IN THREE CHAPTERS is a series of solo shows presenting a selection of works by Croatian artist Renata Poljak. It is the first large scale solo presentation of the works by Renata Poljak in Croatia.
8. 7. - 6. 8. 2011. No Title (Blu)
Novigrad-Cittanova | Galleria Rigo
17. 7. - 5. 8. 2011. Works 2000 - 2010
Pula | MMC Luka
* in the framework of CINEMANIAC X and 58 Pula film festival
opening July 17th at 8.30 PM
19. 7. - 1. 8. 2011. Staging Actors - Staging Beliefs
Small gallery Poreč
opening July 19th at 9PM
Curated by Branka Bencic
Employing symbols of identification, remembrance, popular culture and representational models, Renata Poljak speaks of Croatia, former Yugoslavia, herself, emotion, inspiration and the effect of blue as the metaphor of meaning, problems, connotation and the possibilities of belonging to a cultural context, subtly intervening into a social and political public sphere. A dialogue between private and public, individual and collective, past and present, subjectivity and reflection on social and political moment, occupy special position in works by Renata Poljak. In her pieces that are realized in diverse media, ranging from photography and video to installations, Renata Poljak researches, in a critical voice, personal and social comments, tackling the issues of possibility and impossibility of articulation, built up frustrations, anxieties, misunderstandings, tensions and breaks, through referential assemblies pointing at power dynamics and conflict of both political and personal nature, used by author to speak of belonging to a cultural context, identity, the decoding of illusions.
Artistic practice of Renata Poljak speaks from the peculiar cultural, ideological and social positions, and she encounters memory, attempting to render visibility of – and point at resistance to – newly formed social norms, everyday routines or traditional values.
Renata Poljak questions some of the problems of transitional society, its transformations, issues of social amnesia, disturbed values and lack of morality, state of generational uncertainty, portraying situations such as wild urbanism, illegal construction, tolerance of violence, raging of sports hooligans or else feelings of futility and impossibility of making decisions. These social sketches are detected though personal author's views, becoming a place where time and emotional, psychological, social and physical spaces intersect.
(from the catalogue essay: Decoding illusions. Cutting through emotional, social and physical spaces by Branka Bencic)
* a catalogue/publication is available with a conversation between the artist and the curator and relevant visual documentation with selection of major works