Horizon of Expectations at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
“This year we decided to present Croatia as a young country of great creative potential, therefore we entrusted the exhibition set-up to the independent curator and art historian Branka Benčić,” said the Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek, PhD, at a press conference ahead of the Croatian participation at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
The Minister of Culture underlined the Ministry’s continuous effort on the elaborate design and organisation of Croatia’s participation in the Venice Biennale, equally for the Biennale of Architecture and the International Art Exhibition. The Croatian Pavilion exhibition under the title Horizon of Expectations opens on 12 May 2017: two artists and their installations will be presented – Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić – to the selection of the exhibition curator Branka Benčić.
Horizon of Expectations at the Croatian Pavilion is a double solo exhibition, based on the production of new artworks, carefully considered and tailor-made for the Biennale. Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić’s exhibition is structured as a fragmentary narrative and signal of transience of the display space, connecting two artistic positions that deal with issues of uncertainty, tension or collapse, and how they relate to different conditions and contexts. “The exhibition is structured as two exhibitions in close communication. It does not have a fixed narrative, but rather reflects the intention by way of two artistic positions that deal with issues of uncertainty, tension or collapse, using different media – from installation, to objects, videos, animation, even to traditional painting. The entire space is arranged in order to engage the observer and articulate their moving through space,” said the exhibition curator Branka Benčić.
In the installation Phantom Trades: Sea of People, based on paintings and objects, Tina Gverović continues to explore processes of accumulations, drawing attention to history and materiality, bodies in transit, as moving masses or geopolitical entities. Using different media, painting, drawing, installation or text, she creates works in the form of disorienting installations that engage with the space, territory and identity, and how these concepts are bound to imagination. Tina Gverović said that this piece, as a continuation on her previous pieces, deals with the issues of transience, insecurity, uncertainty, information flow and exchange of materials. “It could be also interpreted as contemporary stories about the flow of people, about migrations. The installation is a composition of several paintings created by a careful laying down of clothes on a wet background which are then set vertically in the display space or lain down together with objects and video works,” said Tina Gverović. Marko Tadić’s work, on the other hand, reflects his permanent fascination with modernist heritage. Events to Be Forgotten is an installation including slide projections, film and drawings, connected in a system of constructive elements. It is based on a series of projected images and vintage imagery, while found slides as ready-made images or found images represent the scenes intervened on by the artist with drawing and scratching. Staging a narrative between document and fiction, the artist unfolds a narrative of loosely connected scenes framing abandoned or forgotten locations as remains of suspended time, a visual panorama oscillating between history, memory and future projections.
“These photographs symbolise a space which no longer exists and yet again, by intervening on the visual archive materials, I create a sort of re-enactment of events which have never took place,” said Marko Tadić. During the exhibition, the Venice Biennale is organising a series of events involving the artists under the title Tavola aperta. Such informal Q&As are part of the Biennale artistic director Christine Macel’s curatorial concept, aiming to spark a dialogue between the audience and artists. In a relaxed lunchtime atmosphere, artists will have a chance to present their work and subject matters they deem important in their art practice.
Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić are scheduled to meet with the audience at Tavola aperta on 20 September 2017 at the Central Pavilion in the Giardini. Artist Practice Project is also part of Christine Macel’s curatorial concept, screening video works by the artists exhibiting at the central international exhibition, as well as national pavilions. The 57th Venice Biennale artistic director has included in the central international exhibition at the Giardini the works of one of the most important contemporary artists from Croatia, Mladen Stilinović. The Croatian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, covering 94 square metres, is located at the Artiglierie in the Arsenal. The organisation is entrusted to the Modern Gallery from Zagreb, and the exhibition will be accompanies by a publication in English, with contributions by Branka Benčić, Clemens Krummel and Marco Scotini, designed by Andro Giunio.