OPA Artist Group

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OPA (Obsessive Possessive Aggression) is an artistic collaboration from Skopje, Macedonia, founded in 2001 by the visual artists Slobodanka Stevceska (born 1971, Macedonia) and Denis Saraginovski (born 1971, Macedonia). Both of them studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje and are working on the borderline of art, media and performance.

OPA focuses on researching the social, cultural and everyday issues, as well as ways of looking, thinking and behaving of certain community in the shifting social and political conditions. In doing so, OPA questions the various social habits related to forming the individual and national cultural identity, and on the other hand stereotypes built by forming the identity. OPA reacts to the actual situations conceptualizing them into an art form by meta-situations/positions/narratives. Thus their activities include actions, context-specific projects, video, TV screenings, mockumentary etc. Their projects are often related to the social life of the artist and the art system, deconstructing the artwork and its units: artist/performer, object/artifact, audience, expectation, and more widely, curator/manager/institution. OPA’s most used topics so far are authority, intrusion, elitism, conformism, lethargy, ideology, utopia and media manipulation.

OPA received residency fellowships in Estonia, France, Germany and Switzerland and has exhibited widely in group exhibitions and festivals such as Transmediale, Berlin; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin; Transeuropa (European Theatre and Performance Festival), Hildesheim; Instants Video Festival, France; Freewaves’ Biennial of New Media Arts, Los Angeles; I Had a Dream, Kunstraum Baden, Switzerland; etc. On part of the projects OPA collaborates with the journalist and writer Sasho Talevski, under the name OPA&HA (Obsessive Possessive Aggression and Chronically Arrogance).

SharedSpace: Retreat Riga, 2014

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