Miran Blažek builds his work as recorded time of the constant quest for the meaning of the ordinary things we interact with in everyday life in order to build personal, emotional and mental caches of images. In his work there is a series of symbols which constitutes an open story where the words do not meet the needs of visual representation. His works function through traces which indicate that they derived from painting.
Born in 1983 in Osijek, Croatia, Miran Blažek graduated with a BA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb in 2006 and completed his postgraduate studies in 2012 at Fine Arts Academy, Ljubljana. Since 2011 he has served as an external assistant in drawing classes at the Art Academy in Osijek. His selected soho exhibitions include Monochrome, Waldinger Gallery, Osijek, Whirlpool, CEKAO Gallery, Zagreb and Whirlpool the lost paintings at Kazamat Gallery, Osijek. Selected group exhibitions include T-THTaward@MSU, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagheb; Tu smo 3 (We are here 3) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Pula; Radoslav Putar Award, Finals at Galzenica Gallery, Velika Gorica; Osijek-Pecuch/Eszek-Pecs, Nador Gallery, Pecs; Meeting point, Arab; The Essl Art Award, Glyptotheque, Zagreb and FONA, Kortil Gallery Rijeka.
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Residents from Croatia
Anna Franceschini primarily works with film and video, deploying the moving image and our relationship with the cinematic language to scrutinize specific places as metaphors of the human condition. Her films and her video installations often consist of a slow and prolonged investigation of objects, spaces and activities: most of the time the camera is almost static, although occasionally limited movements are allowed, and then they recycle, as if the act of filming happened in a loop. For Franceschini, the moving image is the space for silent, meditative observation of reality: a space almost totally emptied of the human presence, where time becomes tangible.
Anna Franceschini (born 1979) lives and works in Amsterdam and Brussels. In 2006 she graduated from IULM University in Milan and in 2010 completed a residency at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited and awarded in prestigious festivals including the Locarno Film Festival, Torino Film Festival and Milano Film Festival. Her work has been presented in recent solo exhibitions at Peep Hole, Milan; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld; Kiosk, Ghent and in several international group exhibitions. Her work is part of public collections at the Musée National d’Art Moderne/ Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and MACRO Museum, Rome.
Residents from Italy
Andrés Ramírez Gaviria
Informed by processes of translation and transference, and building on the forms, figures, and discourses of art, design, and technology, Andrés Ramírez Gaviria’s work addresses such disparate, even contradictory, notions as autonomy and communication. Through the interaction of forms and connections, Gaviria’s work emphasizes moments of discord and dialogue between the constantly changing perspective of historical references and an experiential notion of the contemporary.
Andrés Ramírez Gaviria (born 1975 Bogotá) lives and works in Vienna, Austria. His work has been exhibited in BA – CA Kunstforum, Vienna; Kunsthaus Graz; Kunsthaus Dresden; Caribbean Biennial, Santo Domingo; Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo; Arte Camara – ArtBo, Bogotá; the ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Sonambiente, Berlin and Transmediale, Berlin.