Irena Lagator Pejović, Izvan sjećanja • 2007–2008, knjiga-objekat, 21 x 17 x 9,5 cm;
Art Gallery „Nadežda Petrović” in Čačak invites you to the opening of the exhibition
April 6th, 6pm
with the opening speech by Branislav Dimitrijević & Mirjana Šijačić-Nikolić
Curated by Patrycja Ryłko and Julka Marinković
The exhibition is part of the program Laureates of the Memorial as part of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nadežda Petrović.
Expanses of Love, Irena Lagator's solo exhibition, features a diverse selection of the artist's recent works, including new artivist commissions. Both thematically and spatially, the research-based works deal with Inflation, Labor and Knowledge. It addresses the complexities and contradictions of today's situation, in which we can no longer deny that a critical economic and environmental breakthrough is now of the utmost urgency.
Irena Lagator Pejović directly addresses each of these issues through relation of history to contemporaneity and the insertion of both her own and other people's very personal experiences while unpacking the storytelling we have grown accustomed to. She gives more voice to the transdisciplinary perspectives, societal transitions, as well as knowledge protective towards the environment. Lagator reveals the growing tension between social responsibility of the community exchange and natural resources versus widely accepted political agencies built on toxic, heteropatriarchal mechanisms that promote inequality in the distribution of information, labor, money, and natural deposit.
In a broader sense, the exhibition has been conceived in relation to the concept and process of the book as the most magnificent human invention, depository and transmitter of knowledge, but also a witness and mediator of its paradoxical instrumentalization. In a more narrow sense, the exhibition sets out from the work “After memory” (2007), which received the award at the 24th Nadežda Petrović Memorial. As this work questions several layers of meaning – aspects of remembrance of the life and work of Nadežda Petrović, contemporary history, art, and economy – the exhibition refers to the specificities and contexts of the Yugoslavian self-governing and post-Yugoslavian transition region. For the exhibition title Expanses of Love, the artist takes as one of the points of reference the literary schoolwork contest book from 1985 on the topic of the National Liberation movement in Yugoslavia, greater equality and solidarity, a bridge of human to human in the name of freedom. One of its texts, for example, was written by a real-life primary schoolgirl. She shares a reflection on what she would do if she were Ronald Reagan. She fearlessly imagines a time without conflicts, wars, boundaries, or struggles. Nevertheless, given our recent history and, more importantly, the reality of today, with the rising cost of living and the constantly present wars, it seems extremely far away and unattainable to achieve her innocent childlike yearning, courage, and light.
Not only does Irena Lagator consider multiple perspectives and voices and make them visible with the artist means, in a conceptually rigorous and contextually expansive ways, but most importantly, she offers actual models of alternative economies for unemployed people or defined solutions for reversing the winding spiral of ecological collapse through grassroots small initiatives, such as possibility of planting specific plantsto extract heavy metals from the soil and polluted areas. In her engaged approach, Lagator presents these materialized stories in a genuine presence of the concerns of our time..
Opening of the exhibition EXPANSES OF LOVE takes place on the day of commemoration of the Nazi bombing of the National Library of Serbia, on April 6, 1941. On that occasion, over 600.000 books, manuscripts, charters, documents, newspapers, periodicals… were destroyed.
Monika Lajš Kisl Two Cities – Lady Reason and the Writing of History, April 19th, 6pm
Toni Hildebrandt Dreaming Forward – Categories of Non-linear and Non-circular Time,May 19th, 6pm
Nacionalna biblioteka Crne Gore ,,Đurđe Crnojević“, Cetinje
Biblioteke ,,Braća Nastasijević“, Gornji Milanovac
Narodna biblioteka, Kruševac
Gradska biblioteka ,,Vladislav Petković Dis“, Čačak
Međuopštinski istorijski arhiv, Čačak
Centralna banka Crne Gore, Podgorica
VG Group, Podgorica
Narodna Banka Srbije – centar za posetioce, Beograd
Art at Work izložba Muzej Savremene Umetnosti (MG+MSUM), Ljubljana
No Border Craft group, Ljubljana
Prof. dr Mirjana Šijačić-Nikolić, Šumarski fakultet
Univerziteta u Beogradu
Prof. dr Snežana Belanović-Simić, Šumarski fakultet
Univerziteta u Beogradu
Irena Lagator Pejović is an artist and art theorist. Her post-media art practice is research and process-oriented. She is interested in unnoticeable and paradoxical situations, linguistic and systemic constructions of our globalized age, which seemingly appear irrelevant. By analysing them, as well as the relations between images and language, individual and collective experiences, she creates rhizomatic references for critical understanding of contemporary society and culture, showing that art can be a relevant social activity in shaping the future. By addressing significant matters of our time concerning the environment, biopolitics, system instability, memory and history, her work deals with issues of social responsibility and its visibility and functionality in everyday life. By encouraging the audience to participate and feel empathy for those topics, she is interested in sensitized and engaged reflection upon the structures and systems that are shaping our lives and senses, while pointing to the possibilities to overcome their limitations.
She has exhibited internationally since 2000 at exhibitions such as: Collections For A Solidary Future, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (KGLU), Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia, curators: Nada Baković, Marina Čelebić, Anita Ćulafić, Natalija Vujošević, Katarina Hergold Germ, Andreja Hribernik (2022–2023); Art at Work. At the Crossroads Between Utopianism and (In)Dependence, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM), Ljubljana, Slovenia, curated by Zdenka Badovinac, Ana Mizerit, Bojana Piškur, Igor Španjol, (2022-2023). She also exhibited at the 18th Tallinn Print Triennial Warm. Checking Temperature in Three Acts, Tallinn, KAI Art Centre, curated by Róna Kopeczky, (2022); there are also following exhibitions: 100 Years of the Bauhaus Contextualization and Re-Contextualization of the Bauhaus in The Yugoslav Art Space, Faculty of Architecture and Goethe Institute Belgrade, curated by Miško Šuvaković (2019); D´une Méditerranée, l´autre – FRAC – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille, France, curated by Francesco Bonami, Emanuela Mazzonis, Pascal Neveux, Ricardo Vazquez (2017); Normalities, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, NY, curated by Marko Lulić and Christine Moser (2016); Fiery Greetings, A representative portrait of childhood in socialist Yugoslavia, Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade / Lothringer13 – Städtische Kunsthalle München curated by Ana Adamović (2015); The Sea is My Land – Artisti dal Mediterraneo, the Milan Triennial, the Design Museum (Milan) and the MAXXI: National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome), curated by Francesco Bonami, Emanuela Mazzonis (2013, 2014); Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013); Untitled (History), 12th Istanbul Biennial, curated by Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann (2011); 24th Memorial Nadežda Petrović, Transforming Memory. The Politics of Images, curator Astrid Wege (2007) ...
Irena represented Montenegro with her solo exhibition Image Think at the 55th International Art Exhibition – the Venice Biennale, curated by Nataša Nikčević (2013). Other important solo shows include: Blurred Landscapes at the Petrović Njegoš Foundation and the Center for Contemporary Art of Montenegro in cooperation with the Laboratory of Art Collections of Non-Aligned Countries, Podgorica, Montenegro, curated by Karolina Majewska-Güde (2022); The Society of Unlimited Responsibility, Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Belgrade, curated by Dejan Sretenovic and Una Popovic (2012); Limited Responsibility Society, Villa Pacchiani, Pisa, curated by Ilaria Mariotti (2012); What We Call Real, Atelier DADO, National Museum of Montenegro (2008)…
Her works are the subject of public and private collections such as: Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Museum of Contemporary Art of Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka; the National Bank of Serbia - Museum of Money, Belgrade; Art Gallery “Nadežda Petrović“, Čačak; National Museum of Montenegro, National Library of Montenegro, Cetinje; FRAC, Marseille, France; The Broken Archive - a project by Villa Romana in Florence and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin. In addition to other international and domestic awards, she received the UNESCO Prize for Visual Arts (2002) and Nadežda Petrović Memorial Award at the 24th Memorial Nadežda Petrović in Čačak (2007). She was an artist in residence at numerous international venues such as the Neue Galerie in Graz (2006) and Viafarini in Milan (2007).
Biografija Patricije Rilko
Patrycja Ryłko received her master's degree both in Art History from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and in curatorial studies from the Royal College of Art in London. She participated in the 5th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course. Ryłko has finished her internship at Matt's Gallery (London), the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice), the Venice Biennale (the British Pavilion), the Hunt Kastner Gallery (Prague) and Vermelho Gallery (São Paulo). She has curated shows at the Space Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in Astana, the Lajevardi Collection in Tehran, the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales in Havana, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, among other locations. In 2011-2017, she was the curator of exhibitions at the Gdańsk City Gallery 2/Gdańsk, where she curated solo exhibitions of Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jeremy Deller, Yinka Shonibare, Slavs and Tatars and Julita Wójcik, among others. In 2015, Ryłko founded the art film production company Pink Galapagos.