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Exhibition called «From Statue to Confession» by Dr. Sc. Ivo Šimat Banov is taking place in Klovićevi Dvori Gallery from September 29 to November 30. Thematic determinant of the exhibition is autobiographical; therefore the emphasis is on self-portrait as autobiography or autobiography as self-portrait.
Exhibited sculptures include traditional works (Ivan Meštrović, Vanja Radauš, Valerije Michielie and less known works by Kosta Angeli Radovani, Dušan Džamonja, Ivo Friščić, Ljubo Ivančić) and multimedia works ((Ksenija Turčić, Vlasta Žanić, Mejra Mujičić, Sonja Vuk, Sandra Sterla, Alemka Đivoje, Ivana Resić Šore).
There are two guidelines: self-portrait in traditional, canonical genre and self-portrait with terminology borrowed from postmodernist vocabulary.
Works by Ivan Fijolić (Skirmish, Hopscotch, 12 self-portraits) and Alem Korkut (Hommage à Rodin) we lent to Klovićevi Dvori Gallery for the purposes of this exhibition fall into the second category of self-portraits which finds its expression in detachment from narrative form and figuration in terms of recording precise physiognomy. As a genre, self-portrait is seen in a wider sense, not only as a person who is presenting their reflection in the mirror, but, in Lacan’s terms, person who also recognizes it as their own. All that a person carries with themselves, all personal states and moods, positive or negative, all that makes a person and their character. A description which we can point to and recognize ourselves in it without a fake Barnum Effect.
List of works lent:
Ivan Fijolić: Skirmish, 2002/'03, two sculptures, painted polyester, 180x11'x100 cm each
Ivan Fijolić: Hopscotch, , 2009, carved and polished granite, 6.00cm x 82.00cm x 250.00cm
Ivan Fijolić: Twelve Self-portraits, 2002, porcelain and plants, 12 parts, 22,5 x 12,5 x 12 cm each
Alem Korkut: From the Ego-Trip Series, Hommage à Rodin (The man with a Broken Nose), 2003/04, video loop and bronze, dimensions variable (3 sculptures, 25 x 17 x 19 cm each)