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Forthcoming Exhibitions by Sanja Ivekovic

For all of you who are based or will visit Vienna, Berlin or Paris, and are interested in Croatian contemporary art, this is the opportunity to see work of Sanje Ivekovic, the well known Croatian contemporary artist –  one of the key artists of her generation working today.

Sanja Ivekovic will take part in four international exhibitions during next few months:

MUMOK, Changing Channels, Art and Television 1963-1987
5th of March – 6th of June 2010, Opening 4th of March 2010
Vienna, Austria

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Early Years
28th of February – 2nd May 2010
Opening: 27th of February 2010
Berlin, Germany

Centre Pompidou, Promises from the past
14th of April -19th of July 2010
Paris, France

Museum Rodin, Le Corps Comme Sculpture Video-Performances. 2nd – 28th of February. 2010
Paris, France

Since the 1970s, Sanja Ivekovic works in a range of media such as photography, performance, video, installations, and actions. Ivekovic belongs to the artistic generation that emerged after 1968 with post-object, conceptual art known as “New Art Practice.” Ivekovic’s work can be characterized as a critical artistic practice, invested in the politics of image and body and an analysis of identity constructions in the media, employing strategies of political engagement, solidarity, and activism. In the (then) Yugoslav (and thus Croatian) art scene, Ivekovic was the first artist to adopt a feminist perspective in her artistic work and activist practice. Since the political change of 1989, she mainly deals with the collapse of socialist regimes and the consequences of the triumph of capitalism and market economy on living conditions, particularly of women.

From her early photography and performance, through to the major collaborative and public projects of recent years, Ivekovic has tracked the changing place of individual and personal values and how they appear (or fail to appear) in public. The constraints of politics, economics, and gender consistently serve as an inevitable backdrop to her works—a position that survives the changes of 1989, altered, but intact. In her persistent exploration of the border between the public and private self, Ivekovic subtly insinuates the collective responsibility we share for the things that take place around us. By doing so, without any moral exhortation, her art permits us to see more clearly the interdependence of things and the scalability of our actions, from small gestures to grand narratives.

Sanja Ivekovic participated in the 10th International Istanbul Biennial (2007), documenta 12 (2007) and documenta 11 (2002) in Kassel, and Manifesta 2 (1998) in Luxembourg. Other exhibitions include (selection): re.act.feminism – performance art of the 1960s and 70s today, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 2008–2009; As soon as I open my eyes I see a film. Experiment in the art of Yugoslavia in the 60’s and 70’s, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 2008; The Order of Things, MuHKA, Antwerp, 2008; Living Currency/La Monnaie Vivante, Tate Modern, London, 2008; Forms of Resistance – Artists and the Desire for Social Change from 1871 until the Present, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2007; WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2007; Die Regierung. Paradiesische Handlungsräume, Secession, Vienna, 2005; Now What? Dreaming a better world in six parts, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2003; and After the Wall, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1999–2000.

Have a look at some videos of work made by Sanja Ivekovic

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