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RENATA POLJAK
SONGS FOR THE SEA
Bačva Gallery, Home of HDLU (Meštrović pavilion)
29.2.-17.3.2024

Opening of the exhibition Songs for the Sea by RENATA POLJAK will be on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7pm, at Bačva Gallery (Home of HDLU / Meštrović pavilion).

In her foreword, Monika Herceg emphasizes:

” (…) The sea is peace. By the sea, ancient and vital, the mother sea, we can understand that we are but a moment, less than a moment in the vast cosmic history. Water is the possibility of life. It originated precisely in the water, in the oceans that once covered our searing and inhospitable planet. So, the sea has been there from the very beginning, it was the beginning – accompanying the first synthesis of molecules into larger molecules, the emergence of the first single-celled organisms, the connection of cells. When life emerged from the sea onto the land, the history of the land began, and then, around 1.9 million years ago, Homo erectus, the upright man, appeared. The upright man, perhaps never a wise one, separated himself from the way the planet breathes. Unaware that the story of life is much greater than man himself, we recklessly pollute and destroy even the sea, the very beginning of life. At the same time, let us not forget that the entire history of mankind and civilization is essentially a history of creation myths, where we transpose deities from one story to another, attributing divine properties to natural elements and phenomena we do not understand.

Can we turn back the clock? Can we change the story? This is what Renata Poljak is asking herself, looking for an answer through art, and all possible arsenals of art (aware that every language of creation can be understood in coexistence with others), a way not to merely rewrite an ancient story, but to make it alive through art, thus giving the Sea itself a new life, a new autonomous beginning. (…) ”

Biography

Renata Poljak has presented her work in numerous national and international solo exhibitions, film festivals, and biennials, and is the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships and awards. Her residencies include stays at the San Francisco Art Institute, MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Art In General in New York, and Cité Internationale des Arts and Récollets in Paris. A selection of artist’s films and video works has been independently screened at the Centre Georges Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris. For years, her work has focused on exploring the phenomenon of human migration and its physical and emotional consequences, particularly in her four recent films: “Partenza” (2016), “Yet Another Departure” (2018), “Porvenir” (2020), and “Split” (2021). The last three premiered at the Oberhausen Film Festival. “Porvenir” won six awards at film festivals. Her works can be found in numerous museum and private collections.

PREFACE

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Organizer: HDLU

With the support of: Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb

 

 

 

 

 

Since December 27, 2023, Eve Woods, Irish artist and curator, has collected numerous researches in the city of Zagreb, visiting cultural sites, facilities and public sculptures. She met several artists and curators, visiting studios and alternative places to create art. She participated in exhibition openings, performances and events at universities and art organizations.

In cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and as part of the course Introduction to the Theory of Art, by associate professor Josip Zanki, Ph.D., she held a lecture at the Academy of Fine Arts and spoke with Luja Šimunović, an assistant at the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. This gave her an overview of the art ecosystem in the city and created numerous connections for future art projects.

 

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Project partners:

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Funded by the European Union – CREA-CULT-2022-COOP. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

[Project number: 101100309 ]

Project is co-financed by the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs. The views expressed in this announcement are the sole responsibility of HDLU and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs.

LUCIJA BOGUNOVIĆ
TODAY THE SKY IS BLUE
6.-27.2.2024.

On Tuesday, 6.2.2024. Lucija Bogunović opens her solo exhibition entitled Today the sky is blue, at 7 pm in Karas Gallery (Ulica kralja Zvonimira 58).

In her foreword, Iva Jurić emphasizes:

The photographs show the sky that Bogunović photographed from April 4th to June 4th, 2022 on locations where she would find herself once a day, with an hour difference from the previous day (April 4th at 12:00, April 5th at 13:00 etc.). Fascinated by the impermanence of the sky, she approaches the photography process ritually (turning on the alarm, waking up, constantly carrying the camera, becoming aware of a certain moment in the day, etc.), and by constantly recording it, she tries to create a relationship between herself as an ephemeral subject and it (the sky) as a constant. As an observer, she takes control of time for a short time and inscribes it in a way, i.e. marks it and later transfers it to the fabric.”

Preface

Biography:

Lucija Bogunović (1998) has been studying New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Zagreb since 2019. As an artist she collaborated with Mostar Street Art Festival, Događanja Gallery, Žuta kuća in Istria, and in 2022 she was selected by Organ Vida to participate on a residency organized by photography platform Futures. In 2023, she participated in the project „I Saw Our Leaders. Reinterpreting Hungarian Poems Via Contemporary Art Practices“ and her work was published on the official website of the European Alliance of Academies.

In her artistic practice she explores the conceptual relation between photographic medium and time in depicting fragments of life and repetitive events, as well as the personal relationship between the meaning of home and a roof over the head through different media and perspectives.

The exhibition will be open during the period from 6. to 27.2.2024.
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The Karas Art Hub platform was designed for the purpose of developing different approaches to the presentation, experience and processing of works of art displayed to the public in Zagreb’s Karas Gallery, which are presented to the public with digital content on the gallery’s web platform, including 360° shots of installations and video miniatures.

http://karasarthub.eu

Organizer: HDLU

With the support of: Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb

The Artists for Artists Residency Network, a two-year project (2023-2024), aims to improve the mobility of contemporary visual artists and curators, while creating greater opportunities for women in the arts. The project takes place in four European partner countries – Romania, Germany, Croatia and Austria. The project focuses on the development of new international exchanges and transcultural dialogue and provides a number of new opportunities for art practitioners of all ages, in different artistic media, with a special emphasis on women in art and gender equality. The result of the project will be increased awareness of the importance of cultural mobility at local legislative levels, but also in the general public, especially in the current (post)crisis European context, strengthening EU affiliation and connection with contemporary visual art.

The project includes: 12 artist residencies in Zagreb (HR), Mulhouse (FR), Bucharest (RO) and in Săcel, Maramureș (RO), 4 curatorial residencies in Zagreb and Bucharest, 12 conferences in Zagreb, Bucharest and Vienna and 1 traveling international exhibition , which will first be shown to the public in Zagreb (HR), and then in Vienna (AT) and Bucharest (RO).

The first resident of the AFAR project is Sarah McNulty, (b. USA, based in Copenhagen) founded and curates the program Tørreloft, initiated in 2015, based on experimental forms of production, collaboration and experience for international artists. In opposition to the original clandestine drying attic, the current format at AGA Works takes place in an industrial garage, where the 4th wall is a shutter that opens to a busy street.

In her own practice as an artist she works primarily with expanded painting as a starting point, often as installations with textiles and other surfaces with shifting characteristics. Her work as both an artist and curator explores the ecology of the built environment, frequently initiating projects in overlooked architectural sites in the public sphere.

As part of the residency, Sarah McNulty, gets to know the Croatian art scene with the aim of international connections and inviting Croatian artists to Denmark, and the residency will include visits to studios and exhibitions as well as AFAR Talk at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb on February 27th.

The project takes place in four European partner countries – Romania, Germany, Croatia and Austria. The consortium consists of the project leader (ARAC) – Bucharest, Romania and 3 partners: Goethe Institute network, Croatian Association of Fine Artists – Zagreb, Croatia and Künstlerhaus – Vienna, Austria. An additional associated strategic partner of the project is La Kunsthalle Mulhouse which is also the Center d’Art Contemporain d’Intérêt National de la Ville de Mulhouse, located in a former industrial building it shares with the University of Haute-Alsace, the city archives and the Ateliers Pédagogiques d’Arts Plastiques.

We bring you photos from yesterday’s talk between Eve Woods (IE) and Luja Šimunović (HR): AFAR talk – A Selection of Irish Eco-artists, as part of the European project Artists for Artists Residency Network (AFAR), which aims to improve the mobility of contemporary visual artists and curators, creating greater opportunities for women in art, and takes place in four European partner countries – Romania, Germany, Croatia and Austria. The talk took place in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and as part of the course Introduction to the Theory of Art, by the associate professor Ph.D. Josip Zanki.

 

 

Eve Woods, the first resident curator in Zagreb, shared an overview of programming from Pallas Projects (Dublin) with a focus on environmental artists and presentations including special commission Ark Life and select artists from the annual gallery programme Artist-Initiated Projects and Periodical Review. After the introductory lecture, there was a conversation with Luja Šimunović, an assistant at the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, followed by questions from the audience.

 

Within the project:

Project partners:

Supported by:

  

Funded by the European Union – CREA-CULT-2022-COOP. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

[Project number: 101100309 ]

Project is co-financed by the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs. The views expressed in this announcement are the sole responsibility of HDLU and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs.

 

 

AFAR TALK: A SELECTION OF IRISH ECO-ARTISTS

Talk: Eve Woods and Luja Šimunović

in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, as part of the course Introduction to the Theory of Art, by associate professor Josip Zanki, Ph.D.
January 15, 2024, 7 pm
AKADEMIJA LIKOVNIH UMJETNOSTI
Ul. Rudolfa Kolaka 12

Artists for Artists Residency Network (AFAR), a two-year project (2023-2024), aims to improve the mobility of contemporary visual artists and curators, while creating greater opportunities for women in the arts. The project takes place in four European partner countries – Romania, Germany, Croatia and Austria. The project focuses on the development of new international exchanges and transcultural dialogue and provides a number of new opportunities for art practitioners of all ages, in different artistic media, with a special emphasis on women in art and gender equality.

The project includes: 12 artist residencies in Zagreb (HR), Mulhouse (FR), Bucharest (RO) and in Săcel, Maramureș (RO), 4 curatorial residencies in Zagreb and Bucharest, 12 conferences in Zagreb, Bucharest and Vienna and 1 traveling international exhibition , which will first be shown to the public in Zagreb (HR), and then in Vienna (AT) and Bucharest (RO).

Eve Woods, the first resident curator in Zagreb, will share an overview of programming from Pallas Projects (Dublin) with a focus on environmental artists and presentations including special commission Ark Life and select artists from the annual gallery programme Artist-Initiated Projects and Periodical Review. Presented artists often work through a feminist, anti-aesthetic.

After the introductory lecture, there will be a talk with Luja Šimunović, an assistant at the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.

 

Eve Woods is Curator/Programme Producer at Pallas Projects where she has worked in various roles since 2016. She has led on the Artist-Initiated Projects since 2019, and special projects including; curating ‘Dubliners Reel’ at the 6th Biennial of Painting, Zagreb 2021; Ark Life workshop programme & exhibition with artist Celina Muldoon funded by the Arts Council Commission Award 2021; Irish Art Now: Contemporary Art Auction in support of PP/S 2019; Nasty Women Dublin 2017; & PP/S 20 Year Benefit Auction 2016. She has also worked as Visiting Lecturer – Strategies for publicising cultural events – Dun Laoghaire Institute Of Art Design + Technology, 2021; Producer at Science Gallery Dublin (SGD) where she represented SGD at EXPERIMENTA, la Biennale Arts Sciences 2020 as part of the European Artificial Intelligence Lab; and Green on Red Gallery Dublin where she assisted at international art fairs including VOLTA NY, 2017. Education includes Situations: Art in the Contemporary World, Creative Futures Academy, 2022; Expanding Exhibitions: Innovative Approaches to Curating, Node Center 2021; Sponsorship Seminar, Business To Arts, 2016; BSc. Digital Technology & Design 1:1, Dublin Institute of Technology/Digital Skills Academy 2016; MA. in Visual Arts Practices, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, 2014; BA. (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting) 2:1, Centre for Creative Arts & Media, Galway, 2012.

Luja Šimunović graduated  art history and comparative literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Zagreb. She works as an independent curator and assistant at the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Zagreb. As an independent curator, she has been active on the cultural scene since 2015, when she works in an organization dedicated to the intersection of science and art, KONTEJNER, where she works as a curator and project manager of artistic and educational programs until 2021. She is the editor of a publication that explores the theoretical and practical implications of collecting, digitizing and archiving bio-art, published in 2022 on the occasion of the European Archive project. From 2016, she was part of the Organ Vida team, where she worked as an exhibition coordinator and curator, until 2019, when she became part of the curatorial collective of organizations and festivals until 2021. She founded the independent organization and curatorial collective KUĆĆA in 2021 with Jurica Mlinarec and Klara Petrović. With the collective, he curates the 36th youth salon (HDLU, 2022) on the theme PARASITES, the 63rd Poreč annals entitled “They told me that the planet has nerve endings” and leads the experimental residential project LIVING ROOM. She is the winner of the Special Rector’s Award for participation in the Wikipedia project, the Franjo Marković Award of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for founding the cultural portal Kulturflux, and the Iso Kršnjavi Award for the best graduation thesis from the Department of Art History. She collaborated with cultural portals (Vizkultura, Muf), and was published in INSAM Journal, Croatian Film Chronicle and &&&Journal.

 

Within the project:

Project partners:

Supported by:

  

Funded by the European Union – CREA-CULT-2022-COOP. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

[Project number: 101100309 ]

Project is co-financed by the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs. The views expressed in this announcement are the sole responsibility of HDLU and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs.

The Artists for Artists Residency Network, a two-year project (2023-2024), aims to improve the mobility of contemporary visual artists and curators, while creating greater opportunities for women in the arts. The project takes place in four European partner countries – Romania, Germany, Croatia and Austria. The project focuses on the development of new international exchanges and transcultural dialogue and provides a number of new opportunities for art practitioners of all ages, in different artistic media, with a special emphasis on women in art and gender equality. The result of the project will be increased awareness of the importance of cultural mobility at local legislative levels, but also in the general public, especially in the current (post)crisis European context, strengthening EU affiliation and connection with contemporary visual art.

The project includes: 12 artist residencies in Zagreb (HR), Mulhouse (FR), Bucharest (RO) and in Săcel, Maramureș (RO), 4 curatorial residencies in Zagreb and Bucharest, 12 conferences in Zagreb, Bucharest and Vienna and 1 traveling international exhibition , which will first be shown to the public in Zagreb (HR), and then in Vienna (AT) and Bucharest (RO).

The first resident of the AFAR project is Eve Woods, curator and producer of the Pallas Project in Dublin, who also works as a visual artist.

She has led on the Artist-Initiated Projects since 2019, and special projects including; curating ‘Dubliners Reel’ at the 6th Biennial of Painting, Zagreb 2021; Ark Life workshop programme & exhibition with artist Celina Muldoon funded by the Arts Council Commission Award 2021; Irish Art Now: Contemporary Art Auction in support of PP/S 2019; Nasty Women Dublin 2017; & PP/S 20 Year Benefit Auction 2016.

She has also worked as Visiting Lecturer – Strategies for publicising cultural events – Dun Laoghaire Institute Of Art Design + Technology, 2021; Producer at Science Gallery Dublin
(SGD) where she represented SGD at EXPERIMENTA, la Biennale Arts Sciences 2020 as part of the European Artificial Intelligence Lab; and Green on Red Gallery Dublin where she assisted at international art fairs including VOLTA NY, 2017.

Eve Woods’ practice is concerned with the deep structure of social phenomena. This practice is focused especially in relation to femality, anxiety (as a society) and the internet. Overarching themes of information; it’s perversion and uses in a hyper-connected world, animalism and ethics bleed through these overlapping spheres of interest. Important to these thought patterns and especially evident in the aesthetics of the work is the focus on ideas of myth, urban legend and pseudoscience.

As part of the residency, Eve Woods gets to know the Croatian art scene with the aim of international connections and inviting Croatian artists to Ireland, and the residency will include visits to studios and exhibitions and her lecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb on January 15 at 7 p.m. As part of the lecture, a conversation with Luja Šimunović, an assistant from the Department of Art History, The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, who has been active on the cultural scene as an independent curator since 2015, is planned.

The project takes place in four European partner countries – Romania, Germany, Croatia and Austria. The consortium consists of the project leader (ARAC) – Bucharest, Romania and 3 partners: Goethe Institute network, Croatian Association of Fine Artists – Zagreb, Croatia and Künstlerhaus – Vienna, Austria. An additional associated strategic partner of the project is La Kunsthalle Mulhouse which is also the Center d’Art Contemporain d’Intérêt National de la Ville de Mulhouse, located in a former industrial building it shares with the University of Haute-Alsace, the city archives and the Ateliers Pédagogiques d’Arts Plastiques.

Within the project:

Project partners:

Supported by:

  

Funded by the European Union – CREA-CULT-2022-COOP. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

[Project number: 101100309 ]

Project is co-financed by the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs. The views expressed in this announcement are the sole responsibility of HDLU and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs.

 

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