Goran Trbuljak

How did I enter the blue period?

1. An artist at the entrance to the astrologer’s office
2. The artist stood in front of the same door seven years ago with a vague idea and lack of courage.
3. Detail from astrologer’s office
4. The artist awaits with impatience astrological finding
5. The artist asked the astrologer to read his artistic past
6. The artist wanted to get a report on artistic activity in this life and, most importantly, in the previous
7. The artist expects to interpret the relationship of celestial bodies to past activities to accurately understand the art he dealt with
8. The astrologer’s historical synthesis and thought the artist intends to publish in a monograph instead of a customary curatorial text


Blue period
9. The advice the artist received from the astrologer, who could solve his artistic doubts, is that he should always wear a 5-karaten sapphire.
10. Since then (the first application of astrologer’s advice) the artist calls the whole period of his activity the blue period.
11. Jantar Mantar shot through sapphire as the first literal example of the blue period.
12. Some items from the artist’s collection just before the blue period.


Goran Trbuljak (born 21 April 1948 in Varaždin) is an award-winning Croatian cinematographer, photographer and conceptual artist.

Trbuljak had first studied at the graphic arts department of the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts, where he graduated from in 1972. After spending two years of apprenticeship at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he returned to Croatia and enrolled at the Zagreb Academy of Drama Arts and studied cinematography until he graduated in 1980.

His filmmaking career started in 1980 with Ante Babaja’s film Lost Homeland (Izgubljeni zavičaj), after which he went on to shoot some 25 feature films, as well as a number of television films and series. Trbuljak worked with many prominent Croatian directors, such as Branko Schmidt, Zvonimir Berković, Krsto Papić, Zoran Tadić, Davor Žmegač, and others. He is also a five-time winner of the Golden Arena for Best Cinematography award at the Pula Film Festival, the national film awards festival.

Trbuljak also worked as a graphic designer for a number of notable magazines, such as Film, Polet and Gordogan, and wrote articles about film, photography and arts for popular dailies and weeklies such as Globus and Slobodna Dalmacija. In addition, he has been teaching at the Zagreb Academy of Drama Arts since 1988.[1]

Trbuljak has also made significant contribution to Croatian conceptual art since early 70s, exhibiting highly intriguing works that bend the boundaries between written word, theory, painting and photography.


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