Saša Ćetković, Maxi Peace
AT THE JOSIP RAČIĆ STUDIO OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
I hope that in the daily fracas, commotion and noise that we live in, in order to survive you will find a few quiet moments for Maksi Mir. Just like the birds of prey managed to find, hovering several hundred metres above our heads in complete silence. When I was floating in a balloon above Zagreb, I became cognizant of this absolute silence of theirs, despite the hustle and bustle of Zagreb going on below. Regrettably, there are very few people who are capable of finding peace in the midst of the busiest crowd. We would like our exhibition to remind people that we do not need wings to be able to rise above our problems. All we need is a momentary escape into Maksi Mir’s silence. It is with good reason that I say “our”, because the great-great-grandfather of the exhibition curator Iva Körbler, botanist Franjo Serafin Körbler, came from Vienna at the invitation of Archbishop Juraj Hon. Haulik and settled permanently in Zagreb in order to design the Horticultural plan that today’s Maksimir Park is based on – said the contemporary Croatian photographer Saša Ćetković on the eve of his exhibition Maksi Mir / Maxi Peace, that the public – with the obligatory observance of epidemiological measures prescribed by the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia – will be able to view from 20 October until 5 November in the Josip Račić Studio of the National Museum of Modern Art. The artist will showcase, in the display co-designed with art historian and critic Iva Körbler, fourteen digital colour photographs he has taken in the last two years in one of the most beautiful European parks. Iva Körbler, author of the catalogue text, writes: A perfect degree of mimicry between real and artificial nature that Saša Ćetković achieves in his photographs point to his impressive skill of adjusting light and shadow at a specific point of the day, as he was shooting photos in this series, even from a very close range. Large portions of blue lakes, snow whites and brown tones of tress give this cycle an authentically contemplative and meditative tone. Seasonal changes do nothing to alter the lasting natural beauty of Maksimir Park, rather they always dress it in a new colourful cloak, revealing different irregular, indented volumes and units of vegetation, just as we city dwellers are supposed to change through the year in accordance with natural rhythms and cycles. Saša Ćetković’s idea wants to show that this is not just one of the post-neoromantic utopias, but a completely realistic option of escaping from the hysteria of the city and oppressive daily energies of the metropolis into the marvellous creation of Maksimir Park.
Due to the epidemiological situation, there is no official opening, and the public can view Saša Ćetković’s exhibition in the Josip Račić Studio of the National Museum of Modern Art, during the working hours of the “Račić” gallery, Monday to Friday from 11am to 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 1pm, in full compliance with the measures prescribed by the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia. The gallery is closed on holidays.
Born in Zagreb in 1968, where he graduated from the School of Applied Arts and Design, Department of Photography. He is part of the third generation of the family of photographers. He collaborates with leading advertising, PR agencies and the Croatian National Tourist Board. He was the official photographer of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb where he photographed opera, ballet and drama performances, and portrayed its protagonists. In photo journalism, he was a photo editor, photographer and expert associate in all relevant Croatian monthly and weekly publications. He has had 11 solo exhibitions of photography and participated in more than 50 group exhibitions.
He is a member of the Croatian Association of Artists of the Applied Arts (ULUPUH) and the Croatian Freelance Artists Association (HZSU).
Photo © Saša Ćetković