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Cut and Paste – Collages of Inka Švertasek and Nada Vrkljan-Križić

 

3 May – 28 May 2021

 

The Spot Gallery and the Office for Photography announce the exhibition Cut and Paste – Collages of Inka Švertasek and Nada Vrkljan-Križić. The exhibition opening will be held on 3rd May, while the exhibition space will be open to the public 5 – 9 p.m., in line with relevant epidemiological guidelines.

 

Inka Švertasek

 

Two women, in the same city, at the same time. Leaning over their artworks at some point in the day, or evening, after all the other tasks have been taken care of. It is almost certain that they never met. Now, 60 or so years later, their collages meet for the first time, on the walls of the Spot Gallery, thus achieving a shift in the comprehension of the nature of this artistic medium and the feminist stance discernible in their compositions.

During the 1960s, Nada Vrkljan-Križić (1940 – 2012), an art historian and romance languages scholar, and Inka Švertasek (1920 – 2014), a self-taught artist, created a series of intriguing collages. The Office for Photography is showcasing a selection of their works, attempting to shed light on the position of women in contemporary Croatian art and experimentation in the field of photography. Inka’s collages were discovered relatively recently and are exhibited for the first time, while several of Nada’s collages were displayed as part of the 1972 exhibition, Surrealism and Croatian Visual Art, curated by Igor Zidić. The two artists’ collages were created outside of the usual arrangements, predominantly in a domestic setting, subject to limitations of time and other constraints. Their choice of the visual material used reveals a propensity for theatricalization and scenographic ideas (Švertasek), as well as a conscious examination of the political, social and intimate moment (Vrkljan-Križić). These are photomontages and collages in the realm of the subconscious, allusions addressed by a host of surrealist theorists and authors (Eluard, Bataille), all the way to psychoanalysts and contemporary male and female theoreticians who regard these sorts of works as one of women’s feminist strategies.           

 

Owing to its features, the collage is intrinsically subject to fragmentation, nonetheless, both cycles attest to a substantial self-awareness and continuity of artistic ideas, which the authors developed over time. Attempting to lend a contribution to the discussion about the role of collage in feminist art and in postmodernism, and touching upon the notion of collage as an “oppositional” practice containing various hints of and commentaries on the political and social reality, the exhibition draws attention to the frequently solitary position of women authors whose work is revealed gradually and observed from the vantage point of transpired time. 

 

The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of the fifth issue of Fototxt magazine, containing texts by Leonida Kovač, on the works of Nada Vrkljan-Križić, and Darko Šimić, on the collages of Inka Švertasek.

 

The curator of the exhibition is Sandra Križić Roban.  

 

Nada Vrkljan-Križić

 

 Nada Vrkljan-Križić, Croatian art historian (Belgrade, 1940 – Zagreb, 2012). Graduated in history of art and French language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb in 1970. Worked at the Regional Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (1972–81), was a curator at the Gallery of Primitive Art within the Galleries of the City of Zagreb (1981–94), and later worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art (1995–2004) in the capacity of museum advisor and acting director of the institution. She published a number of scientific texts in the field of museology, numerous art reviews, studies and exhibition curatorial texts. She is the author of a number of exhibitions of naive painting. 

 

Inka (Vinka) Švertasek is a self-taught artist (Korčula, 1920 – Zagreb, 2014). Throughout her life she painted, carved wood sculptures, and in the period between 1960s and 1970s she created collages. She exhibited independently at the Korčula Town Museum in 2012.

 

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The exhibition is part of Not Yet Written Stories – Women Artists’ Archives Online, an international research project funded by Creative Europe , in which Office for Photography collaborates with the Arton Foundation in Warsaw, SCCA –  Centre for Modern Art in Ljubljana and the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art in Riga. The aim of this project is to include the works of  women artists into public discourse about visual arts in order to avert their further discrimination and mostly elimination from the European history of art.

The exhibition is supported by City of Zagreb, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Kultura Nova Foundation and Creative Europe.

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