Luiza Margan

Restaging Monument

At Studio Golo Brdo Luiza Margan shows a continuation of her work on the role of public monuments, reconsidering the relationship between history and power embodied in them and their effect on everyday social interaction and language. Monuments are perceived to contain performative and discursive material.
Margan shows work that is related to her last project in public space “Eye to Eye with Freedom” that enabled the citizens of Rijeka to be lifted 22m high with a crane up to the bronze partisan figures of the Monument of Liberation (1955) in Rijeka in order to stand eye to eye with the central, female partisan. The large interest of the public for the action and the intensity of emotional responses among participants raise questions about the power of monuments to animate, their symbolic value and the nostalgia towards ideological promises of the past.
The series of photomontages is based on photographs that the artist acquired from the family archive of the monument’s sculptor Vinko Matkovic, posing before different stages in production of the sculpture. Margan juxtaposes these scenes of ‘the artist at work’ with her own photographic material.

The environment of the Golo Brdo will serve as a platform for collaboration with the sound artist Philip Leitner (AT) with whom Margan will engage in a process of perfomative and sculptural rethinking of the idea of a monument.

Luiza Margan (born in Rijeka, lives in Croatia and Austria), explores the different roles of the artist, the ‘performance of work’ in the frame of ‘immaterial production’ and strategies developed through the strive for autonomy of work. Her practice is explorative and takes shape in exhibition design, work for public space, print media and film.
She has showed in numerous solo and group exhibitions, such as “Resilience”, Triennial of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana, MOCA 2013, “Impossibility vs. Self Censorship”, Matadero, Madrid, 2013, “Was ist Kunst”, Kunstlerhaus Graz, Steierische Herbst 2013, “TH-T Art Award”, Museum of Contemporary Art , Zagreb 2012; “Sculpture Today: Performative Bodies and Spaces”; Centre for Contemporary Art Celje, 2013, Online Bienalle 2013, “On the Road”, Changdong National Art Studios Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 2012, “Iron Applause” , National Gallery in Bratislava 2011, “Recaptured Surroundings”, HMK, Hoorn the Netherlands and so on.
Philip Leitner

Philip Leitner (born 1981),  is an Austrian musician and software developer. He uses piano as well as everyday household objects, combining and layering computerized post-processing, micro-sounds and extended piano. His work is defined by aleotoric functions, using chance and entropy as an integral process for creating sounds and structures.

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