Exhibition CROssoverUK in Zagreb

Gallery Miroslav Kraljević in coordination with Art Radionica Lazareti Dubrovnik;
HDLU Osijek; HDLU Varaždin and The Station, Bristol; PVA MediaLab, Bridport and Re.projects, Stroud.

CROssoverUK is a sequel of sorts to the Blind Date project, initiated by Gallery Miroslav Kraljević in 2001 with the purpose of bringing together artists from Great Britain and Croatia. The residencies of British artists took place in Split, Zagreb and Rijeka, where they were paired up with Croatian artists, developing new, collaborative projects. Instead of encouraging contact and production of a collaborative work of individual artists, the purpose of the CROssoverUK project is to bring together British and Croatian artist-led organizations, located and working in non-central regions, outside large cities with a developed art scene.

By associating Croatian artists from non-central regions with their British colleagues we wanted to give the Croatian artists the possibility of an insight in possible models of artist self-organization and the opportunity to develop future partnerships. The British artists were given the opportunity to visit three Croatian cities and get acquainted with the local context. The main objective of the project was to create the possibility of collaboration, rather than focusing on the production of a new work. Yet it seems that all artists involved in the project reacted to the new situations with ease, spontaneously developing new projects that are all reflections of their experiences, articulated through specific and heterogeneous languages.

The intention of Gallery Miroslav Kraljević was primarily guided by the understanding of the need of decentralization and encouraging affirmation of the idea of a new situation in the context of art, in which there are numerous small centers, flexible and dynamic organizations with the ability to actively participate and contribute to the national, but also the international art scene. This pilot project is only an initiation of dealing with this extensive and complex issue. The exhibition will present new works by Dominic Thomas, Louise Short, Simon Poulter, Luko Piplica, Ana Požar Piplica, Antun Božičević, Ivan Mesek
Accompanying publication with contributions by Antun Božičević, Srđana Cvijetić, Colin Glen, Ksenija Kipke, Ana-Marija Koljanin, Ivan Mesek, Antonia Majača, Dominic Thomas, Louise Short, Luko Piplice, Ana Požar Piplice, and Simon Poulter. (Press material by the Gallery Miroslav Kraljević)

Opening: Wednesday, 8th February 2006, at 7.00 PM.

Art works (zip document, 631,551 kb)