Past Resident2013: Foundation for a Civil Society
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.
Events & Exhibitions
Past Resident2013: Italian Cultural Institute of New York
Francesco Arena’s works originates from Italian history, in particular from the political and social facts that characterize the recent past. Events that have often been hidden or ‘hushed up’ gain a new life through the synthetic and metaphorical forms of his sculptures.
Francesco Arena (born 1978) lives and works in Cassano delle Murge, Bari. His work has been shown in the solo exhibitions 2012 Trittico 57, Museion, Bolzano; Orizzonte con riduzione di Mare, Monitor, Roma; Com’è piccola Milano, Peep Hole, Milano; Art Statement, Art Basel 2010 and Teste, Fondazione Ermanno Casoli, Fabriano. He also has taken part in several group exhibitions including: 2012 The Revolution Must Be Made Little By Little |Part 2: The Squaring of the Circle, Galeria Raquel Arnaud, Sao Paolo; Sotto la Strada la Spiaggia, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino; 2011 Il bel paese dell’arte, GAMEC, Bergamo; Pleure qui peu rit qui veut – Premio Furla, Palazzo Pepoli, Bologna; Contemporary Art in the Evolving City, organized by Nomas Foundation and IMF Foundation, Roma and Practicing Memory – In the Time of an All–engaging Present, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella. In 2009, Arenae won the Premio Ermanno Casoli Prize and in 2011 he was shortlisted for Premio Furla Prize.
Past Resident2013: Teorema
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.