The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb
Artists' Cinema: Ibro Hasanović
Thursday, April 18th, 2013, Gorgona Hall
The works by Ibro Hasanović present places whose meaning is being articulated in the fissures between the past, the present, and the future. They are meeting points of various references, narratives and texts, taken from the domains of film, art, and literature, such as Tarkovsky, Godard, Sidran or Caspar David Friedrich. The images and stories that Ibro’s films bring to us are immersive and poetic, and special attention is paid to soundscape forming, while the artist uses visual codes and cinematic language to explore complex relations between the individual and society.
The program will show three recent films by Ibro Hasanović: A short story (2011), Piccolo Greenland (2012) and Spectre (2012).
The landscape in A short story represents a space whose territory and destiny has been intertwined for centuries; a (construed) glacier in Piccolo Greenland, and a (real) ship, Galeb, in Spectre, represent almost mythical places in which the author relates a premonition of a certain situation. The meaning of these places is deeply ingrained in the collective memory, and they become topoi of artistic interest, of describing the ineffable, of articulating a visual language as a transfer vehicle between the subconscious and the images; and, the moving pictures draw us into a space of relations between reality and fiction.
In A short story the narrator relates a series of events that happened in the recent past, and some premonitions of the future, mediated by oral tradition. The act of narration and the performative monologue of the narrator present a frame of reference and the central place around which the narrative of the work formss, while the cyclical repetition of mythical elements reveals the patterns that participate in forming and regulating the social and natural order, with codes inscribed into the collective memory.
In Piccolo Greenland we re-read the relation between man and nature, where poetic scenes of cold, frozen landscape, in the spirit of romanticism, present a frame for individual struggle and engagement, oriented toward reaching a specific goal, while in the binary pair of nature and culture we recognize a melancholic scene.
The last film, Spectre, is the only one that is devoid of human presence. It takes its form by camera moving through the inner spaces of the navy ship, Galeb, anchored in the port of Rijeka. The “ghosts” of Galeb, as spectres of the system, take the emptied social and ideological place as their referential field.
A short story / Kratka priča, 16 mm, converted to HD, 10:20 min, 2011.
Piccolo Greenland, $K converted to HD, 6:22 min, 2012.
Spectre / Bauk, HD video, 7:30 min, 2012.
After the screening, a conversation with the artist is scheduled.
Ibro Hasanović (1981) lives and works in Bruxelles, He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo and at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains in France. The central themes of his works – films, videos, photographs and installations are individual and collective memories. He showed his works at Turku Art Museum, Finland (2012); Open Space – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna; SPACE Gallery, Bratislava, Galleria A+A, Venice, 52. Oktobarski salon, Belgrade; Panorama 13, Le Fresnoy; Brot Kunsthall, Vienna, Mestna Galerija Ljubljana, Ljubljana; Galerija P74, Ljubljana (2010), Galleria d’Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti, Verona; Galerija Galženica, Velika Gorica (2009); SPAPORT Banja Luka (2008); and Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, South Korea (2006).
ARTISTS’ CINEMA is a program activity of the MSU that begun in 2012, aimed at introducing contemporary artists and their cinematic and video works, created at the meeting point of contemporary art and cinema, of film and visual arts. The program will present recent film/video works outside the context of social production of entertainment and spectacle. In addition, it will include conversations with the artists. It will complete the programmatic conception of the MSU and complement the presentation of this hybrid form. The Artists’ Cinema is aimed at intensifying the dialog and exchange on the cultural scene of the city, connecting artists, curators, and critics with the public; in this way we will contribute to an active internationalization of the art scene engaged in the media of moving pictures.
Project Manager: Tihomir Milovac
Curator: Branka Benčić
Artists presented within The Artists’ Cinema program thus far:
Shaun Gladwell: Circles of Radical Will
In collaboration with the ZFF: Marina Abramovič: The Artist is present
Ibro Hasanović, “A short story”, film still, 16 mm converted to HD, 10:20 min, 2011.
Courtesy the artist and Le Fresnoy.
Ibro Hasanović, “Piccolo Greenland”, film still, 4K converted to HD, 6:22 min, 2012.
Courtesy the artist and Le Fresnoy.
Ibro Hasanović, “Spectre”, film still, HD video, 7:30 min, 2012. Courtesy the artist.
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