Collection of paintings, oil on board and canvas.
The process of introspection and questioning. Identification with the body, lack of connection with the physical world, the state of deprivation, incorporation of the world into myself, fear of change, development of internal authority, the right to exist.
Do I have the right to be here?
Dr. Anodea Judith, in her book "Body and Mind, East and West", writes about eastern system of chakras, placing it in the context of jungian psychology, somatic therapy and metaphysics. The Chakra system is a sort of map for understanding the development as well as the template for personal growth and realization of the full potential of the individual.
Focus was on the first chakra, since it is important to the very process of embodiement. The first chakra is located at the base of the spine. The features of the first chakra are: survival, body, confidence, roots, foundation, well-being, family.
In this context, embodiment is not just birth. It also refers to how we fit into a society where we belong or want to belong or be in the physical world.
Therefore, development of character and identity also comes under the notion of embodiment.
People with disabilities are mostly excluded from the terms "person", "identity", "integrity", etc. Perception that prevail is closer to the "thing" but to a person. The right to act, feel, to be loved and the most important - the right to exist is denied or limited.
The bodies of people with disabilities are mostly perceived as lifeless and insignificant, thus abolishing that basic identity, which is the physical one. The body is the first identity we identify ourselves with and on which we continue to develop our identity.
Such bodies are often the object of disgust and fascination. Aversion and discrimination exorcises the spirit that inhabits the body rather than trying to understand it. What remains is the subject deprived of person, deprived of identity.
How to answer the question at all; do I have the right to be here, do I have the right to exist? According to the author, the right to be here implies that we have what is fundamental to be - the basic thing to survive.
Considering the abovementioned and extended definition of embodiment, being in the physical world, for people with disabilities is a struggle for existence. The basic identity, the first one, the primary one, the biological one, the one that makes us real in the physical world, is disrupted, rejected, unacceptable.
Although not literally a prosthetics, Prosthetics are sketches of instalations which are exploring senses and perception. They are not necessary feasible, they exist as ideas and sketches for future experiments with sound, installations and performance.
Body became threatened in its own world.
Repression of the natural brought us to the so called “disconnecting the body from planet” (Nikodem; Kroker, 2008, 211), it falls into a some kind of a trans. Institutions are taking control over body by setting norms for its behaviour also modeling itaccording to its own ideology (Brstilo, 2009, 294).
We assume that body does not have any restrictions then its own physiology and that it evades from history. Another assumption; body is restricted and shaped by regimes; it is accustomed on rythm of the work, leisure and vacations; it is poisened with food, values, feeding habits and moral rules together; it creates itself through resistance.
Cut-outs represents three projects or ideas. Next to all of them are personifications whos names are anachronims with heads of a child.
First idea is about one organism created from more of them - chimera. Body connected out of more different bodies - body building. Next to it is dr. Viktor von Frankenstein as a representative of that idea.
Second idea is less fiction, at least theoretically, instead goes from the desire of extending human life. Behind the second idea is dr. Sergio Canavero. Our desire of extending of our species turns into the desire of extending our life span. We no longer have to exist through our habits, life views and attitudes that we transfer to our descendants.
Third idea belongs to complete victory, it belongs to Mengele as complete diminishment of the human. The Head-footer represents the dominant way, the one that is the most common.
This work explores the “having” the body. How it is to “have” different body or how it would be to “have” a different body?
According to Erich Fromm “being” relates on expirience and “having” is about identity. On this images “being” is just an assumption - lack of expirience. The body is treated as image, mark, identity. The essance of this work is a project of first human head transplant called HEAVEN (Head Anastamosis Venture).
Synthetic memories are about having a different body, to be more speciffic - they are on having a feeling about having and being the body. To be body, being according to Fromm, on this photos is not present, it is a feeling, therefore an assumption. How it is to have a different body or how would it be to have different body?
Marked body is one of the terms of Anne Balsamo that relates to a body as a culture mark (esthetic surgery, beauty industry, fashion industry - production of identity). That body we percieve as a commercial symbol.
Disertation on Super Body. Currently in Croatian.
Starting point of this reaserch was project HEAVEN (The Head Anastomosis Venture). The realisation of the mentioned project was delayed and changed several times. The project itself is about a head (or body?) transplant.
Idea of the super body touches on the term of Deleuze and Guattari - the body without organs. According to the creators of the term, body without organs is a process of regenerating and repeating, more specifically:desire. BwO (Body wothout organs) is a process of regenerating and repeating of so called desireing machines, as they call the bodies.
Term super body is mostly associated with fitness industry. It is also associated with bodies of heroes, bodies that eventually became super thanks to some damage or deformation that usually came from the outside world (Spiderman, Hulk). Therefore, super occures and is accomplished through some deformation. To be more speciffic, by the deforming of the norm. Super is, then in both examples, fitness heroes as well as heroes of pop culture, desireable deformation. In one example, the first one, more of the exterior nature while in the other example of the super heroes, deformation gives super capacities to the body.
Deformation has its root in latin deformatio: a major difference in the shape of a body part or organ compared to its common or average shape, changes in an object's shape or form due to the application of a force or forces, such changes considered and analyzed as displacements of continuum bodies, a measure of the rate at which the shapes of clouds and other fluid bodies change. Super body is, therefore, a deformed body - its nature is changed.
This project Super body represents a platform for my future reaserch on area of identity and body. I endeavor to define and describe the term super body into an exhisting context of discussion on body.
A habit of finding pleasure in thought rather than action is a safeguard against unwisdom and excessive love of power, a means of preserving serenity in misfortune and peace of mind among worries. A life confined to what is personal is likely, sooner or later, to become unbearably painful; it is only by windows into a larger and less fretful cosmos that the more tragic parts of life become endurable.
The work is a portrait of my right hand, that is, of my right fist.
I chose the motif of a fist so that I could always have something, a motif to paint, and also because it is the only subject within a predetermined and even imposed space that is always with me. Namely, it was necessary to choose a motif that was not under any outside influences.
For that reason I constrict the motif to a subject and build a whole with repetition. My intention was to remove any kind of characteristic that color gives out and draw attention strictly to form, structure, subject, experience and gesture.
The work was presented at the 1st May Incubator, Decumanus Gallery in Krk, Croatia, 2018 and at the 1st Student Biennale, “Selfportarit” Waldinger Gallery in Osijek, Croatia, 2015.
The video with the duration of one minute, is a documentation of a performance piece. After the performance, the work was transformed into an installation within a space with an empty wheelchair. A drawing was made using the wheelchair on a base of flour.
The title, 25-540 (24x1) HS 228, indicates the size of the wheelchair tires.
The performance took place at the final student exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, on July 2nd 2014.
My intention was to speak up about the sensibility for and towards differences, in a way segragate it, emphasize it and put it in a dialogue with the surroundings as an example here I put in relation a disability and an exhibition space more precisely, it was an already established relationship. The space that already demands a different approach.
The best solution showed to be an intervention within the space with which I can accomplish the wanted interaction with the environment in the easiest way. With that, the performance that was initially created as an installation piece transformatively takes on a new form.
The installation consists of an empty wheelchair placed in the middle of a separate field.
The installation has been developing over time, it changed form over the course of the exhibition. People who did not notice the installation would accidentally step into it and move away only after someone else's warning.
I do not see the behaviour of the visitors, those who did and those who did not step onto the installation as something good or bad, but as a response to the subject sensibility for and towards differences. The sensibility of the people stands out as soon as something out of the ordinary is put into the spotlight.
The work was exhibited at The Art of Creation at Patchogue Arts Council in New York, USA, 2018. and at the 1st May Incubator, Decumanus Gallery in Krk, Croatia in the same year. This work was also presented at the Artbox.Project Basel 1.0, Euroairport Basel, Basel - Swiss side, 2017 and at the Diversity of Voices ESSL MUSEUM, Klosterneuburg, Austria, 2015.
This series, that is, the work, depicts allegories of different states and moods. The work was designed to be an art journal, a search of identity, personal notes with which I limit my field of work on research from the very start.
The format of a puzzle came to me naturally. Given that I paint with my mouth, a smaller format is closer to the range of movement of the head and neck, and by combining these smaller sections I have put together a bigger format. That way, I made it possible for myself to make a fashionable big-scale work which is otherwise off-limits for me.
The work was exhibited at the ESSL Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria, on behalf of ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015, under the title of the exhibition Diversity of Voices.
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The work is now part of the ESSL collection and was exhibited at the Body and Soul exhibition at the same Museum, 2016.
The work was also presented at the 32nd Youth Salon, under the title of the exhibition 'Venientes' in Zagreb, 2014.
The work presents the photographs that were made at the Academy of Fine Arts, in the dorm and at home. The series arised in 2012, while the book has been published in 2015.
The idea was evolving gradually through the process. Being introduced to the camera, but also introducing through the camera, I took portraits of my colleagues, neighbours in the dorm and family.
The series is introduced as a book of photographs, that are arranged into diptychs. The diptychs thematically present a similarity of view as well as the differences of the spaces that I live in. To emphasize the intimacy of everyday life, I stripped the work of color. The book of photographs is divided into three parts: Academy of Fine Arts / student dorm , then student dorm / family home, and finally family home / Academy of Fine Arts. Each part consists of ten diptychs.
The position of the camera that is adjusted to my physical predispositions, the frames show the viewer a world from the sitting position, from my perspective that is, considering my current period in life, subjected to the routine that comes down to three locations: my house, the dorm and the Academy.
My very first solo show was with this series. I exhibited it two times, Zagreb and Osijek. Both times there were two spaces that require sitting - Caffe and student restaurant.
A View into my Everyday Life from the Perspective of Sitting, Restaurant CAMPUS, Osijek, Croatia, 2016 / Caffe &TD, SC, Zagreb, 2015.
The work was also a part of the Diversity of Voices ESSL MUSEUM, Klosterneuburg, Austria, 2015, and part of the 12th Erste Fragments, Kranjcar Gallery in Zagreb, 2016. Two of the books, one Croatian and one in English, as well as the 5 prints, are part of the ERSTE Art Collection.
The Book is printed in 12 copies (two of them belongs to Erste Collection) in both languages, Croatian and English.
A contributor to the project was the photographer Damir Zizic, whom professor Battista Ilic asked for collaboration so that he could adjust the camera and enable me to use it. The adjustment consisted out of a stand that mounts on the wheelchair and a remote control to take photographs.