May 10, 2019
Opening of the exhibition "Place of intermittent departures" at the Venice Biennale
May 10, 2019

Following the opening of the exhibition presenting Croatia at the 58th International Exhibition of Visual Arts on Thursday, May 9, 2019, Minister of Culture, Ph.D. Nina Obuljen Koržinek attended the opening of the exhibition "Place of Intermittent Departures", which is the result of an international project by the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Art Gallery and the City of Venice.

The exhibition presents the City of Dubrovnik for the first time during the 58th Venice Biennale in the Tesa space at Arsenal, with Dubrovnik artists Izvor Pende, Slaven Tolj and Marijana Pende exhibiting their work. This continues the cooperation of the two sister cities, and promotes Dubrovnik as a city aware of its contemporary art scene, which values ??the current artistic moment.

The exhibition was opened by Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic, pointing out that it is of utmost importance for the City of Dubrovnik, which is being presented for the first time at the Venice Biennale. Director of the Dubrovnik Art Gallery Tonko Smokvina and curator Jelena Tamindžija spoke about the exhibition's layout and concept.

The set exhibition questions the creation of meta-narratives and methods of domesticating problems and stereotyping and simplifying complicated historical truths with a view to controlling them.

The layered work of these authors escapes the clear definition and conscious questioning of one's own background and artistic practice. Their works are kept on the border between binary oppositions figuratively / abstractly, sculpture / object, performance / situation, artwork / drawing of a child, questioning the power of the border as a place of provocation of the established divisions. The exhibition will be open until November 24, 2019.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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