SpazioA presents Not a Pillar Not a Pile (Tanz für Dore Hoyer), the third solo exhibition of the artist Katarina Zdjelar (1979, Belgrade / SFRY) at the gallery.
The show’s title is from the homonymous video, produced in the occasion of the exhibition at Kunstal Rotterdam for Prix de Rome 2017, where the artist was one of the four finalists.
The video Not a Pillar not a Pile (Tanz für Dore Hoyer) is inspired by archival documents from an all- women’s dance studio founded in 1945 in post-war Dresden by Dore Hoyer, a choreographer and expressionist dancer, whose choreographies took the graphic works of artist Käthe Kollwitz as their departure point. Zdjelar’s new film installation departs from this artistic meeting between Kollwitz and Hoyer as a manifestation of shared affinities with (proto) feminist pacifism, solidarity and collective transformation across the barriers of time, class and social difference. Drawing the past into the present, Zdjelar has gathered an international group of dancers and activists to create this filmic work. Their costumes and the film set bear a pattern created by women workers of Pausa textile factory in Germany, whose anti-facist resistance resonates with that of Hoyer and of Kollwitz, whose graphic works are in turn echoed in the wood cut floor panels. In the resulting film installation one body encounters another as a site of resistance and possibility, pointing to the fragile agency of collective action in the present. This work of Zdjelar is made possible with kind support of Mondriaan Foundation and CBK Rotterdam.
In her videos, audio works and other projects, Katarina Zdjelar explores how people perform and reinvent their own identities, using their voice, language and bodily gestures to move within and between cultures and societies. Moving seamlessly between natural and staged actions and personae, Zdjelar’s films oscillate between artifice and reality, calling us to witness the ambiguity, struggle and beauty of human experience.
The gallery is pleased to announce that the artist has been invited to present a selection of her videos at the Esprit Nouveau Pavillion in Bologna, designed by Le Corbusier. The show Ungrammatical, curated by Lorenzo Balbi, Mambo museum artistic director, it is part of the project Art City 2018 and will be on view from February 1, until March 18, 2018.
Katarina Zdjelar (born in 1979, Belgrade, Yugoslavia) received an MFA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam 2004-2006.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Prix de Rome Visual Arts, Kunsthal, Rotterdam (2017); Between sounds, Museum Sztuki, Lodz (2016); Into the Interior, SpazioA, Pistoia (2015); Towards a further word, Kunstverein Bielefeld, Bielefeld (2014); Of More Than One Voice, Museum Of Contemporary Art ARTIUM, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2013); Stepping In-Out, Center for Contemprary Art Celje (2011); Parapoetics, TENT, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam (2009); But if you take my voice what will be let to me, Padiglione Serbo 53° Bienniale di Venezia (2009). Selected group exhibitions include: Yokohama Screening, Yokohama Triennale 2017, Yokohama Museum of Art (2017); This is a Voice, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2017); Crisis of presence, curated by Luigi Fassi, Pori Art Museum (2016); Re-Discovery IV, curated by Inke Arns, Autocenter, Berlin DE (2015); M/other Tongue, curated by Sabel Gavaldon Tenderpixel, London (2014); New Beginnings, curated by Sandra Demetrescu e Misela Blanusa, MNAC, Bucharest (2014); Father Can’t you see I am burning, De Appel Contemporary Art Centre, Amsterdam (2014); Where are we now?, 5th Marrakech Biennale, curated by Hicham Khalidi, Marrakech (2014). The artist lives and works in Rotterdam.