The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb
SOLO SHOW by RENATA POLJAK: STAGING OUR REALITY
OPENING ON WENESDAY the 11TH OF DECEMBER at 7PM. 2013.
CURATOR: LEILA TOPIĆ
With her latest exhibition Renata Poljak continues the long practice of exploring and highlighting certain “unrepresentative” places of local everyday life. This time, in a focused authorial reflection, Renata builds a conceptual and thematic bridge between her early works like I, the Housewife, where she humorously confronts the normative division of gender roles, and her latest video Here and Now, where she refers to the psychological and social aspects of female aging and sickness. Neuralgic areas like historical revisionism and social oblivion reflect in her work Daily News, while the central position in the display is taken by the screening Staging Actors / Staging Beliefs (Homage to Slavko Štimac), dedicated by the artist to Slavko Štimac and all the young celebrity actors from the period of growing up in socialist Yugoslavia.
For the first time in Croatia visitors will be able to see the entire series of works Staging Actors / Staging Beliefs . Series was shown in New York at the beginning of the year and mentioned as 'the best in show' for the month of January by Village Voice.
Born in 1974, Renata Poljak grew up and graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Split and later spent a year in post-graduation (international post diplome) at the Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, France. Her body of work is composed of different medias : videos, film, installations and photos. In 2002 she was visiting artist in San Francisco Art Institute and in 2008 she has been selected for Art In General residency program in New York. Renata's work has been exhibited widely, on solo or group shows, biennales and film festivals. She received several awards among whitch The Golden Black Box Awardat the Black Box Festival in Berlin 2006 and the most recent one the T-HT competition award 2012. In the spring of 2010. her films were shown in Prospective Cinema (Prospectif Cinéma) in Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and a selection of her films were on view in Palais de Tokyo, Paris in October 2012.
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