22.01.2009. - 22.01.2009.


In the early 1990’s, two major changes were taking place in Croatia: political and territorial independence from ex Yugoslavia and the first wave of economic globalisation. As you may know, globalisation is the economic model that, after the break up of European socialist countries, with the help of the new technologies (the Internet, mobile networks etc.), created new ways of making profit. Two opposite social processes were the consequence of that: degradation of national economies and proliferation of particular cultural identities...

During 1990’s, the countries of Middle and southeaste Europe were in search of their position on the new map of Europe and thus found themselves in a paradox situation of parallel decentralization of economy and nationalization of culture. The more cultural practice seemed traditional and particular, the more it represented self-identification model for newly formed countries. Although impossible for the global application, the model of so-called traditional culture became the pattern applicable to national culture through various local and group identities. The expansion of local media, equality of dialects, World Music and lifestyle culture are only few of the phenomena that could not exist without tension between global and national.

The 2009 programe for Gallery Galženica, named Interzone, was in most part built upon the propositions made by the artists on the topic of globalization. The artists responded to the call for art proposals sent out in the first half of 2008. Through different types of events (exhibitions, theatre plays, lecture) we will try and show how contemporary artists perceive the process of globalization, which with equal intensity has an impact on the social, art and everyday life, in both so-called transitional countries and the countries, or, better, cultures in which global strategies are built and shaped. We therefore hope to open some of the questions within the 2009 programe, such as the problem of relationship between the degradation of national economies and the growth of traditional cultures; the problem of the role of the city in neoliberal societies; the problem of constructing gender, local or national identity in relation to e.g. the increasing popularity of conservative political parties, etc.

Gallery Galženica's 2009 programe was designed by Ivana Hanaček and Klaudio Štefančić. The programe will be realized by curators Sanja Horvatinčić, Nina Pisk and Klaudio Štefančić. The calender of events is as follows:

Interzone / City, exhibition, lecture
February 4 - March 15, 2009.

Sophio Medoidze (GE, GB)
Željka Blakšić & Lena Kramarić (HR)
Dino Zrnec (HR)
Guerilla Gardening (GB)
Boris Cvjetanović (HR)
The Pula group (HR)

Interzone / Nation, exhibition
April 1 – May 10, 2009.

Saša Karalić (NL, B i H)
Id Sarup (HR)
Hakan Akcura (TR, S)
Jasminka Končić (HR)
Ana Lozica (HR)

Interzone / Global, performance / dance / installation
May 14 – May 23, 2009.

Pandora Pop (Petra Zanki /Anna Hertling/ Katharina Trabert), (HR, DE, I), Sorry! (Stereo Unplugged)

Radoslav Putar Award – Finale 2009, the national art award for young visual artists (up to 35 years of age)
June 3 – July 5, 2009.

Interzone / Gender, exhibition
September 9 – October 11, 2009. (artists will be know by June 2009; curators: Sanja Horvatinčić, Nina Pisk)

Interzone / Local , exhibition
October 21 – November 15, 2009.
(artists will be known by June 2009; curator: Mislav Muršić)

Interzone / Economy, exhibition
November 25 – December 25, 2009.

lemeh42 (Michele Santini, Lorenza Paoloni) (I)
Carlos Katastrofsky (A)
Rosana Ratkovcic & Fedor Kritovac (HR)
Dmitry Strakovsky (RUS, USA)