The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb
Hrvoje Slovenc's exhibition “Marble Hill” will be opened at the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday, 14th of March and and Marisall Gallery on Friday, 15th of March.
The maturity and security of Slovenc's obsessive idea is evident precisely from the series of photographs presented in the Marisall Gallery. Namely, all the photographs originated, as the author explains, from "his own film," the visions of his imagination, a kind of a surreal trip into his own version of "Alice in Wonderland". "Moments shown in the photos could occur during the burning of the apartment. Potential tenants could occupy poses in moments of panic and pose in front of the camera, like in some reality show. "- the author has written. Impression of theatricality of space and surrealism of the scene is enhanced by the author playing with sizes of photographic enlargements, relationships within the compositions as well as the striving towards monochromes or discrete shading between black and white. In addition, photos are also inspired by individual works from the history of photography such as studies of movements by Eadweard Muybridge or Man Ray and collaging photographs found in the burned out husk of the apartment. At first glance, in the second part of the Slovenc's exhibition that he presents in the Museum of Contemporary Art, it seems that he separated the reality and fantasy more clearly- but it is also about the discreet but systematic intertwining of reality and unreality. Specifically, it is a series of portraits of the author's friends and close family from Zagreb and New York tied together through roles that they take or seek to play. Namely, the author specifies, the beginnings of his interest in photography are parallel to his relocation to New York. There, he not only met with the bizarre world of set roles and fixed rules, but he encountered the photographic art that has, as he himself says, taught him to watch and see. In the very beginnings of his photographic education, during a task intended for mastering documentary photography "catch the moment", Slovenc consciously directed his photography and presented staged moments as real events.
Curated by Leila Topić
Hrvoje Slovenc is a Croatian photographer based in New York. He holds MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art, in the class of Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Tod Papageorge. His photographs have been exhibited in dozens of shows nationally and internationally including Museum of Contemporary
Photography in Chicago, Museum of New Art in Detroit, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art, Croatia, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia, and Young Artists’ Biennial in Bucharest, Romania. He has received several awards including: London Photographic Awards, International Photography Awards, Golden Light Awards, BRIO Award, as well as Alice Kimball and Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowships. His work is in the permanent collections of Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, as well as Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art and Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb, Croatia.
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