Luko Piplica

Luko Piplica was born in 1969, in Dubrovnik. He graduated in 1994 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He exhibited in solo exhibition at Dubrovnik Art Gallery in 2013 (Moj posjet Dubrovniku), Studio 7 Gallery in 2012 (Prequel), Bukovac Gallery in 2009 and 2004 (Što je u valovima; Snagatrajekratko), City Museum of Split in 2005 (Slike), Gallery OTOK in 2002 and 1995 (Čempresi; Slike), Gallery Chateau des Servieres, Marseille in France, in 2000 (Maja Sofija), Gallery Nova in Zagreb, in 1993 (Slike) and in numerous group exhibitions (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, Home of HDLU in Zagreb…)

He’s an active member of the citizens' Initiative “Srđ is ours”. He’s an associate of the Bukovac House in Cavtat, HDLU Dubrovnik and ARL Dubrovnik.
He’s a tenured professor of Fine Arts at the Luka Sorkočević Art School, in Dubrovnik.
He lives and works in Konavle, in the village Močići, near Dubrovnik.

Maja Sofija – Luko Piplica

Maja Sofija is the title of the work made in 1977.
I spent that time in Konvale studyingthe unusual cypresses with irregular growths, possibly causedby the radiation of underground cavities and watercourses.
Their robust growth wasn’t of much help; the growths seemed older and more vital than the trees themselves who could just try to keep up with that growth.
The apparent immutability of these relationships could be considered their fate.
I looked for and made photos of such cypresses.
A vague feeling of compassion envelops this series of photographs.
In order to articulate that feeling, I added to the collection the text Maja Sofija. This fictional author’s biography and the attempt to manipulate the flow of time couldn’t fill this void.

In 2012, I returned to look for these cypresses; some remained completely unchanged, some got older, some were cut down, and some were erased from the face of the earth.