Through dialogue, we propose to build on the new openness of the art world to the richness of global creativity, to diminish insecurity about the culture of the "other." The goal of TUKKU MAGI is to position itself as a North European intellectual site that involves the local, regional and global community, bringing artistic expression, vision, and skill to the forefront of thought and action for a more successful collective future.

 

Beginning with our first exhibition, “Without Fetish,” our goal has been to introduce new content into traditional platforms (museums, exhibition spaces, conference halls) and to grant new meaning to unusual platforms that have not previously been used for such projects.

“Bez Fetiša/Without Fetish” exhibition, Introduction of TUKKU MAGI Project, Rumene Manor, Latvia, August 2019
A “fetish” is an object believed to have supernatural powers, and, in particular, a human-made object that has power over others. At the same time, “fetish” remains a charged term to describe how people grant excessive meaning and power to human creations—material objects, celebrity, political figures and institutions. With the “Bez Fetiša/Without Fetish” exhibition, the TUKKU MAGI Project calls its viewers to recognize the continuing power of art as well as the pitfalls of the wrong sort of fetishism across the globe today—to imagine a world that preserves the art of the fetish, yet which moves beyond fetishism.

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