The exhibition brings together works by eight international artists: Claire Fontaine, Gelitin, Miná Minov, Ivan Moudov, Alban Muja, Anri Sala, Selma Selman and Ulay. Ivan Moudov’s site-specific work, The One Minute Stalker in the entrance corridor, sets the tone for the exhibition, carrying at its core the notion of desire in Tarkovsky’s 1979 film.
“I was invited to gather a group show at Alberta Pane Gallery. I tried to choose works I wish were mine or I wish I had made. Sometimes, that is the main drive behind an artist’s collection. Inspired by Tarkovsky’s film, Stalker, my aim was to build a story that guides visitors through the “Zone” in search of a mythical place known only as “The Room.” It is said that anyone who enters “The Room” will have their earthly desires immediately fulfilled. What those desires are believed to be and what they truly are is brought to light upon entering “The Room.”
Situated in “The Room” the selected works of seven exceptional artists manifest as wishes, each one exploring the nuances of human longing and the complexities that lie within. Together all the works in this exhibition create a space for contemplation and reflection, where the boundaries of reality are pushed and the imagination is set free. Like the Stalker, who leads his companions through the “Zone” to discover their innermost desires, this exhibition invites the viewer to explore their own dreams and wishes, to step beyond the confines of reality, and to embrace the unknown” – Ivan Moudov