darije petković

DARIJE PETKOVIĆ (Croatia)

Darije Petković, from the Occupation in 26 Pictures series, 2008

Darije Petković, from the Occupation in 26 Pictures series, 2008

*Occupation in 26 Pictures (2008)

In Lordan Zafranović’s film Occupation in 26 Pictures the multi-national city of Dubrovnik is being ethnically cleansed during WWII by Nazi and Croatian (Ustasha) armies. The idyllic city becomes a place of terror and gruesome massacres where former friends take different sides in a global conflict. In his same-titled series Darije Petković is questioning and reflecting on the processes of disintegration of the domestic economy. It shows monumental images of present day Croatia as a representation of Zeitgeist. He closely examines, selects and documents crucial symbols of national identity, cultural heritage and economic power, and merges them into a consistent narrative. He shows facades of office buildings belonging to domestic or multi-national corporations with their aggressive advertising. As with any economic occupation is also utterly unpleasant that the social, economic and cultural production of the domestic economy simultaneously ceases to develop because there is no interest in investment. Petković is deliberately explicit in his visual research of economic changes by showing the most obvious examples of financial takeover and malversation. Sharpness and directness make Petković an extremely sensitive observer who discovers these fine details in the images he captures. In his photography, he draws most important effects from light and texture, often from very long exposures that give his images a special softness.

Darije Petković, born 1974 in Zagreb, is a photographer, assistant professor in the Cinematography Department at the Academy of Dramatic Arts and artist. He lives and works in Zagreb.

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AFTERMATH. Changing Cultural Landscape – Sarajevo

AFTERMATH. Changing Cultural Landscape
Tendencies of engaged post-Yugoslav contemporary photography

12-26 May 2014

City Gallery Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo
(Terezije bb, Centar Skenderija)

After the initial presentation in Ljubljana followed by five shows across the region (Pordenone, Zagreb, Beograd, Cetinje, Bratislava) Aftermath. Changing Cultural Landscape project will be shown in Sarajevo. The exhibition brings together the principal protagonists from the field of engaged contemporary photography active in the territory of the former Yugoslavia following its disintegration (1991–2011).

*The exhibition is dedicated to recently deceased Milena Zarić Maksimović. R.I.P.

Nenad Malešević, Age of Renewal, 2009-2011

Nenad Malešević, 13 January 2006, from the Age of Renewal series, 2006-2011

Domagoj Blažević • Boris Cvjetanović • Qëndrëse Deda • Andrej Đerković • Tomaž Gregorič • Majlinda Hoxha • Astrit Ismaili • Robert Jankuloski • Genc Kadriu • Amer Kapetanović • Silvestar Kolbas • Srđan Kovačević • Borut Krajnc • Nenad Malešević • Goran Micevski • Duško Miljanić • Bojan Mrđenović • Paula Muhr • Oliver Musovik • Vigan Nimani • Ana Opalić • Lazar Pejović • Darije Petković • Ivan Petrović • Marija Mojca Pungerčar • Vojo Radonjić • Jasenko Rasol • Bojan Salaj • Tarik Samarah • Mirjana Stojadinović • Viktor Šekularac • Dejan Vekić • Sandra Vitaljić • Borko Vukosav • Milena Zarić • Ivan Zupanc • Antonio Živkovič

The Aftermath. Changing Cultural Landscape international project is the first regional research and curatorial platform established in order to identify and articulate principal tendencies within the field of contemporary photography in relation to its immediate environment. With the participation of partner organisations from throughout the former Yugoslavia, the project represents an extensive investigation of the effect of large-scale social shifts on the image of the physical and mental environment, and thereby, also on the expression of a number of artists who work in the field of fine art photography.

Aftermath represents a metaphor for the consequences of turbulent events and their mark on the physical environment and on social everyday life. Through their creative efforts, the participating artists address various effects of transition processes that unconditionally and brutally changed the life of the individual, be it the bloody wars in the 1990s and their indirect and direct consequences, radical economic changes that had a significant impact on the general climate, or directly related new social values.

Due to its temporal span, Aftermath provides an interesting confrontation of artistic reflections and expressions of various generations that either experienced the period before the disintegration of the common state or originate from a completely new social context. A 20-year period is short enough to preserve historical memory; thus, with most artists, the new situation is always somewhat juxtaposed with the memory of the recent past. The main starting point of the exhibited works is therefore the relation between the old and the new, the recording of the gradual changes within an individual place and time and the effect of ideologies on the broader social and physical environment.

Aftermath is collaborative project of seven partner organisations from former Yugoslav states (Beograd, Cetinje, Ljubljana, Priština, Sarajevo, Skopje, Zagreb); it is supported by European Cultural Foundation (BIFC), local authorities and Commune di Pordenone.

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Partners:
Photon (Ljubljana) / Remont (Belgrade) / Film & Film (Pula) / Collegium Artisticum (Sarajevo) / Stacion (Prishtine) / Narodni muzej Crne Gore (Cetinje) / Contemporary Croatian Photography (Zagreb)

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