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P74 Gallery

Boris Cvjetanović, Goran Trbuljak: Scenes without Significance and other

7 April 2016 – 6 May 2016
P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition “Scenes without Significance and other” by Boris Cvjetanović and Goran Trbuljak on Thursday, 7 April 2016 at 19.00 at the P74 Gallery in Ljubljana.

Boris Cvjetanović, Scenes without Significance
Boris Cvjetanović, Scenes without Significance

 

The exhibition Scenes without Significance and other represents one of the highlights of this year’s exhibition program at P74 Gallery. It is the first joint presentation of two exceptional, influential and internationally recognized visual artists, photographer Boris Cvjetanović and conceptual artist Goran Trubuljak.

Boris Cvjetanović is one of the most interesting and most visible contemporary Croatian photographers. In the early 1980s he created pictures of political graffiti, continued with a series of images of people from hospitals, psychiatric wards, prisons. He showed the underground world of homeless people and with remarkable reverberation documented the Labin miner’s strike and the life of a local character at Mesnička street No. 6.

His work is about concrete, realistic scenes without drama and voyeurism; the protagonists often look in the camera and are aware that they are being photographed. In these series Boris Cvjetanović shows an extraordinary respect toward the photographed subjects. In the later series he focuses on recording the scenes of the every day, of the unimportant fragments, overlooked objects and details of daily life. The specific atmosphere of the uneventful directly includes us in the (depicted) shot.

Active on the arts scene since the end of the 1960s, Goran Trbuljak played a decisive role in the development of early conceptual art in Croatia. As a pioneer of conceptual art in the region, rather than focusing on the art work he focused on a critical analysis of the conditions of creating an art work. Thus in his opus we consistently follow the investigation of authorship, anonymity, the artistic context, the role of institutions. On his first solo exhibition at Student Center Gallery in Zagreb in 1971 he exhibited a sheet of paper with the words: “I do not wish to show anything new or original.” He also marked the forty-year anniversary of his first solo exhibition with extreme minimalism: in the same space he hung a poster with the text: “Old, bald and still untalented.” Already in his earliest actions are intertwined cheerfulness and provocation, audacity and humor. Trbuljak creates media installations, drawings, collages, video, photography and artist’s books. His work as a professional cinematographer is also very successful and frequently awarded.

 

Goran-Trbuljak, Sketches for Sculpture
Goran Trbuljak, Sketches for Sculpture

 

Boris Cvjetanović (1953) finished the high school for applied arts and in 1976 graduated from the art department of the Pedagogical Academy in Zagreb. Between 1976 and 1984 he worked as a sculpture restorer in the Croatian Conservation Institute. Since 1984 he has been a professional photographer. Since 2007 he teaches photography at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb. He has prepared numerous solo exhibitions and collaborated on many group ones at home, throughout Europe as well as in the U.S. and Australia. He represented Croatia on the 50th Venice Biennale of contemporary arts in 2003.

Goran Trbuljak (1948) finished high school for applied arts in the photography department and in 1972 graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb. Between 1973 and 1974 he studied painting at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He is a full-time professor at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. Since the end of the 1960s he has been active as a conceptual artist and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions world wide. In 1995 he represented Croatia in the 47th Venice Biennale of contemporary arts.

The programme of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and by the Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture.