With video works by Silva Agostini / Chto Delat? / Anna McCarthy / Damir Očko
Text/Conversation by Adela Demetja and Emily Henderson

9 Hours Away is an evening of video-art and text meant to create a connection and foster a conversation about similarities between the current socio-political situation in the US and Europe. The video screening will be enhanced by a poetic, critical and philosophical audio conversation between the curator Adela Demetja and the Portland based curator and writer Emily Henderson.

Silva Agostini (b. 1979, Tirana, Albania) lives and works in Berlin. Her multi award-winning works have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, including at the Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, the Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana in Bucharest, the National Gallery in Tirana, the Tirana Biennale, the Biennale des Arts, Tunis, and the London Biennale, Berlin.

The collective Chto Delat? (What is to be done?) was founded in early 2003 in Petersburg by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from St. Petersburg, Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod with the goal of merging political theory, art, and activism. Their works are included in collections such as The Museum of Modern Art , New York; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Museum Reina Sophia, Madrid; Le Centre Pompidou, Paris; MUDAM, Luxemburg; Tretyakov Art Gallery, Moscow; KIASMA, Museum for Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade and many others.

British artist Anna McCarthy (b. 1981) lives and works in Munich, Germany. McCarthy’s work combines paintings, drawings, installations, performances, music, and film. She has exhibited in numerous international art institutions and museums, among them Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, Shedhalle Zürich and at the Schaustelle, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. In 2013, she premiered the musical How To Start A Revolution at Haus der Kunst in Munich. In 2015, she was awarded a fellowship at the Villa Aurora, Los Angeles.

Damir Očko was born in 1977 in Zagreb, Croatia, where he lives and works today. Through his music, film, poetry, and two-dimensional objects, Damir Očko investigates language as expressed in sound and voice and its resonance in visual images. Očko’s work has been exhibited at Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Croatian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, among others.

Adela Demetja’s curatorial residency at PICA and this event are made possible by a grant from CEC ArtsLink as part of the ArtsLink Awards program.

Run time: 90 min.