Monday

11 December 2017

Nemanja Cvijanović (born in Rijeka, Croatia,1972 in mixed family of South Slavic nations), lives and works in Rijeka. Graduated in the Academia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Venice (1998), and  received an MA in Projecting and Production of Visual Art from the Architecture University I.U.A.V, Venice (2010). Recent solo exhibitions include: ŠKUC Gallery, Ljubljana; MSU, Zagreb; Alberta Pane Gallery, Paris; Kjosk! Public Art Platform, Bassano del Grappa (VI), Italy (2010), and at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia (2008).

 

Paying my Electricity Bill, 2005
marble, gilded tin, thermal electrical installation, heat
150 x 300 x 7 cm
Courtesy of the Мuseum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka

The predominant element in the artwork of this Croatian artist, in which we find a strong tendency towards traditions of conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s, is a critical reflection on the current political, economic and social situation. The artist repeatedly correlates these situations with history and memory, particularly the collective memory of those who used to pledge allegiance to the same flag. Cvijanović deals with the recent past by presenting incontestable facts, which are then translated into the present and interpreted - always with a humorous undertone - via his specific visual language.
The marble tombstone is a replica which does not serve its purpose. It speaks about a slice of history which cannot be easily erased, despite the attempts of mainstream politics to smear almost half a century of coexistence among nations. The words “Josip Broz Tito, 1892-1980” are written in gold letters on the tombstone – the origin of the phrase is well known. The tombstone of the former leader is located in the House of Flowers, and it is now a tourist hotspot for nostalgic members of former Yugoslav nations. Cvijanović's copy is not a mere historical facsimilie. His monument is also a heater for home use – while also keeping history warm.

 


© Oktobarski salon Beograd
Belgrade October salon 2011

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