Igor Eškinja is participating in the group exhibition T-HT@msu.hr, taking place at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Zagreb.
For the ninth year, MSU and Hrvatski Telekom are organizing T-HT@msu.hr, an exhibition based on a competition awarding four prizes for works from the area of contemporary visual art. The competition is open for artists working with new communication technologies, multimedia video and audio production – media art such as video, experimental movies and internet art on the one hand, and on the other hand, the meeting point between art and technology, such as robot and electronic art. The competition is also open for artists who are pushing the limits of traditional media with regard to visual art and social events, or to those artists whose work results from the synthesis of different techniques and forms of expression. So, this year the artists' inspiration should be mirrored through combinations of a wide variety of different techniques and materials forming a perfect whole.
This year, 172 works have been submitted for the competition. Thirty-five of those works have been chosen for the exhibition by an international expert committee. The chosen thirty-five works will be shown alongside the works of three artists invited to the competition and together, they will offer a representation of different artists' recent works. The exhibition will take place in March.
(Excerpt with Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb.)
Igor Eškinja's work featured on this show is the installation Architecture of Optimism (2016). The work is based on visual material made in urban settlements built in Rijeka during the 1970s and in the Parisian suburb Vitry Sur Seine. Both urban zones are actually representative of high modernism, massive dormitories – one where the population is growing continually smaller, and another, which remains vital and alive. A large curtain depicts Rijeka skyscrapers photographed during the dead of the night, when not a single light is on. Contrary to that, the windows of similar buildings from Vitry are lit and they form light drawings on the photographs. Between these similar, yet dissimilar photos, we can see tables with empty newspapers (Novi list). The sun has left its traces on the newspapers, suggesting a mixture of Rijeka's urban vedute with family names, multiethnic inhabitans of Parisian suburbs.
More information about the exhibition (only in Croatian language): http://msu.hr/#/hr/20909/
Museum of Contemporary Art of Zagreb and Hrvatski Telekom
Snježana Pintarić, MSU Zagreb
Rainald Schumacher, Office for Art Berlin
Marco Scotini, freelance curator, Milano
Sandra Vitaljić, Academy of Drama Arts Zagreb
Nataša Ivančević, MSU Zagreb
Željko Badurina, Nina Bešlić, Miran Blažek, Tanja Dabo, Ivan Dujmušić, Stanko Herceg, Luka Kedžo, Željko Kipke, Vladislav Knežević, Davor Konjikušić, Ana Kovačić, Zlatko Kozina, Nina Kurtela, Vesna Mačković, Božica Dea Matasić, Ljiljana Mihaljević, Bojan Mrđenović, Nadija Mustapić, Branko Pašić, Marina Paulenka i Borko Vukosav, Predrag Pavić, Neven Petrović, Viktor Popović, Ivan Posavec, Maja Rožman, Neli Ružić, Sega Lada, Lana Stojićević, Josipa Štefanec, Danijel Šuljić, Marko Tadić, Ana Vivoda, Mirjana Vodopija, Marko Vojnić, Dino Zrnec
Jelena Blagović, Igor Eškinja and Goran Petercol
Igor Eškinja: Architecture of Optimism, production image for the exhibition application, 2016
© Studio Igor Eškinja