Open studios

In the framework of the “Voids2020” project, several spaces in the center of Split have become open studios for eight local and regional artists. These spaces, which are closed during the winter, are usually open just for the season as souvenir shops. Invited resident artists exchanged during the three weeks of the project and during their stay opened the doors of their temporary studios to the local community who are invited to actively participate in artist talks, performances and / or workshops, or just to visit the studios and get introduced to their work and contemporary art production of the region. Therefore, the studios were open daily from 10 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm.

 


The result of artistic residency within the space was not previously defined. The artists were free to focus on the process itself and thus not only on the spatial but also on the temporal aspect of the void. Artists were able to propose short-term or long-term interventions or communication with the audience. In addition, for some of them the residency was only a part of the process of producing current or future work or just the beginning of a new artistic research.

 

 


ARTISTS


ANTONIO GRGIĆ

16. 2. – 21. 2. /// Dioklecijanova 2

Antonio Grgić graduated in architecture from the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb and is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the Institute for Architectural Theory, Art History and Cultural Studies in Graz. The topic of his doctoral thesis are monuments. In his architectural and artistic work, urban space is used as a fundamental medium. His main interests are spatial installations and interventions that promote the overlap of political, ideological, anthropological and psychological phenomena in the urban environment.

First national and international affirmation he has achieved in 1999. with the project Bunkers, during which he anonymously decorated the bunkers built before World War II with wallpapers. These actions took place during the night on national holidays of all the countries where bunkers were silent witnesses: the Yugoslav Monarchy (1918-1941), the Independent State of Croatia (1941-1945), Socialist Yugoslavia and the present Republic of Croatia.

In the next multi-year project “Shadows”, the author, through a series of performances in the countries of the former East Bloc, outlines the demolished monuments at the place where they stood before their removal. Throughout the performance, the repressed memory of violently removed symbolic content from a public space is ritually invoked. What remains after the performance is a material footprint on the sidewalk in the form of a drawn shadow, that is a monument in itself, a monument to a collapsed monument. This drawing of the shadow of a collapsed sidewalk on the sidewalk, over time, is slowly disappearing, giving the possibility of forgiveness with symbolic content that has been violently removed. So far, “Shadows” have been drawn in many Croatian cities and abroad, in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc; from the Baltic to the Adriatic Sea.

He has exhibited in numerous national and international solo and group exhibitions.


MIA KEVO

16. 2. – 20. 2. /// Zadarska 14

Mia Kevo works in the field of contemporary dance and physical theater, with an active interest and work in the field of inclusive dance. For the last three years, she has been a member of the Inclusive Movement Research Collective-IMRC / Divert Dance Collective founded in 2012 as part of the Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance in Zagreb. As part of the collective, she performed in the projects of several choreographers and artistic associates of the collective: the intermedia project “How Ready Are We …?” “- a work which was awarded at the 25th PUF International Theater Festival in Pula in 2019 with the “Wind” Award for research achievements and innovative approaches. As part of the collective, she performs at the Dance Week Festival, Festival of the Inclusive Scene in Rijeka, Antiseason 19 – Dance in Gorgona at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, at the independent Lazareti Art Workshop in Dubrovnik, and in Skopje as part of a project by the Media Diversity Institute.

In 2017, in the framework of the platform for the authors of PAP’s Bodies under Žak Valenta’s Performing Arts Program, she presents his first work, “Prima Materia,” which she also performed at the Periscope Festival of Contemporary Dance and the New Circus in Rijeka, under the New Horizons program line. In 2018, she is a participant in the 10th Curatorial Platform Program at KNAP, where she develops and performs a dance performance, “Drown (me),” in which she deconstructs a torn and neglected space to explore whether a moving body is a “utopian body”? and can a moving body create a “utopian space”? She is a performer in the new site-specific project “jogging godard, removie” of the Transition-Fiction Theater Trafik, and in her new work “Second Skin, Third Women, by Gordana Svetopetric (Dance group Magic) and Iva Nerina Sibile (IMRC / Divert).

She is a regular member of UPUH, the Association of Dance Artists of Croatia and one of the founders of the Collaborative Performing Platform-KIP founded in 2019 with the aim to recognize and promote contemporary dance and performing arts in Split. She collaborates with Tiramola Dance Association in organizing a Performing Collage, a short-form evening of local performance authors.


IVANA MIRCHEVSKA

21. 2. – 29. 2. /// Zadarska 14

Ivana Mirchevska (Skopje, 1992) is a visual artist, moving-image maker and theory enthusiast who works and lives between Skopje and Milan. Ivana has graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje, North Macedonia and completed her MFA at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Italy. Her research is focused on documentary image, the artistic screen and representation in contemporary moving image practice. Through deployment of the audio-visual format of the film-essay, which allows to combine both fiction and theory, she explores the performative role images have in the representation of reality.

Ivana has participated in ENGAGE- Public School for Social Engagement in Artistic Research, curated by Viafarini, in Milan, Italy; Fuori Visioni 3- Festival dell’arte contemporanea, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Piacenza, Italy (2017); the Multimedia Festival “Underground is easier to breathe III”, Skopje, North Macedonia, as well as Biennial of Young Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, North Macedonia (2018). Her video-essay SHE has been published at PHROOM (Milan based international research platform for contemporary photography and video art) and exhibited at the Utopic Method, International exhibition for Video-narration in Granada, Spain (2019). Ivana also works as a curator of the festival “Underground is easier to breathe”, an intercrossing platform for interdisciplinary artistic approaches and critical practices deeply affected by the aesthetical, political and ecological pollution in the context of Skopje.


LANA STOJIĆEVIĆ

22. 2. – 29. 2. /// Dioklecijanova 2

Lana Stojićević graduated from the Art Academy of the University of Split in 2012 and received her Master’s degree in painting. From 2015 to 2018 she was an assistant professor, associate at the Academy’s Painting Department. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. Artistic research projects (choice): When Factory Stacks Emit No Smoke (2018, 2019), Any Place in Any Town (2019); Facade (2018), Sunny Side (2018), Ex/tens(construct)ion (2017), Structures of Concealment (2017), Parcel (2016), Vila Roza Project (2016), Black Hill (2015) and Duel (2012). She has received numerous awards for her work, among others: the Metro Imaging Mentoring Award at the New East Photo Prize exhibition (Calvert 22 Foundation, London, 2016), the annual award of the Croatian Association of Artists for the young artist in 2015 , second prize at the exhibition Young Contemporary Photography: Different Worlds (Photon Gallery, Ljubljana, 2015), Erste Grand Prix at the exhibition Erste Fragments (2015), Rector’s Prize (2012). She was a finalist of the 2015 Radoslav Putar Award. She is a member of the Croatian Association of Independent Artists. She lives and works in Split.


LEDIA KOSTANDINI

23. 2. – 29. 2. /// Mihaljevićeva 1

Ledia Kostandini (b, 1983) in Pogradec. She is an Albanian artist based in Tirana. A graduate of the University of Arts, Tirana, her practice spans diverse media, including photography, painting, installation, public interventions, and illustration. Her work has been exhibited internationally and locally. Her solo shows include Çentro Estetike, Miza Galeri, Tirana, 2014, Blockwork, Tulla Culture Center, Tirana, 2016,  Let Us Meet in Between  Bazament Art Space, Tirana, 2018 and I Look at Them They Look Back at Me, Private Print Studio, Skopje, North Macedonia, 2019. 

She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including My Space, Galeria Zeta, Tirana/Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, 2008; Feedback 1989­, Hotel Dajti, Tirana, 2009; Jeune creation, Centquatre, Paris, 2009; Onufri, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, 2010; Rewind Play Forward, Akademie Graz, Graz, 2011; 100 km Art, Tirana Art Lab, Tirana, 2013; This Is Not a Palm Tree, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin, 2015; the Mediterranea Biennial, Tirana, 2017;  Habitat Happy, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin, 2018;. She was awarded the first prize in the See Visions photography competition as well as the Ardhje Award; in 2012, she participated in the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. In 2017, she published Zing City as part of the interactive space of the exhibition Le Corbusier et Léger. Visions polychromes, Centre Pompidou, Metz.  


ANDREA RESNER

1. 3. – 7. 3. /// Bosanska 4

Andrea Resner was born in Split. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2012 and the Art Academy in Split in 2019 (Film and Video).

Through a multimedia approach, she addresses the narratives of dreams, trauma and women, with an emphasis on poetics and aesthetics as the main means of the expression. She works in the field of drawing, painting, spatial installation, photography, film and video, costume design, street art and poetry. Andrea is also the author of our video teasers.

 

 


DRITON SELMANI 

2. 3. – 4. 3. /// Mihaljevićeva 1

Driton Selmani (b. 1987) lives and works in Prishtina and Doganaj. Selmani approaches the idea of perceived reality by deconstructing formations of social, political and cultural topics that have been embodied around him. At a young age, he was told to worship a country that no longer existed, which caused him to form a basis of skepticism towards any supposedly given reality. He later used this as a beneficial tool to reconstruct his beliefs into visual artifacts. In 1999, old simulacra have been replaced by new simulacra; the ornaments of a previous space have been refurbished in order to unfold with new meanings but also new uncertainties. Selmani confronts himself as a spectator of this “on-going event”, and positions himself as an actor, enacting his performances based on his personal histories, beliefs and doubts. He has exhibited at solo and group exhibitions in Stacion Center For Contemporary Art Pristina, Ludwig Múzeum in Budapest, Kunstraum Niederosterreich Vienna, Casa São Paulo, Mediterranea Biennial 16 Ancona, U10 Belgrade, 5th Marrakesh Biennial, Amsterdam Light Festival, Fabbrica del Vapore Milan, Bregenz Biennale, Exchiesetta Polignano a Mare, National Art Gallery Tirana, Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, Eugster || Belgrade, Norrköping Light Festival, La Maison des Arts Brussels, MMSU Rijeka, Škuc Gallery among others…

Photo: Blerim Racaj


SELMA SELMAN

2. 3. – 6. 3. /// Zadarska 14

Selma Selman (b.1991) comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is of Romani origin. Her work embodies the struggles of her own life as well as her community, employing a plethora of media such as performance, painting, photography and video installations. She was a fellow for the Roma Graduate Preparation Program at the Central European University in Budapest. That year, Selman was the recipient of the prestigious “Zvono Award”, given to the best young artist in Bosnia and Herzegovina, winning a residency in New York City. Selman participated in Tania Bruguera’s International Summer Academy in Salzburg, “Arte Util” in 2013. In 2017 Selman was awarded as the best Young European Artist “Trieste

Contemporanea Award”, Trieste (ITA). In 2018 she was nominated for Forbes 30 under 30, Art and Style. In 2019 she was The winner of the White Aphroid Award for outstanding artistic achievement. Her works were shown internationally, “Hero Mother” in Kunstquartier Bethanie, Berlin (2016), solo shows “You Have No Idea”, agnès b. Galerie Boutique, New York (2017), 2018 ‘’I Will buy my freedom when”, Studio Tommaseo, Trieste (ITA). In 2019 she was part of the 58th Venice Biennale. Selma is a founder of the organization ”Get The Heck To School” whose aim is to empowering Roma girls all around the world who faced the ostracization from the society and poverty. Lives and works in Europe and the USA.

 

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