My reaction to an old abondonned English quarry on Svalbard/Spitzbergen, N, resulted with the documentation of four interventions in snow. The quarry and some machines were perfectly preserved due to the constantly very low temperatures.
The archipelago was known as „No man`s land“ and the land was claimed by placing claim signs with owners name.
With the words GREED-SPEED-FIRE-HISTORY I tried to define their impetus and reason for coming on such unfriendly and inaccessible place and give a critique from a historical distance.
TOMISLAV BRAJNOVIC, 2009
STATEMENT / Tomislav Brajnovic
Recognition and reaction to the context, location of the neuralgic points, the use of the local visual, symbolic and other ‘language’, exploration of the art scene and it’s critical frame are the main determinants of my artistic activity. In the same time it’s a search for a human dimension and ‘spiritual gravity’, natural speed of life and balance between the human, the nature and God.
I understand art as a field inseparable from our beliefs, thoughts and deeds that are mainly determined by the place and time of birth. The place and time of birth create and form our consciousness and personality; our nationality, religion, customs and language depend upon them.
To raise ourselves from the level ground and to envisage critically our own position means to change ourselves.
By changing place we are changing the formative context of our individuality. Buddhas of Bamiyan, Pregate per la pace and Wooden Angel form a video trilogy (2003 – 2005) that is most characteristic for my work and my position as an artist. In those works I superimpose the spiritual value above the material, artistic, historical, archeological or any other added value. Redefinition and revision of art history, questioning of the position of art and artist himself in the contemporary society, the importance of the “person” of the artist and the problem of the human “ego” are some of the topics and issues I am adressing in my most recent work and thoughts.
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