post-socialism

  • 15.06.2018. - 14.07.2018.

    Mario Matoković, In Pursuit of Good Governance

    Curator: Klaudio Štefančić

    In addition to several other artists, Mario Matoković stands out amongst contemporary Croatian artists primarily due to his keenness to comment and criticize everyday politics through the language of art. Contrary to modernist heritage, which prefers sublimation and distance to topicality and engagement, Matković's reaction to his social surrounding is almost impulsive. Since he was born and lives in Osijek, the greatest portion of his work is dedicated to the events that transpire in his hometown and Slavonija, although all the problems that plague this region – the deindustrialization and counter-urbanization of Osijek, a fall in agricultural production, depopulation etc. – can also be identified in the Croatian society as a whole. Regardless of the nature of a social issue, Matoković addresses it through the conceptual framework of solidarity and community, thus indicating its disappearance or misinterpretation. Matoković's work also brings into focus a strained relationship between art, culture and state, which is not only idiosyncratic to Croatia, but to other Eastern European countries as well. Did art lose its social objective? What is its role in the globalization processes? Based on which criteria do we assess the value of artworks and institutions in a society whose cultural production is almost entirely dependent of state aid, etc.? The exhibition titled “In Pursuit of Good Governance” features six of Matoković’s works (created from 2011 to 2018) and, as such, is the first larger display of this artist’s work in the region of Zagreb.

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  • 28.02.2006. - 19.03.2006.

    Mario Mišković, "Still Life"

    Mario Mišković (1977) is also a member of the young generation of modern artists who has turnedfrom the (post)modernistic Croatian modern art – which was preoccupied with art form as the first andlast question of every artistic practice – by concentrating on the world of personal and social everydaylife, especially in the world of popular culture. His exhibit in the Galženica Gallery is pronouncedlyambient in which a series of photographs, differently presented in space, form a narrative structure, aspatial story which on the edges of completely private signs and meanings refers even to the modernpost-socialist Croatian society.

    Mario Mišković graduated from Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts where alongside the Department of Painting he attended the Department of Multimedia. Since 1998 he has been exhibiting in Croatia andabroad.

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