EXHIBITION ARTISTS FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD
July 6 to 20, 2016
every day from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
BAZA, Adžijina street 11, Zagreb
participants: Božena Končić Badurina, Marko Gutić Mižimakov, Bojan Gagić, Bojan Mrđenović
The program Artists for Neighbourhood is a long-term program tied to the Zagreb neighbourhood of Trešnjevka. The first edition, from 2016 to 2018, is exploring the subject of housing in Trešnjevka. This is a neighbourhood where we can track various processes related to housing: historically, this has been a working class neighbourhood, one of lower quality due to its pre-World War II construction, a place where the working class movement sprung and contributed greatly to the Zagreb anti-fascist movement. After the World War II, as in many other parts of Zagreb, it tended towards socialist city, through projects of collective housing and the construction of infrastructure, such as the still existing neighbourhood cultural center CeKaTe. In the transitional period, Trešnjevka was largely characterised by illegal construction, the influence of private market on housing, acquisitions of dilapidated housing units and market placement of new buildings, whose parameters change the organisation of the neighbourhood to the core.The present state of Trešnjevka can serve as the grounds for research of the housing issue today: who, if anyone has access to a permanent solution to the issue of housing, and how do we build a community and the communal in such circumstances - these are only a few questions raised by this topic.
In the first year of the programme we looked at the subject of housing from different perspectives. We investigated the specific micro-locations of Trešnjevka: the Neighbourhood of Istrians and the Disabled, the newly built neighbourhood west of Selska road, as well as "our own" Adžijina street. Božena Končić Badurina, Marko Gutić Mižimakov, Bojan Gagić and Bojan Mrđenović have approached the subject of housing through different media and not always in typical formats. After the time-limited and site-specific performances these works receive their extension in the exhibition space of BAZA. This will present an opportunity for an insight into the research process behind each production.
curators: Ana Kutleša, Ivana Hanaček, Vesna Vuković
financial support: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City Office for Education, Culture and Sports Zagreb, "Kultura nova" foundation