Mario Kučera, Nowhere
On the stone slabs by the sea, where I often sunbathe,
I was waiting for the Perseids. I saw several of them,
and also two planes that flew by, drawing a thin line
of light during long exposure, I saw the Milky Way
“travelling” from east to west, I saw a purse seiner
that lit the rocks in front of me, providing them with
contours and form.
I left around midnight.
Then we ate bread and prosciutto and we drank wine,
while meteors ripped through the sky.
Nowhere is the title of a series of photographs, and an exhibition of the contemporary Croatian photographer Mario Kučera, that the Zagreb cultural public will be able to view from 8 April to 2 May, in the “Josip Račić” Gallery of the National Museum of Modern Art. Through around twenty black and white photographs that he took last summer on the island of Vis, the artist takes us inside his experience of reality in a peculiar way.
In the foreword to the catalogue, the co-author of the exhibition and setup, Lana Šetka writes – Although he departed Zagreb with a preconceived idea of what his new photographic series should look like, when he arrived on the island that he often returns to for its natural beauty and positive energy, he realized that he has already intellectually spent his original idea and that it no longer represented a challenge for him. Unencumbered by traces of the past and free from uncertainty that future brings, Kučera managed to feel, in this remote place, the purity of the present moment and to create, through the prism of lived experience and emotional states, a series of spatially and temporally undefined frames that could have been shot in any other location or did not have to be created at all… Consolidated in the series titled “Nowhere”, he presents them to the public for the first time in the “Josip Račić” Studio of the National Museum of Modern Art.
Due to the public health and safety situation, there is no official opening.
Mario Kučera was born in 1967 in Slavonski Brod. He holds a degree in history
from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Although he started taking photographs as early as primary school, he started doing it more intensely after he moved to Zagreb. He published his first professional photographs from the war zones in important Croatian and foreign daily newspapers. He worked for the Republic Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments, and he collaborated with several leading newspapers and magazines of the time, as he simultaneously worked on art projects. He regularly stages and participates in solo and group exhibitions.