Artist in Residency: Marina Marković
Curator in Residency: MajaĆirić
Date: 21st of October, 2015, 8 pm
Triangulation is a self-organized, short-term reciprocal residency for artists and curators from Albania, Serbia and Montenegro, initiated by ZMUC http://www.zmuc.org/ in order to stimulate the regional cultural and artistic exchange within the West Balkans. The modules of the project are founded on the premise that in a meaningful exchange of ideas two always become three and that the third entity is capable of breaking the condition of hermeticism.
In practice, this means that an artist and a curator from one country visit another country (Albania, Montenegro and Serbia) and collaborate with a local artist or curator. The goal of the project is to increase the visibility of contemporary art in the region, especially because of the art’s inherent ability to create alternative knowledge.
Serbian artist Marina Marković and independent curator Maja Ćirić will be taking part in the first residency, in Tirana, Albania in collaboration with Zeta Galeri http://www.qendrazeta.com/ from 16-23 October under the title Edge. The project will have a dynamic, relational character and will consist of discussions, studio visits and a final presentation that will include the artist's talk and a performance.
Marina Marković is known for reconsidering the notions of gender and related vulnerablity of the female position within the West Balkans. This project is considering the edges of interpretation based on misunderstandings of complex cultural narratives, Inspired by the ideas from the book The State Where We Do Not Die, by Ornela Vorpsi, an Albanian writer. Triangulation Edge is also an examination of the place of intimacy and dignity within the society.
Marina Marković (born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1983) graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts of the Belgrade University of Arts. Since 2006 she has exhibited widely in personal and group exhibitions throughout Serbia, the United States, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico and beyond. A Fellow of the Young Visual Artist Award and Dimitrije Basicevic Mangelos Award for 2011, Markovic co-founded and regularly collaborates.
Following the logic of temporary settlements and bottom-up, organic approach – assuming that dislocation always plays a crucial role in art, Movable residencies encourage artists and cultural workers to travel, live and work in different countries in the region while building an original distributed production model with relevant and contemporary content. An inherently European interdisciplinary model is intertwined with the Roma nomadic and Balkan trans-national cultural heritage to bring together artists, students, thinkers, cultural workers and first-time audiences to residencies in Albania, Montenegro, and Serbia.
Today international residency programs represent an integral part of art practice. Residencies function as important but often unseen agents of change. They are the catalysts for artistic growth and dialogue. Hosts, guests, peers, and the public, explore and share knowledge and experience that cross borders and different cultures. Through residency programs and their outcomes, artistic resources are both accumulated and distributed, and local host communities involved and changed.
Cross-border exchange and interaction between artists and cultural workers remains low in the region and broader contemporary realities are rarely reflected and acted upon through the means of art. The purpose of our long term regional project Movable residencies/Mobile colonies is to support transnational circulation of works, incite and facilitate a direct exchange of ideas and experiences in the interdisciplinary and experimental art practice in the Balkans. Art residencies are sought as a vehicle in improving the situation by building up long-term regional audiences for European cultural products and as a helping hand to participating young artists develop international careers.
ZMUC, Zeta Center and Za Druga has operated an informal regional network Movable Residencies since 2010 making it possible for 71 artists to produce art work at regional residency sites. This artwork was shared in 37 public presentations and readings, exhibitions and concerts in 7 countries and 23 cities and local communities.