ZERO POINT OF MEANING
NON-FUNCTIONAL, NON-REPRESENTATIONAL, ELEMENTARY, EXPERIMENTAL AND CONCEPTUAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN CROATIA
“The exhibition Zero Point of Meaning. Non-functional, Non-representational, Elementary, Experimental and Conceptual Photography in Croatia seeks to explore the very nature of art through photography as an experimental and research medium. Artists who have reached for a camera at a particular point in their artistic career (or instructed others to shoot something particular, or simply took over – appropriated – other people’s photographs) were not interested in the technical capacities of the medium or even the quality of their shots; instead, they considered photography as a sort of coordinate that functioned like an echo of some event or absent artwork, like a channel communicating the conceptualization or realization of a particular artistic idea. All this testifies of important changes in the way photography was understood and interpreted as art, especially changes in its modes of action, the expansion of its field of interest, and the way it communicated artistic subjects, all of which was influenced by the political and social circumstances from the 60s onwards.”
(From the text by Sandra Križić Roban)
“The exhibition presents a broad range of photographic expressions: ontological explorations that seek to discover the essence of photography, approaches that cultivate an analytical relationship with the medium and practices that result from a wish to name its object of perception (noema), artworks that emphasize the tautological nature of photography, transformations from two-dimensional plains into sculptural bodies – an object or even a book – radical attacks on photographic canons, and the non-photographed, elementary photography that results from direct interventions on photo-paper. (...)
Owing to the multilayered character of the exhibited artworks, we sought to liberate the artist-visitor communication from all mediation and additional interpretations, making it as direct as possible. The first-person voice of the artists, interviews, and detailed explanations of individual approaches should facilitate the understanding of certain terms that originate in theoretical discourse, as well as experiences gained through research, among which we should mention generative, processual, non-representational, performative, and even inadequate photography.”
(From the text by Ivana Hanaček and Irena Gessner)
FRIDAY, 17 JUNE 2011, 6:00 P.M.
Then the work takes place.
Notes on the conceptual and the documentary in contemporary photography
Author: Reinhard Braun (Camera Austria)
Reinhard Braun is a writer and curator living in Graz (Austria). He is author of numerous publications and lectures, as well as lecturer in the field of contemporary art and photography. From 2007–2010, he was curator for visual arts at Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz. Since 2011, he has been the editor of the Camera Austria International journal and the exhibition director of Camera Austria, Graz.
SATURDAY, 18 JUNE 2011, 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Energy of the Circle
Moderator: Zlata Medak (Croatian Photographic Union)
Location: Art pavilion (front court)
TUESDAY – THURSDAY, 28–30 JUNE 2011
The Photographer’s Body: Body – Tool
Author and moderator: Marko Ercegović
What is it that influences photography in the making?
If a photographer carries a camera in his hands, his body can be understood as a tool of photography. The result largely depends on the direction in which he is moving while carrying the camera. An important element is his height, as well as the moment in which he turns his head or the road he has taken while photographing. How fast is he walking? Does he stop and wait on his way? Has he looked down or up at a decisive moment? Squatted down or straightened his back? Has he got up after sitting down? Has he taken this or that way? And when he came across a scene, did it matter whether he was bent, stooping, or stretched on his toes to see things better? Or was it all that at the same time? At this workshop we are looking for answers about the ways in which the photographer influences his work with his body and its movements.
Participation should be registered with Croatian Photographic Union by Friday, 24 June 2011 at the latest by telephone 01 4848 793 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (Predrag Bosnar, secretary of the Union). On the first day, the participants will gather at 5:00 p.m. in the exhibition halls of the Art Pavilion. This free three-day workshop includes a lecture by the author, individual photographing by the participants, and a discussion group, as well as the presentation of results. The workshop is intended for age 20+ and the number of participants is limited to 10. All participants must bring their own cameras (analogue or digital).
SATURDAY, 2 JULY 2011, 11:00 A.M.
Meeting the Artist
This meeting with an artist is conceived as a public talk with Sandro Đukić and a tour around the exhibition, focusing on the problem of photography as a medium, which is the main field of interest of this multimedia artist.
Sandro Đukić graduated painting from the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb in 1989, in the class of Đuro Seder. He also attended classes by Nam June Paik and Nan Hoover (1989–1993) and the master class of Nan Hoover (1993–1994) at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf. His artistic residencies include New York in 1990 (Reise Stipendium Kunstakademie Dusseldorf and Goethe-Institut), Reykjavik (1992, DAAD, Islandic Colledge of Art, Workshop), and Plasy (1994, Hermit Foundation, International InterdisciplinarySsymposium Transparent Messenger). His artworks are included in the following collections: Museum am Joanneum, Graz; Marino Cettina Gallery, Umag; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka.
TUESDAYS: 21 AND 28 JUNE, 5 AND 12 JULY, AT 6:00 P.M.
The one-hour guided tour with the curators is free for all visitors at the times listed above (registration is not needed, except for larger groups).
The exhibition is a result of research by the curators, in close cooperation with the following artists: Boris Cvjetanović, Petar Dabac, Sandro Đukić, Igor Eškinja, Ivan Faktor, Tomislav Gotovac, Boris Greiner, Vlatka Horvat, Željko Jerman, David Maljković, Antun Maračić, Enes Midžić, Marijan Molnar, Ivan Posavec, Davor Sanvincenti, Edita Schubert, Mladen Stilinović, Slaven Tolj, Goran Trbuljak, Josip Vaništa, Mirjana Vodopija, and Fedor Vučemilović.
The visitors will have the opportunity to see various documentary films and videos (as well as use the library), such as the documentary series on Photography in Croatia (made in coproduction of the Croatian Television) on the following artists: Boris Cvjetanović, Petar Dabac, Željko Jerman, Antun Maračić, Ivan Posavec, Goran Trbuljak, and Fedor Vučemilović. We would like to thank Anamarija Ganza Habjan for helping us to acquire these documentaries. Total duration: 68:44 min.
In addition to this, visitors will have the opportunity to see part of the film about Edita Schubert prepared by Leonida Kovač and Ana Opalić.
Instead of a catalogue, the exhibition of Croatian Photographic Union 2011 will be accompanied by a thematic issue of Život umjetnosti (89/2011), a bilingual journal for contemporary visual arts published by the Insitute for Art History Zagreb. The issue will be entirely dedicated to the exhibition and will contain interviews with authors/artists whose work has been presented here, as well as theoretical and critical texts written by the curators and a number of guest contributors.
ORGANISER: Croatian Photographic Union (Predrag Bosnar, secretary)
CURATORS: Sandra Križić Roban, Ivana Hanaček, Irena Gessner
ARCHITECTURAL EXHIBITION DESIGN: Ana Dana Beroš, Judita Ljutić, Damir Ljutić (Dva plus – studio for architecture and visual communication)
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Tina Müller (bilic_muller studio)
TECHNICIAN: Damir Martinec
TRANSLATOR: Marina Miladinov
PROOFREADING: Mirko Peti
PHOTOGRAPHER: Paolo Mofardin
EXHIBITION SUPPORTED BY:
Croatian Ministry of Culture
Municipal Department for Education,Culture, and Sports, City of Zagreb
Croatian Association for Technical Culture
Exhibition will be open until 17th July 2011.
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Saturday (11:00 – 19:00), Sunday (10:00 – 13:00); closed on Mondays and public holidays (22nd, 23rd and 25th June).