31.10.2007. - 18.11.2007.

Kristina Lenard, "Photosynthesis"

Kristina Lenard graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She was artist in residency at The Fine Art Academy in Krakow (Poland) and at The Valand Fine Art Academy in Goeteborg (Sweden). She received two scholarship: Kulturkontakt (Austria) and Mino (Japan). She received The Audience Award at The 9th Triennale of Croatian Sculpture 2006. She exhibited at numerous solo and group shows in Croatia, Slovenia, Japan, Austria, Germany and Sweden.


(...)The author takes painting and history of art traditions by the horns, including conventions and issues of motif elaboration and available technical possibilities of digital photography, as well as related software. In a way, photographs of portraits and flower still lifes, represent a decorum; these are photographs within a cathegory of an image magnetism of which lays in its surface, and arises from specific treatment of formal elements which, according to Barthes “constitute the meaning which curdles like milk”. In the course of the 20th century, genre art, revived by technology development, gained a creative impetus; owing to new modes of production, presentation and distribution of images in the frameworks of photographs and video, it has become a prominent art form of an entirely new expression and semantic context. (…)

Following research of relashionship between truth and falsehood, Kristina Lenard’s idea expressed in photographs in «Photosynthesis» emerges from the space between reality and fiction, illusion and actuality, Photoshop manipulated images. Like Virilio’s paradoxical logic of images appearing only where image prevails over object and time over space, and where the concept of reality is converted, a space emerges which is established by nature of camera - technological „apparatus“ and exploration of its boundaries and possibilities, as well as space granted by digital images and media technologies. Within dialectical relationship between reality and image, image has long prevailed and imposed its logic. Image does not engage with its reflection role or representative form, but with contaminating reality and reshaping it, with conforming to reality to distort it and subtly reshaping reality for its own benefit. (Branka Benčić)

(1) http://www.metelkova.org/rdece/2004/lenard.htm