Maša Milovac

Forward Avanti! is an annualy curated production of a new site-specific work by a contemporary Croatian artist, in Svetvinčenat. It aims to further develop contemporary Croatian new media practice by supporting the artist’s experimental and exploratory process while connecting with the local art scene of Svetvinčenat, and also to decentralize it and build up it’s visibility as well as the presence of (new media) artworks in smaller communities that lack continuous institutional support. This production programme is envisaged as giving the artist financial and curatorial support in realization of his/hers new work. Nina Kurtela is the first artist selected for the programme because of her previous specific work and artistic approach in relation to social context. While she had stayed in Svetvinčenat for a couple of times during the year, Nina participated in different local customs and ceremonies and events, and also communicated with the local people. She conceived a new work based on her research, one which raises questions on the relation of the artistic space and social rituals, human/nature coexistence while clearing the borders between private and public, visible and invisible, which was presented on an Artist talk held in Svetvinčenat, last November.

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