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13.3.2014
SLAVEN TOLJ | TO MY THREE Z. CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS
14.3. – 10.5.2014
Opening: Thursday, 13th March 2014, 6 pm
WHERE: Galerie Michaela Stock, Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Vienna

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"Subject of my artistic work in the work CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS is the process of social and media constructions of political and corporate interests through a combination of ambiguous narratives, operationalisation of their power in the cultural politics and extreme reducibility to the capitulation of sanity before the policy of acquiring capital."

With the exhibition TO MY THREE Z. CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS at the Galerie Michaela Stock, Slaven Tolj refers to a specific current issue in Dubrovnik, his hometown and main artistic topic.

He has been leading Srđ je naš! – a civic action and initiative, which loudly echoed by seeking out a referendum and which has been initiated as the opposition to the construction of the new golf course on Srđ, the only free surface for future urban expansion of the city. Tolj has clearly set his stand: Politicians placed their focus on the question "Are we for golf or not?", whereas the real question is "Are we for the City or not?!"

The central motif of his work is avoiding direct language and images, and in the current show he also works by deliberately leaving aside and omitting things. Tolj places his work within the narrow borderline between the visible and invisible – by either choosing photography, installation, performance or the concrete as his media. The barely perceptible crack contained in his work adds energy to it, which – regardless of how personal it may seem – critically examines the political aspect of art or the concept of art for a broader audience.

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Slaven Tolj

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