57th International Art Exhibition—Venice Biennale 2017 / Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić

12 May–26 November 2017, Venice, Artiglierie, Arsenale

Artists: Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić

Tina Gverović works with installation, drawing, painting, sound, text, and video. Her work often includes disorientating installations and questions related to space, territory, and identity, as well as the way in which these concepts are bound to imagination. In her installation “Phantom Trades: Sea of People”, composed of paintings and objects, Gverović explores the processes of gathering, and draws attention to history and materiality, bodies in transit as moving masses or geopolitical entities. Her paintings are fluid and fragile images levitating between different states.

After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Tina Gverović finished a postgraduate study programme at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, as well as a doctoral study programme at the Middlesex University in London. The impressive list of group and individual exhibitions showing her works includes exhibits at the Suzhou Documents Biennial Exhibition in China (Suzhou, 2016), Raum mit Licht Gallery (Vienna, 2015), Tate Britain (2015) and Tate Modern in London (2014), SE8 Gallery (London, 2013), Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade (2014) and Bussan Biennial in South Korea (2012). She has taken part in numerous residency programmes and won multiple national and international awards.

Marko Tadić creates collages, animated films, drawings, and installations. Influenced by the legacy of modernism, which he uses as fragments of visual narration through the elements of art, architecture, and art history, he creates an unusual atmosphere of oblivion. Tadić’s work “Events Meant to Be Forgotten” is an installation which uses slide shows, film, and drawings, connected in a constructive element system. Given his long-term interest in the legacy of modernism, Tadić’s work is built on a series of projected images, vintage imagery. Found slides, as “ready-made” images or “found footage/found images”, present images which, with the artist’s intervention, become a story somewhere between non-fiction and fiction.

Marko Tadić studied Painting at Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. He has received numerous art awards (the Vladimir Nazor Award for the best exhibition in 2015, the award for the best design at the Croatian Animation Festival (FHAF) in 2012, the third prize at the T-HT@MSU exhibition in Zagreb in 2010, and the Radoslav Putar Award for the best young contemporary artist in 2008). He has participated in many residency programmes in Helsinki, New York, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, and Vienna. He works at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. His films have been shown at numerous international animated film festivals, as well as experimental film festivals. His works have been displayed at many individual and group exhibitions around the world.

Curator: Branka Benčić

Branka Benčić is an art historian whose main interests include contemporary art, film, and video, research projects, exhibition history, and curatorial practices. She cooperates with museums, galleries, festivals, and art institutions in Croatia and abroad. She curated the Croatian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and co-curated the Croatian Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale (2018). She is the artistic director at Apotekaspace for contemporary art. Also, she has led and curated the Cinemaniac/Think Film project at the Pula Film Festival (since 2002). From 2019 to 2020, she worked as program director at the Oberhausen International Film Festival. She curates the Artists’ Cinema programme at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, and also creates the annual programme of the Osijek City Galleries. As a curator, she has organised a great number of group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad, from the Zagreb Salon (2019), Poreč Annale (2014, 2015, 2016), and “Loose ends” (Milan, 2019), “PROJECTIONS: Antun Motika and the legacy of experiment” (MMSU Rijeka, 2017, ŠKUC gallery Ljubljana, 2018), to “REZ / CUT – Collage in Contemporary art” (MSU Zagreb, 2018). She has also worked on many individual exhibitions of the following artists: Damir Očko, Vlatka Horvat, Tina Gverović, Jelena Jureša, Igor Eškinja, Marko Tadić, Goran Trbuljak… She has participated in symposiums and festivals in museums and cultural institutions (KASK Ghent, TATE Modern, KM Kunstlerhaus Halle fur Kunst und Medien Graz, Goethe Institute Paris…) and is the author of more than 500 technical texts published in catalogues and artists’ monographies. She was a member of international juries for the following festivals and artistic events: Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Furla Prize, Milan, EMAF European Media Art Festival, Radoslav Putar Award, 25 FPS Zagreb Festival, Animafest, KulturKontakt. She is the Director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka.

Project: “Horizon of Expectations”two Croatian contemporary artistic positions
The project consists of two complex installations in which artists Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić address the issues of uncertainty, tension, or collapse. These are separate works of two artists, two complex installations, specially designed for presentation at the Biennale. They are titled “Phantom Trades: Sea of People” (Gverović) and “Events to Be Forgotten” (Tadić), and together they form one “mini exhibition” titled “Horizon of Expectations”. It is contextualised in the main theme of the Biennale as a form of reflection or self-reflection on the process of artistic work.

The Modern Gallery in Zagreb was entrusted with the organisation of the exhibition in a pavilion covering 94 square meters. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication in English, including texts written by Branka Benčić, German critic Clemens Krummel, and Italian curator Marco Scotini, and graphically designed by Andro Giunio.