Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski collaborations, which date since 2000, animate multilayered conceptual possibilities inspired by accumulated knowledge, intuitive references, historical and present day political concepts. Their ideas derive from their interest in architecture, literature, theory, art history, as well as socio-political identification in current post-transitional society. The works presented in this portfolio are made between 2014 and 2016 and carry the notion of faith and the political in a realm of the multidisciplinary and the site-specific. Their projects have been presented at a various international contexts and institutions including 56. Venice Biennial – Pavilion of the Republic of Macedonia (2015), Art Rooms, Kyrenia, Cyprus (2015), Malmö Konstmuseum (2015), Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2014), HDLU Croatian Association of Artists, Zagreb (2009), ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery, Berlin (2016, 2008), Kronika Gallery, Bytom, Poland (2007), and other venues. Their individual and collaborative works are part of a number of public and private collections, including Deutsche Bank Collection, Art Telekom Collection, Van Abbe Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, and others.
Hristina Ivanoska (1974, Skopje) completed her BFA (1997) and MFA (2013) at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje. Currently she is a PhD-in-Practice candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Ivanoska works with objects, texts, drawing, video and installation, often interdisciplinary and as a critical investigation into the experience of present-day social and political systems and their relationship to theory and history. Ivanoska has exhibited at Abbaye aux Dames (Salle des Abbesses), Caen, France (2015), National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje (2014), K nstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz (2013), National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest (2013), State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessalonica (2012, 2004), Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje (2014, 2012, 2011), Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava (20 ), Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin (20 ), pen pace – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna (2010),
Yane Calovski (1973, Skopje) studied sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, (1992-1996) and earned a BA from Bennington College (1997). He participated in the post-graduate studio programs at both the CCA Kitakyushu (1999-2000), and the Jan van Eyck Academy (2002-2004), and holds Masters degree in media and culture production from Linkoping University in Sweden (2010). Calovski's practice is concerned with tradition of research and translation, relating empirical ideas to art historical reference analysis leading in work situated in the site-specificity of a new cultural and political geography. He often deals with places of history, and collects local vernacular culture, such as objects; stories and songs, for re-creation, showing that contemporary conceptual art could create new and innovative scenarios and surfaces for indigenous knowledge to interact with history and society. Calovski has exhibited, screened and published his context-oriented and drawing-based work internationally including: Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Modern Art in Krakow, Bauhaus Foundation Dessau, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Kunsthalle Bregenz, Salzburger Kunstverein, Akbank Art Center, Tate Britain, European Kunsthalle, The Nederland Media Art Institute, Kronika – Bytom, Konshallen Brandts, Baltic Art Center, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, AR/GE Kunst, The Drawing Center, Museum of Contemporary Art - Skopje and others venues. He has also shown at the Helsinki Photography Biennial 2014, 2nd Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground 2012, SpaPort International 2010, Manifesta 7 (2008), PR 04, Manifesta 3 (2000). He has also been presented at the FRIEZE London, Art Basel, Vienna Art Fair, Istanbul Contemporary and ARCO Madrid. For his practice, he has been awarded ORTung 2012 Fellowship, Allianz Kulturstiftung 2004 Fellowship, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts 2001, among other recognitions.
We are all in this alone, 56. Venice Biennial – Pavilion of the Republic of Macedonia, photo Sara Sagui, courtesy the artists and Zak|Branicka Gallery