Jože Barši: Borges, Barši and Oblivion

“From Monday (until 11 April), you can walk through the labyrinth of learning and forgetting created at the City Art Gallery Ljubljana by Jože Barši in cooperation with the curator Barbara Sterle Vurnik, which seemingly also follows the example of the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges, who saw a labyrinth as a library and a library as a gigantic overwhelming labyrinth.”

Jože Barši, Learning and Forgetting, City Art Gallery Ljubljana, 2021
Jože Barši, Learning and Forgetting, City Art Gallery Ljubljana, 2021 © Andrej Peunik / MGML

“Despite the unique monument to knowledge and imagination that Barši put up on the first floor of Learning and Forgetting (in the last room on the first floor, you will find a reading room stacked only with children’s editions of Cervantes’ The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, which, as a leitmotif of the exhibition, questions the relation between human imagination, on the one hand, and the real world, on the other), the second floor ‘problematises the bare accumulation of factual data that change human memory into a dumping ground of the superfluous and obstruct the flow of thought’, pointing out the necessity of gradual forgetting, overgrowing and the creation of emptiness.”

Source: Pia Prezelj, Delo: Borges, Barši in pozaba, 27 February 2021 

Posted: 18. 3. 2021

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