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When is happiness possible?

Exhibition by h.arta group

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Opening: 17 April 2014, 7 pm

tranzit. ro/ Cluj
Str. Brassai Sámuel, nr. 5

Is happiness an individual matter, is it possible in the vicinity of others` unhappiness? In a context of extreme right discourses becoming increasingly visible in the public space, where the intrusion of capital in all aspects of society being increasingly obvious, where losing the inalienable rights such as water and clean air are lost, and the extreme disrespect for life becomes acceptable, how to overcome the idea of happiness as a prescription, of happiness as a duty of the neoliberal individual? The project examines the promotion of violence, the removal and concealment of those unhappy, the double standards, the transforming of despair and poverty in individual guilt in a society where the word "happiness" follows us from billboards, from media, from the norms of everyday life.

The exhibition is open between 17 April - 19 May 2014.
Visiting hours: Monday to Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm

h.arta is a group of 3 women artists (Maria Crista, Anca Gyemant and Rodica Tache) whose projects focus on knowledge production and alternative educational models in a feminist frame. We use different forms and formats, such as events, discussions,
publications, everyday objects attempting to create new spaces for political expression and action. Our projects are most of the time based on collaboration and we frequently work together with other artists, human rights activists, schools, etc. Our methodology is based on friendship, which we understand as an everyday negotiation of
differences, as a way of learning from each other, and as a political statement about the power of solidarity.

The exhibition When is happiness possible? is part of the projects presented in Cluj within the programme Fiction, Rhetoric, Facts.