CINEMANIAC X - 10 years / exhibiting artist film and video

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CINEMANIAC X - 10 years / exhibiting artist film and video
Curated by: Branka Bencic

Istarska 30
July 17th, 2011 - August 5th, 2011
Opening: July 17th, 2011 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

10 - 19
photography, mixed-media, digital, installation, video-art

Group exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of the Cinemaniac project
solo exhibitions
Jagoda Kaloper: A Woman in a Mirror
Renata Poljak: Works 2000 – 2010
concept and curated by: Branka Benčić
The Cinemaniac exhibition resulted from the need to present
innovations from the world of art and cinema, works of art that come
to life at the crossroads of these media. From its very beginnings the
exhibition has represented an active context of research where art works
are presented, where social, cultural, technological, media-related and
aesthetic aspects integrate, where art, artists, institutions and spectators
meet and cooperate, raising questions about the relationship of film
and visual arts. It is a place where recent Croatian and international
productions of films, artistic videos, experimental films, alternative
films and multimedia installations are presented, where alternative film
heritage is revealed and articulated and where new artists and valuable
works are presented.
The 10th edition – Cinemaniac X is envisaged as a dynamic small format
retrospective which gathers some of the peaks of the constant ten-
year work in the field of presentation of contemporary audiovisual
artistic production, contextualization and establishment of the process
of curating moving images in the context of a gallery – works by J. T.
Anderson, Rä di Martino, Tim Etchells, Ivan Faktor, different forms of
documentation – photodocumentation of exhibits by Dalibor Martinis,
 photographs and installation views,
press clips, catalogues, invitations and posters published and presented
in Pula in the past ten years. Although closely communicating with the
character of a retrospective, the exhibition does not pay homage to
itself. It is an auto-reflexive gesture and it is dedicated to film – through
a selection of works formed around film references and quotes, film as
part of popular culture.
Alongside Cinemaniac X, the independent exhibitions section will
present the work of Jagoda Kaloper and Renata Poljak, artists of different
generations tackling the topics of the constitution of a female subject
and the questions of identity. A Woman in a Mirror by Jagoda Kaloper is
an autobiographical film collage in which the author combines excerpts
from the films she appeared in the sixties and the seventies. Renata
Poljak’s videos and photographs are defined by sets of references to the
dynamics of power and political and personal conflicts, through which
the author opens the topic of belonging to a cultural context, identity,
decoding of illusions.