Andrei Sclifos: Dogma

dogma 
1
a : something held as an established opinion 
b : a code of tenets
c : a point of view or tenet put forth as authoritative without adequate grounds.
2
: a doctrine or body of doctrines concerning faith or morals formally stated and authoritatively proclaimed by a church [Merriam-Webster Dictionary]

A dogma usually has a negative overtone and is as often automatically linked to religion. We also transform certain idyllic concepts into dogmas. We all strive towards continuity, unknown, the infinite. They got sought so much until they became part of the standard. We then give them the power of dogmas. And that’s how they became as useless as the ones we already had.

So this exhibition looks at just that: uselessness. There is an ironic take on the broken-bucket fountain, on the way the candles melt in vain, on the poor man cranking the well and the fish which doesn’t get to live forever. And the whole concept of the exhibition started from a chimney - which is, indeed, useless to the house it serves. But it creates an illusion: of purpose on the outside and of infinity on the inside. Two things the contemporary man strives towards. Sclifos presents his humorously-dark point of view, building from the center of the room (/ exhibition/ world) outwards to some of man’s latest concerns.

Diana Roșca

 

The exhibition is featured both on our instagram account and on www.dogmaq21.ro.