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Jasenko Rasol, from the Winter Gardens series, 2006

Jasenko Rasol, from the Winter Gardens series, 2006

*Winter Gardens (2006)

The gardens I photograph have emerged in the no-man’s land of the non-urban zones, in empty spaces that exist in the city, always next to large housing estates. For the gardens to crop up, you need a sizeable plot of land, absence of private ownership and the residents of the nearby buildings. This is the constellation that generates those suburban gardens I wonder at. I photograph the gardens in wintertime, off season, bereft of people. They do not serve their function then and this adds to their lack of definition, adds new meaning to them. Because of their transience, the gardens are the places where things are given a new function. The predominant processes are recycling, improvisation, formal disorder and offhand ecology. The gardens are contemplative playgrounds for the grown-ups, or places of refuge for the city dwellers who feel nostalgia for the rural lifestyle, or sanctuaries for the socially vulnerable. The gardens are a reflection of the need for context that transcends the fundamental function of the street. They are symbolic spots missing in the urban fabric of the city because they are beyond the pale of primary architecture. The gardens are places for superstructure; as city squares and parks have always been. Yet, the gardens are spaces with no future: the spaces are predestined to become shopping malls and other inevitable office and residential developments. The current state of formal neglect is probably more progressive than the transitional urban development plans in the offing. The gardens are the exact opposite of what they seem; if we compare them with what will be there in the future, they are elite places in a neutered city architecture.  Four years later, I wanted to photograph the gardens again. A good part of what I had photographed no longer existed. No surprises there. The city spreads and gobbles up the remaining meadows. The uncertainty from the text above is gone: the remaining gardens make it clear that their only constant visitors are the socially vulnerable.

Jasenko Rasol, born 1969 in Zagreb, works as independent cameraman and photographer 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.

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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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