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16.9. - 16.10.2019
Eröffnung: Montag, 16.09. um 19 Uhr
Galerija Nova, Teslina 7, Zagreb

artists: Željko Badurina, Pasko Burđelez, Tanja Dabo, Igor Grubić, Sanja Iveković, Božena Končić Badurina, Siniša Labrović, Luiza Margan, Marko Marković, Dalibor Martinis, Zoran Pavelić, Darije Petković, Tomislav Pletenac, Sanja Potkonjak, Mladen Stilinović, Slaven Tolj, Miro Vuco

curated by: Davorka Perić

REFRESHING MEMORY / When Monuments Revive

The exhibition When Monuments Revive is a part of the wider project Refreshing Memory, which engages with anti-fascist monuments and the artistic and scientific practices through which their dignity is preserved. Central to the exhibition are phenomena of the time related to the attitude to memory, the temporality of political options in a time of historical amnesia. In the art works, various approaches to the theme of monument are interwoven, particularly the poetic and meditative approach, the inscription of collective memory into public space, physical space and that of the media, and a radically critical approach. The exhibition takes up the troubled issue of the current situation in society today, of revisionism and the normalisation of fascism.

The second part of the exhibition is opening on September 20, 2019, in SKD Prosvjeta (Preradovićeva 19) at 7 pm.

The exhibition has been produced within the context of the project Refreshing Memory of the Council of the Serbian National Minority in Zagreb and the Serbian People's Council. The exhibition in the Nova Gallery will be on until October 16, 2019, and that in SKD Prosvjeta until October 30, 2019. The shows will be open from Tuesday to Friday between 12 noon and 8 pm, on Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. In the first part of the exhibition When Monuments Revive put on in the Nova Gallery, the works on show tell of the values of society and work, of the human rights guaranteed by the Constitution, the right to the freedom of thought and expression.
It was on the basis of this elementary right founded for the accomplishment of other human rights and liberties that the work of Tanja Dabo was created – Repairing the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia. The works exhibited pose the thesis that the workings of artist and state are diametrically opposed, the work of art enriching society, creating a new and encouraging social context.

The production of text and images is the materials used by Dalibor Martinis in his work J. B. T. 29. 12 2004; dealing with the phenomena of representation (the roles of the leader and political speeches), the artist stepped up onto the empty base of a monument, drawing attention to the problems of the construction of memory through the visual. The image is in fact distinct from political motivation and is further a representation of the problems of society. Through this act, the artist elicited powerful reactions in the media, while the generation of political oblivion and violence against the heritage spurred the origin of numerous artistic works that are represented in this exhibition. Among the pioneers of monumental anti-iconoclasm is the work of Siniša Labrović, Bandaging the Wounded, in which the author treats a demolished visual construct, in this case a monument in Sinj that was blown up, by literally bandaging a monument.

Dario Petković's thousand-kuna banknote with a photograph of the holiday-making seaside resort of Uvala Slana / Slana Bay is painfully at odds with the place being both the site of an atrocity and also a place on a banknote of the Independent State of Croatia, there for the purpose of its representation. Two other banknotes are to be found in which the focus is on the work, value and the message of money. The first banknote, of 100 dinars, is on the forehead of Mladen Stilinović in his famed collage of 1980. Sing! , a detail from the Augustinčić sculpture Peace represents the values of the system in which the banknote was in circulation.

In the work of Željko Badurina, Exploitation of the Living (dedicated to Mladen Stilinović) the devaluation of the value of work and the exploitation of the work is represented with a banknote of 100 euro on the forehead and the inscription Work!, with which in his visual language the artist conjures up the capitalist system.

The Stone Flower of Marko Marković, a cast "done from the model" of Bogdanović's monument dedicated to the victims of the Ustasha reign of terror in the concentration camp of Jasenovac is cast in the negative, the replica telling of the inversion of historical facts. The author refers to the presence of the politics of revisionism, a model that systematically gets down to social structures, justifying crimes.

A photograph of Mladen Stilinović, which documents the gesture of remembering under the title In Memory of U. M. , is devoted to a person whose identity the author did not wish to reveal, the work thus becoming a monument that has a chance of lasting forever without its value ever being disputed. The Sonata for Friar Satan, a new work of Siniša Labrović, was created in response to the revisionism in existence in Croatia today. A quotation from an essay of Viktor Ivančić, "Monuments of Unbrothering" from Behind the Seven Camps, in which the thesis is proposed that cruelty is the production of a sick society and not of a sick individual is an introduction to a new work, an ambiental and acoustic installation of Siniša Labrović. Also in the setting of brave individuals is the Monument to Stjepan Filipović, by Miro Vuco and Sjtepan Gračan, demolished and ejected from its native city and the history text book. The blown-up image of universal values of courage and freedom is an image of the society in which we live.

Sunlit Places is a temporary memorial artistic intervention of Zoran Pavelić carried out at the site of the biggest mass crime in the history of Zagreb during the fascist occupation. The work consists of people on whose faces there are sunlit spaces that in a symbolic way do honour to the fallen. In the words of the author – Freedom is always the choice of light. The photographs for Sunlit Places were taken by Katarina Zlatec.

In the work Review of the Family Library, Božena Končić-Badurina exhibits books, the installation being accompanied by a radio voice that tells what the criterion for the selection of books for exhibition was, that is, previously for being written-off. When Monuments Revive deals with the destruction and re-construction of social values through artistic action.

The artistic actions of Igor Grubić from the cycle 366 Rituals of Liberation will be exhibited in both spaces; in the Nova Gallery there will be Bicycle and Flag, Handkerchief and Monuments and Red Squadron (Free Flight of poetry) as well as Post it Just like you I too am waiting for a change call when it happens. His rituals of liberation sensitive to social injustice, transformed into artistic act, rouse the citizens from their slumbers. Igor Grubić in his works problematises what has been deliberately obliterated and removed from public spheres. In cases of encounters with the state he does not back down, and through one of the intimate rituals tattoos disobedient on an arm.

In the work Eye to Eye with Freedom, through public action Luiza Margan elevates people in a cherry-picker so they can have a direct encounter with a monument. Starting off from personal perception and thinking about the invisibility of monuments in the sense of value messages communicates the idea of facing up to the processes of social amnesia. Pasko Burđelez, in the form of direct address with graffiti and banners develops communication outside the gallery venue in the space of the city, and in the awareness of passers-by inscribes Work Less, Love, Make Mistakes, Break Out in a Rash, Don't watch that TV, You've beaten the fascists in yourself / or in your room? (in Croatian u sebi/ u sobi) THE ENDH

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