Davor Sanvincenti at Spot Gallery

Spot Gallery and Office for Photography announce the opening of an exhibition Zero was in the air by Croatian artist Davor Sanvincenti.

The exhibition opening and talk with artist  will be held on Monday, 5th November at 7 pm.




The connection between art and nature indicates layers of meaning that we are not able to completely fathom. However, we sometimes dedicate ourselves to nature which teaches us to listen with our eyes. What does it mean to observe nature, with the celestial sky as its inextricable part? The Romantics describe the zeitgeist when the depictions of silence, natural and celestial expanses served as a springboard for contemplation. They considered man to be an integral part of nature who gains experiences by observing the perceivable or, at least, implicit changes thereof. The dualism between the cosmic and the worldly was expressed by the silence of the natural environment.

Observing nature, the natural scenery, the celestial sky does not entail observing something particular, a certain object or an isolated part, but ignoring everything – or as many details possible – in order to understand and enjoy the shapes, the sight itself or a certain feature which cannot be unequivocally defined. This is simultaneously a process of introspection, a self-reflection, a look into what we know and see, into what we have forgotten. To the most persistent ones, this undertaking will bring pleasure in observing the sight which at times swiftly, and at times slowly develops before our eyes.

To an extent, we are able to define the age of the Anthropocene ourselves, the time in which a man’s relationship to the geological, ecological and atmospheric processes is crucial. We are disgruntled by climate change, protest against waste sorting, able to leave our trace anywhere in nature – to ravage it no matter the consequences. Will we, in our lifetime, perceive nature only in isolated artistic spaces?

“I know absolutely nothing. Nothing of the things I should know; I can sense that. There are so many things that the old man should have explained when we were little, that should be normal to know them when you grow up. For example, the celestial sky. The thought resides within us. We have no evidence to claim otherwise. And we don’t know how to strictly define it.”

For Davor Sanvincenti, the film revolves around a lightbulb like the Earth around the Sun, and light makes the film visible. A fragile film relates to our existence. “In the orbit of the film’s tragedy and our reality, the image resists the cruelty of the experiment.” An experimental short film Almost Nothing: So Continues the Night, the photographs of the sky, objects from nature (the mineral magnetite) are all part of the exhibition Zero was in the air, with which the artist continues his distinctive, rounded process. The selected elements speak about his interest in the frailty of the body, film and memory; amongst other things, he is interested in the meaning of natural elements which influence the state of the art medium and lead us to the path of knowledge about big topics, such as human cognition, our understanding of immortality, relativity of time and space and the relationship between the film and the elusive reality it documents. Everything is “in the game”, the visual, the sounds, the touch and the smell. His anthropological approach entered the depths of the house that holds the Spot Gallery, into the family archives where, amidst neatly arranged objects, a scent from another time is emitted. The only thing you have to do in this exhibition is to let go. We are the ones who set and cross the boundaries.


Davor Sanvincenti (1979) is a multimedia artist from Croatia who works in the field of audiovisual research and anthropology of visual culture, focused on the conditions and forms of human senses and perceptions. He works in a variety of media – film and video, photography, physical light and sound installations and live media performances. His work plays with the concept of illusion, exploring the possible boundaries of perception and the construction of experience. He is the 2010 recipient of the Radoslav Putar Award for the best Croatian artist under 35. His physical video installation 1001 takes part in the AV collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.

His work has been exhibited and presented internationally, including festivals International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR); Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid; Device Art Triennale, Montreal; 28th Music Biennale Zagreb; LOOP (Barcelona); 25 FPS, Zagreb; World Film Festival, Bangkok; and venues including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Lincoln Center, New York; Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz; Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Oaxaca; Camera Austria, Graz; FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou; NIU, Barcelona; La Triennale, Milano; Filmoteca Española, Madrid; Glassbox, Paris; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.


The exhibition will remain open until 30 November.


The exhibition is supported by Zagreb City Office for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia Kultura Nova Foundation.



Opening hours of Spot Gallery

Mon – Fri / 4 – 8 pm
Or by appointment


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