04 – 29/06 2019
GALLERY NOVA, TESLINA 7, ZAGREB
STUDIO DAVID MALJKOVIĆ, KRALJA DRŽISLAVA 8, ZAGREB
Laura Barić, Jakub Danilewicz, Philippa Driest, Vida Guzmić, Larion Lozovoy, Petra Mrša, Jelena Petric and Paky Vlassopoulou in collaboration with Ben Cain and Tina Gverović
In collaboration with WHW Akademija resident professors Ben Cain and Tina Gverović who worked with the participants throughout the whole year, realized exhibition Open Nova, Open Studio that served as a conclusion of the whole program and various creative processes initiated within it. The participants pursued the process of their artistic productions through several practical exercises that resulted in the final exhibition co-curated by all participants in the horizontal and collaborative process. For a period of two weeks prior to the opening, Gallery Nova became an annex to WHW Akademija — a learning place, a vehicle for testing thoughts and strategies. The dense set up at the Gallery Nova is partly related to participants’ experiences and encounters at the academy. It was also focused on performing conditions for learning as such, and posing questions about the roles of student and teacher. Can these positions be revealed and contested through some spatial arrangement? What can we learn from the Gallery Nova? Does gallery space accumulate some kind of residual knowledge over time, or is it just an abstract container to be repurposed at will? — these are some of the questions that participants tackled by the exhibition that turned into a living organism in a continuous transformation.
At the Studio David Maljković an open studio event was initiated. Along with the specific exhibition display that aimed at challenging a neutrality of white cube frame, within the exhibition, a number of the works have been installed, made by individuals and others by groups that intermingle with one-another partly because they were all presented in close proximity, and partly because they have been developed within an environment where a small group of closely connected people share spaces of listening, eating, caring, failing, thinking, learning, making… and living.