Each Image Becomes A Date Without A Day. A Year That No Longer Commemorates

Curated by Branka Bencic and Tanja Vrvilo
30/07/2021 - 26/08/2021

Doplgenger, Renata Poljak, The Otolith Group, Katarina Zdjelar, Dane Komljen, photographs from the Collection of PPMI (The Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria) and performance archive of MSKP (The International Student Friendship Club Zagreb) by Tanja Vrvilo and DB Indoš

To mark the anthological Brioni meeting between Tito, Nasser and Nehru which took place 65 years ago, in this summer time – on July 19, 1956, which informed the establisment of the Non-Aligned Movement, and when The Brioni Declaration was signed, Apoteka – Space for Contemporary Art with the exhibition Each image becomes a date without a day. A year that no longer commemorates brings to our immediate environment, by activating remembrances and memories of a place, the nearby Brioni coast works by several artists and art collectives in dialogue with archival images – photographs from the Collection of the Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria (PPMI) from Pula and from The International Student Friendship Club (MSKP) of Zagreb.
In the nature of moving images is a delay between the times of here and elsewhere. Due to the medium of photography, writes Susan Sontag, memorizing actually more often means remembering an image. Therefore, the exhibition in front of us acts as a „forum of images“, a public space where images acquire a voice, it reminds us of the potential of times past and the possibilities of social imagination, formed on a heritage of international solidarity, anti-imperialist and anti-colonial struggle, peaceful coexistence, persistence of ideas, values and images of the Non-Aligned Movement in the works of contemporary artists in the presence of archival documentation, imagining the exhibition as a place for their re-archiving.

At the opening of the exhibition, a film In the Year of the Quiet Sun by The Otolith Group will be screened, and the closing will include a screening of a film All the Cities of the North by Dane Komljen.

Popis radova / List of Works
The Otolith Group In the Year of the Quiet Sun (U godini mirnog Sunca), video, 2013
Doplgenger Kroz noć bez zvezda, tamnu i gustu kao mastilo (Beneath a Starless Sky as Dark and Thick as Ink), video, 2016
Katarina Zdjelar Malaika (My Lifetime), video, 2021
Renata Poljak Još jedan odlazak (Yet Another Departure), video, 2019
Dane Komljen Svi sjeverni gradovi (All the Cities of the North) film, 2016
Arhiv Tanja Vrvilo i DB Indoš TV MSKP: Ovdje su Dan Afrike i Dan mladosti (TV MSKP: Here are Africa Day and Day of Youth, 2007)
Zbrika fotografija Povijesnog i pomorskog muzeja Istre, Pula / Collection of Photography, PPMI (The Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria)

Courtesy of: artists, LUX, Bonobostudio, imai, PPMI

In partnership with Film Mutations: Festival of Invisible Cinema (Film-protufilm)

Support: Grad Vodnjan, Ministarstvo kulture i medija RH, HAVC Hrvatski audiovizualni centar, Grad Pula, Istarska županija, Zaklada Kultura nova

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trigon 67/17 – recapitulations and perspectives
Research Project and International Symposium

Zagreb, Trieste, Graz

Traveling international Symposium taking place in three trigon cities
Part 1: MSU, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb 9. 11. 2016, 16h
Part 2: Trieste Contemporanea, Trieste, Italy
Part 3: Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien, (KM– Graz), Austria

On the occasion of the exhibition “trigon 67/17 – ambiente nouvo/ post environment” ( KM- Graz, 23.09 – 23.11.17) marking 50th anniversary of “trigon 67”, art institutions Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien, (KM– Graz) and Apoteka – Space for Contemporary Art are organizing a “travelling” symposium in the spaces of trigon – in Zagreb, Trieste and Graz, reflecting on the legacy, artistic and curatorial practices and influence of trigon as exhibition shaping cultural context. The project is further developed by art historical and curatorial research, publishing essays in digital online publication KM Journal.

The tri-country biennial “trigon” was founded in Graz in 1963, and for decades it presented an opportunity for wider artistic exchange between ex-Yugoslavia, Italy, Austria, and other countries. “trigon 67” in particular, which took place at the Künstlerhaus and its outdoor environs with the title “ambiente / environment,” was one of the biennial’s central exhibitions, featuring fifteen, nowadays well-known artists, who examined contemporary architectural issues and the perception of space.
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of “trigon 67” and steirischer herbst, the Künstlerhaus has reevaluated these once heavily discussed approaches. In the exhibition “trigon 67/17 – ambiente nuovo/ post environment” (23.09 – 23.11.17), fifteen young artists from the Trigon region have once again revisited the original subject, presenting a range of practices that deal with space and architecture in contemporary art.

In the symposium, which will take place on three consecutive Thursday afternoons at three prominent art institutions in the Trigon region, academics, curators, and critics will discuss and investigate the exhibition “trigon 67,” highlighting its repercussions on contemporary art in Austria, Italy, and ex-Yugoslavia. In addition, the current exhibition “trigon 67/17 – ambiente nuovo / post environment” at the Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, will be another main focal point.

The symposium will start at MSU Museum of Contenmporary Art in Zagreb, home to many artworks by artists presented in “trigon 67.” Running parallel to the symposium, the exhibition „Rebel with a Vision,“ featuring Vjenceslav Richter, who was also a part of “trigon 67,” will be on display at the museum. In “trigon 67” Richter presented a large-scale, outdoor installation.

Branka Benčić, Director, Apoteka – Space for Contemporary Art, Independent Curator, Curator of the Croatian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale
Jürgen Dehm, Curator, Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM– Graz)
Vesna Meštrić, Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art MSU, Zagreb
Tihana Puc, Independent Researcher, Zagreb

Juergen Dehm: trigon 67/17
Branka Benčić and Tihana Puc: trigon as network
Vesna Meštrić: Trigon and Vjenceslav Richter: 1967 – 1975
Discussion: Trigon in curatorial research today. With: Branka Benčić, Jurgen Dehm, Jasna Jakšić, Iva Rada Janković, Vesna Meštrić
Film Screening: Eilfried Huth: trigon 67, 35min

Organized by:
Branka Benčić, Director, Apoteka – Space for Contemporary art / Curator of the Croatian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale
Jürgen Dehm, Curator, Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM– Graz)
Sandro Droschl, Director, Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM– Graz)

Supported by
Land Steiermark, Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen

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