Rose Eken’s artistic practice extends into a variety of media, focusing on video-installation, drawing, embroidery and sculpture. Eken exploits the myths of rock ‘n’ roll in the creation of new narratives. Mythically charged props are re-staged and re-scaled as tiny cardboard models, which become evocative backdrops for fictional tales. Construct and reality meet in the metaphorical gap between the real world and intimate fantasy – between raw male guitar energy and a more fragile and feminine miniature universe. Eken’s models and sculptures are clearly handmade, a combination of meticulous craftsmanship and amateurish DIY style. Her rough, cartoony ceramics, fine large-scale embroideries of bands’ set lists and miniature reconstructions of legendary guitars or drum kits, are produced with an intensity and zeal that reflect the dedication and endurance that characterize making music.
Rose Eken (born 1976, Copenhagen, Denmark) holds a BA (Hons.) in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art and a Master of Arts from Royal College of Art, London. She has participated in residency programs worldwide and has exhibited internationally. Recent solo shows include: Forever is a Slow Moment, Charlotte Fogh Contemporary, Aarhus, Denmark;Tomorrow is a Long Time, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; and Sindet har Ingen Tid, Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen. Group exhibitions include: Thank You for the Music, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Enter II, Brandts Kunsthal, Odense, Denmark; Halleluhwah! Hommage á CAN, Galerie ABTART, Stuttgart, and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; and Berlin Klondyke, ODD Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada and Art Center Los Angeles (ACLA), USA. In March 2012 Eken will be exhibiting at Unspeakable Projects in San Francisco.
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Residents from Denmark
Sandra Dukic and Boris Glamocanin
Artist group Sandra Dukic & Boris Glamocanin work in the field of art activism in their home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After the Yugoslav wars, the Bosnian city of Ljubija was the most dramatic example of a marginalized community with a large population of people forgotten by their new government. The artists viewed this city in light of a long-term series of projects that would act as a setting for them to answer the question, “What will the future bring this country?” The project is envisaged to have a number of chapters in the series. First and foremost, Dukic & Glamocanin look to raise public awareness about Ljubija and its continued marginalization by the govenment. The most recent project in the series, Ljubija Kills, emerged from the study of and participation in activist and humanitarian work with women in the local community. Ljubija Kills raises questions, draws attention and opens a discussion as it gives a clear artistic attitude about the place where life ends and which currently has no positive platform for future development.
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Residents from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Marko Markovic’s work is interested in the transformation process between the individual and the masses; when an individual becomes a mass or when the mass becomes an individual. In doing so, he animates and includes audiences and/or other participants, working with varying age groups and socio-economic classes. Markovic’s work is socially engaged and directly involved with people and their needs, consciousness and social structure. He sees this as the best method to directly impact his public audience. Markovic’s work reflects current events and questions the structure of politics, economics, status and positions of inferiority and superiority. He uses a variety of media, including video, installation, performance and happenings.
Marko Markovic (born 1983, Osijek, Croatia) lives and works in Zagreb and graduated from the Art Academy in Split, Croatia in 2007. He has participated in exhibitions, workshops and festivals in Croatia, USA, Russia, Mexico, Finland, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Italy, Greece, Serbia and Austria. In 2011, he was awarded the Radoslav Putar Award for best young visual artist in Croatia by the Institute for Contemporary Art and the Young Visual Artists Awards. Markovic also works as the organizer of Days of Open Performance in Split and is the front man in a performative art punk band, Elijah and the Grain.