Our “Cold Front from the Balkans” exhibition focuses on different generations of artists and art groups from the Balkan region. Throughout the exhibition, we keep sharing detailed information about the artworks. Take a look at Jasmina Cibic’s (1979, Ljubljana) “The Pavillion” and “Building Desire”.
Jasmina Cibic is one of a new generation of Slovenian artists whose practice, although acutely conscious of a specific national political, cultural and artistic lineage creates a very distinctive language of its own. Her work is site and context specific, performative in nature and employs a range of activity, media and theatrical tactics to redefine or reconsider an existent environment and its politics. The basic gesture in Cibic’s artistic explorations is the dismantlement and careful analysis of the work of art, its representation, and its relationship to the viewer: she tries to operate inside the system she is investigating.
The Pavilion investigates how desire and its framing transcend onto the field of nation building and representation of political power. The video presents the reconstruction of the lost pavilion of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia built in Barcelona for the 1929 World Exposition.
In the video, a female voice-over presents a description of the artist’s retracing of the lost pavilion as well as of her making up for the gaps in the archival evidence by drawing upon other subjects that were also designed to represent various authoritarian visions of desire in the same period, namely Adolf Loos’ house for Josephine Baker, and the British navy fleet camouflage by the artist Norman Wilkinson.
“Cold Front From the Balkans” exhibition can be visited until 7 May at Pera Museum!