[artinfo] Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery : : Liquidation : : 02/05/2014

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Fri Apr 25 18:46:04 CEST 2014

Liquidation is an international interdisciplinary 
project initiated by the New York curator, Sarah 
Lookofsky, and is executed by the curatorial team 
of Miroslav Kraljeviç Gallery (Ana Kovaãiç, Lea 
Vene i Sanja Sekelj) in Zagreb, Center for 
Contemporary Art Stacion in Pri”tina, and 
European Institute for Progressive Cultural 
Politics in Vienna. The first presentation of the 
project took place at the exhibition in Pri”tina, 
in the summer of 2013, and will continue through 
the exhibition in Miroslav Kraljeviç Gallery on 
May 2nd, followed by a two-day conference (May 
3rd and 4th).

The Pri”tina exhibition has gathered a number of 
foreign artists whose works deal with the issues 
of the privatization of public spaces and/or the 
visibility of the private spaces-those which were 
and should be public (John Hawke, Martha Rosler, 
Andreas Siekmann, Patricio Larrambebere). Drawing 
from the experiences of silent private takeovers 
of former public assets, of which the public was 
informed only after the fact, these artists 
register and mark movements of everyday life and, 
in doing so, try to illuminate and raise 
awareness to the hidden consequences to the 
process of privatization. What brings these 
artists together, despite their coming from 
different contexts, is their joint effort to 
confront these consequences as well as raise 
awareness and educate the public. 

In addition to the artists who participated in 
the Pri”tina exhibit, Miroslav Kraljeviç Gallery 
is also hosting several artists and/or 
researchers from Croatia: Bojan Mucko, Iva 
Marãetiç, Bojan Mr©¢enoviç, Rafaela DraÏiç, Dina 
Ronãeviç i OUR (Organizacija udruÏenog rada), as 
well as one artist form Kosovo, Alban Muja. The 
starting point for this exhibit was derived from 
the curatorial concept of Sarah Lookofsky, 
however, we have decided to emphasize some of the 
local specificities as well, through particular 
examples from Rijeka, Split, and Zagreb. We 
believe that such hybrid art projects have the 
potential to become places of discussion 
regarding the consequences of privatization; to 
educate the public, to initiate public discourse, 
and to articulate criticisms.
The final works are often derived from extensive 
research and/or field work. It is often the case 
that the final product of research is a form of 
mapping, whether in the case of photo-mapping 
derelict hotel complexes across the Adriatic 
coast (Bojan Mr©¢enoviç) and the destroyed 
industry in the City of Rijeka (Iva Marãetiç), or 
in the attempt of understanding the processes and 
consequences of privatization through student 
workshops (Dina Ronãeviç). On the other hand, 
several projects in the exhibit are derived from 
site-specific field research through which Bojan 
Mucko explores the role and methodology of the 
State Administrative Office for State Property 
Management by showcasing examples of Zagreb's 
vacant business spaces; Rafaela DraÏiç conducts 
field research of Brodosplit; and OUR presents a 
continuation of their case study analysis of the 
consequences of the dissolvement of Split's 

The exhibition will be followed by a two-day 
conference with the conceptual participation of 
Mario Kika”, Tomislav Medak, and the Multimedia 
Institut (MI2), bringing together a number of 
participating artists, relevant experts and 
theoreticians, as well as activists. Within the 
conference framework, there will be two lectures 
by Boris Buden and Neil Brenner. Inspired by the 
Stacion project partnership, the conference is 
envisioned to serve as a platform for discussion 
regarding privatization processes occurring in 
the region, sharing of struggles for public 
spaces, and discussing certain artworks showcased 
at the exhibit.

Miroslav Kraljeviç Gallery
02.05.2014 - 31.05.2014

10000 Zagreb


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