• 05.05.2010. - 30.05.2010.

    Recycle The Future!

    Aleksandrija Ajduković, Paul Matosic, Tonka Maleković, Tanja Perišić

    When in a recent interview Umberto Eco was asked about the size of his private library, he said that he throws away most of the books he receives as a gift or those he doesn't need any more. However, for the post-war welfare state generation this behaviour of the noted Italian writer would have seemed quite outrageous. Up until recently, to treat items of high culture as nondurable goods meant that you were either totally economically irresponsible or that you obviously had utter contempt for humanist culture in general. Merging of economic and cultural capital – a practice that began in the second half of the 20th century – is still very productive, especially in the field of museum institutions and the associated idea of the original work of art, or the concept of master-piece.

    But it is clear that the flow of contemporary cultural capital is different today. Without analysing the reasons for this change, the present situation can be shortly explained in this way: the humanist culture – until recently being a privileged working field that served as a symbolic capital of a certain society – became yet another economic sector, next to tourism, entertainment industry and sport. In another words, there is more writing, reading and publishing today than ever before; more painting, performing and exhibitions; more music and theatre performances. When this is supplemented by further so called primary sector production growth, it isn’t hard to conclude that that the majority of our everyday activities are aimed at managing abundance of goods.
    Ecological aspect of that management is the subject of the joint work by Paul Matosic and Tonka Maleković. Similar to their previous art practice, they work with discarded materials and items. This time Matošić and Maleković are using obsolete and disposed computer equipment. The artists will treat the distribution seting up of the objects in the gallery space as a site-specific installation. In a direct physical/tactile contact with a large amount of waste, the public is invited to comprehend the ratio of contemporary production of goods.

    Aleksandrija Ajduković, on the other hand, is interested in commodity market. Citizens of the Republic of Serbia – or, more precisely, Chinese immigrants on the one hand, and the domicile population on the other – were asked to advertise a nonexistent Chinese detergent in a specific commercial manner. By juxtaposing national stereotypes and advertising strategies the artist points to the ridiculous aspect of the global market. Tanja Perišić’s photo montages deal with the problem of the future social development based on unlimited production and consumption of topics. Nowadays the awareness of unsustainability of this kind social development is manifested in different ways: from the economical - or political - critique of neoliberal capitalism, through discovery of new, green sources of energy, to alternative ways of living . It seems to us that this very atmosphere of the immanent end of one phase of social development, i.e. one civilization focused on appropriation of human labour and nature, is best presented in the dystopian landscapes of Tanja Perišić. (K.Štefančić)

    Artists’ talk – which we hereby kindly invite you to attend – will be held at the gallery on the day of the exhibition, May 5, starting at 6 pm. The talk will be recorded and shorlty available in audio form at

    Aleksandrija Ajduković was born in Osijek in 1975. She graduated from the Braća Karić Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Photography. She is currently attending a post-graduate interdisciplinary study at the University of Fine Arts in Belgrade. She has received the Photography Award at the 2004 October Salon in Belgrade and the 2005 Young Talents Henkel Award.  <> 

    Tonka Maleković was born in Zagreb. In 2006 she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Since 2003 she has been exhibiting at solo and group shows in Croatia and abroad. She has received several artist scholarships and residencies, as well as the 2007 ESSL Award and the 2009 Zagreb Salon Award. This year she has been elected as finalist of the Radoslav Putar Award. She lives and works in Zagreb. <>

    Paul Matosic has been present on the art scene of the United Kingdom, continental Europe and North America over three decades. He has been active in many artistic fields (performance, film, sculpture, site-specific installations, curating, etc), and was a lecturer at many art academies for a number of years. He received five art awards for his work. <>
    Tanja Perišić graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2006. She is currently attending a post-graduate study at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. She has received a number of awards for her work and attended several artist residencies in Austria, Belgium, Germany. She mostly exhibited in Croatia, Hungary, Italy and the Netherlands. Her work has mainly been focused on the correlation between technology, the body and its surrounding space.

    Curators: Sanja Horvatinčić, Nina Pisk, Klaudio Štefančić