K3 Award goes to Ladislav Galeta

place: Villach, Austria
organiser: K3 Festival
At the recently ended K3 International Short Film Festival in Villach, Austria experimental cinematographer Ivan Ladislav Galeta won the K3 Award worth € 1.500 for his latest film Deep End Art N°1.

Statement of Ben Russell:
"DEEP END ART No.1" by Ivan Ladislav Galeta is confident and entire, a living system unto itself. The title alone is a declaration of an idiosyncratic worldview, one whose conceptual borders extend far beyond the video frame. While it is clear that Galeta takes real pleasure in bird and bee, in sunlight and flare, and in time and decay, this is not enough. Lucky for us, "Deep End" turns this pleasure into the very material of video; aided by close-up and audio-amplification, "Deep End" is a fresh-picked apple for our eyes and ears (mostly held in our left hands).

Ivan Ladislav Galeta (Vinkovci, 1947) graduated in Visual Art at the Teachers’ Academy in Zagreb 1967, as well as in Pedagogy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb 1981. He headed the Multimedia Centre (MM) of the Students’ Centre in Zagreb (1987-1990) and founded and headed the Art Cinema Theatre of Filmoteka 16 (1991-1994). Since 1980 he has worked as guest lecturer at several European universities. Since 1979 he has presented his work in the form of lecture performances in galleries and museums. Since 1993 he has been working as a media specialist at Zagreb’s Fine Arts Academy, where he has been appointed Full Professor in 2007. He initiated the introduction of Animation Studies (2000) and New Media Studies (2004), which grew into respective Academy Departments. He has been making films since 1969 and video-works since 1975. Since 1973 he has exhibited objects-installations, photographs-installations, video and TV works, texts, sound installations, ambience interventions, ecological projects, actions etc.

He has received numerous awards (Paris, Oberhausen, Belgrade, Trieste, Novi Sad), among others a high order of the Ministry of Culture and Communications of the Republic of France in 1999.

His works were exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in Zagreb, Paris, Budapest, Barcelona, and Vienna; he has submitted his works to many festivals (Trieste, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Paris, and Bangkok) and renowned art events (16th Sao Paulo Biennale in 1981 or Documenta 12, Kassel 2007).

His works have been included in important local and international collections of contemporary art and film archives like the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatian Film Clubs’ Association, International Short Film Days Oberhausen and Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Ivan Ladislav Galeta lives and works in the village Kraj Gornji near Zagreb.

(D.H., 04.12.2012)