know how, by sharing in the invocation of magical alterity. This is an artistic kind of interference to shift a perspective of this world for aesthetic, political, ideological, religious, provocative or ameliorative ends.

Much like our current political stage, Margaret Atwood’s 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) As are the subjects adopted by these artists tasked with particular ends, Zenia’s character is eclipsed by Atwood’s tasking of her with the communication of subversive Magical narrative forces.