5 - 28 March 2019
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Exhibition opening: Tuesday, March 3, 2019 at 7 p.m.
BAZA, B. Adžije 11, Zagreb
Exhibition SISAK 2000 commences with the private collection of video recordings of Crtalić that were created between 1999 and 2001 and focuses on the recordings of Sisak and its rural surroundings, all through the prism of the artist's family.
Although the recordings have been created as a part of a wider process, a durational performance, so they are characterised by the aesthetics of a “home video” recording, from today's distance they hold an entirely different value. Foremost, documentary value with regard to the distinctiveness of the moment in which they emerged - the turn of the millennium. In the local context, on one side, it is a period of strong liberalisation and opening to European integration processes and on the other, it is the ending of the so-called transition and with it the “transformation and privatisation” process, respectively the final restitution of capitalism [...]
19 November 2018 – 15 January 2019
KRSTO HEGEDUŠIĆ GALLERY, MATIJE GUPCA 2, PETRINJA
February next year marks the ninetieth anniversary of the founding of the Artists Association Zemlja (Earth), a socially engaged group of painters, sculptors and architects. Despite the fact that almost a century has passed since their time, their collective work and their attempts to answer the question of what is the art of the Left, art created collectively and intended for the collective, their questions remain relevant to our times. We do not wish to recreate a historical example in a contemporary situation as if it were a recipe, in fact our goal is to historize the art practice of Zemlja. In order to do so, we inspect the broader socio-political context of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the inter-war period: the period of economic crisis and capitalism’s intense outspread, the prohibition of labour organization and progressive political action under the dictatorship of the Karađorđević dynasty, and the time of impending fascism. The period is ‘staged’ in gallery space through an abundance of archival materials and interpretations of the neuralgic issues of the then Yugoslav society – the questions of peasantry and nation – that are unambiguously reflected in the art of the Artists Association Zemlja [...]
Do you want to address social issues through art? Does experience tell you that the idea of ‘the world of art’ as a separate sphere independent from society is mere rhetoric? Would you like to learn more about the concept of the autonomy of art, artistic genius and talent? Are you an artist, but you’re forced to work outside the sphere of art in order to survive? Does capitalism have you working your fingers to the bone and you want to see whether there’s an alternative? Do you want to find out what class really means and why we need class theory in order to understand the society in which we live? Are you interested in the history of socialism as an ideology and the history of the labour movement as a political force? Do you want to find out more about actually existing socialisms, beyond the mantra of ‘socialism is a utopia’? Do you consider the woman question inseparable from theoretical and practical reflections on radical social and economic changes? Do you want to learn more about the history of feminism within the framework of the international socialist and workers’ movement? Do you recognise the power of trade unions, but can’t make sense of the workers’ struggle and organization in modern terms? Are you fed up with the way right-wingers and capitalism’s proponents speak over you [...]
Božidara Adžije 11, Zagreb
We are happy to announce that we've made an on-line database of all the books and publications from our library, and thereby officially opened the READING ROOM OF THE BASE.
The library comprises books from the fields of socially engaged art, architecture and urban studies, political theory, feminism, history of socialism and others that imbue our activity, as well as our own publications. In the context in which libraries and public institutions were systematically purged of books of objectionable ideological content, it is important to stress that a significant part of our collection includes 'rejected' books [...]
► Dr. sc. Ida Loher (Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb)
► Dr. sc. Remzija Hadžiefendić Parić (Islamic Secondary School Dr. Ahmed Smajlović, Zagreb)
► Nina Bačun (educator and designer, member of the collective Oaza)
► Amr Kadriju, pupil (Islamic Secondary School Dr. Ahmed Smajlović, Zagreb)
► Mihana Hasak, pupil (Islamic Secondary School Dr. Ahmed Smajlović, Zagreb)
Moderator: Ivana Hanaček, curator and project coordinator