Artistic Ecologies Every Day

Vlatka Horvat, Marina Naprushkina

Gallery Nova, Teslina 7, Zagreb

curated by: Ana Dević/WHW 

Friday, 09/09/2022, Conversation with artists and guided tour 19.30h

Exhibition opening: 20.00h

Gallery hours: Tue– Fri 12–20h; Saturday: 11–14h 

Artistic Ecologies Every Day initiates a dialogue between two artists – Vlatka Horvat and Marina Naprushkina – whose distinctive practices bridge practical and speculative, personal and political, artistic and activist sensibilities. Using a wide range of interdisciplinary and collaborative formats, both artists work to reconfigure social and physical limitations in their immediate surroundings. The exhibition brings together their recent and newly produced works across painting, installation, photography and video, including also a workshop framed as part of the project. Artistic Ecologies Every Day refers to “an ecology of practice” that Isabelle Stengers defines as “a tool for thinking through what is happening” – a tool that is “never neutral”. The exhibition approaches artistic ecologies as a process involving actions one does every day. These actions – in the form of small gestures, personal rituals and self-imposed tasks, become provisional tools and strategies relevant for wider communities.

Marina Naprushkina works largely outside institutional spaces, in cooperation with communities and activist organizations. At Gallery Nova she is exhibiting a newly produced series of colorful large-scale paintings Birds with the People (2022), inspired by maljavanka – traditional amateur paintings created by women’s communities in Belarus, Ukraine and Poland, intended to decorate domestic spaces. Reinterpreting this format, Naprushkina combines motifs of traditional folklore with references to the wave of ongoing anti-regime protests in Belarus in 2020 and 2021 which have not stopped for a single day since. She is also showing a series of prints – Every Day, School Books and a video Future (2020), all of which speak to the emancipatory struggles – ongoing protests, rallies, and strikes – which embody mutual support and solidarity.

Vlatka Horvat works across sculpture, installation, drawing, performance, photography, video and writing. Her work in a variety of contexts often explores generative possibilities of limitations. Self-imposed restrictions, as well as those already operating in particular contexts, sites and circumstances, become guiding principles for her projects which aim to transform the everyday and the habitual. Amplifying what’s already there – as a way of drawing attention to what is currently happening as well as hinting at the possibility of it being otherwise, Horvat’s works invite the viewer to look more closely at the relation between different agents; human and non-human, animate and inanimate.  Horvat is exhibiting a newly produced project titled Ways Across (2022), an ongoing series of photographs documenting makeshift bridges made of found sticks and planks, which she has been chancing upon on her daily walks in a small woods. In the downstairs space, Horvat is showing her recent video Until the Last of Our Labours Is Done (2021), which explores the interaction of human beings, objects and the natural world. The work zooms in on the process of journeying, revealed here as an impossible endeavor whose destination is always both unknown and apparently out of reach. The exhibition will also include Horvat’s new sculptural/collage works and her 2022 artist book To See Stars over Mountains, which gathers 365 works on paper she has made one per day over the course of a year.

Based on an ecological approach to the materiality of artistic production, both artists make use of cheap and readily available materials, bodily gestures, vernacular forms and collaborative and care-full practices. Aimed at revealing and reconfiguring the limitations and violence of existing social structures and systems, the exhibition re-imagines relations within those systems, resisting their extractivist logic. The dialogue between the artists explores and reinvents the field of art both as a place of refuge and as a space for new alliances.

The exhibition Artistic Ecologies Every Day is the first event within the project Artistic Ecologies: New Compasses, Tools and Alliances which WHW recently initiated in collaboration with the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam and Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit.

Projection of the videos Until the Last of Our Labours Is Done by Vlatka Horvat and Future by Marina Naprushkina is supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.

Marina Naprushkina will hold a workshop at Živi atelje with Women to Women Collective on September 8th.  

‍BIOS:

Vlatka Horvat is an artist working across a wide range of forms and media, from sculpture, installation, drawing, collage and photography to performance, video, writing and publishing. Reconfiguring space and social relations at play in it, her projects often rework the precarious relationship between bodies, objects, materials, the built environment and landscape. Horvat’s work has been shown internationally in a variety of contexts – in museums and galleries, performance venues and festivals and in public space – and is held in many public and private collections. Born in Croatia, she moved to the US as a teenager and spent twenty years there. She currently lives in London, and teaches in the Fine Art department at Central Saint Martins / University of the Arts London. www.vlatkahorvat.com

Marina Naprushkina is an artist, feminist and activist. Her diverse artistic practice includes video, performance, drawings, installation, and text. Naprushkina is mostly working outside of institutional spaces, in cooperation with communities and activist organizations. Naprushkina is focusing on creating new formats, structures, and organizations based on self-organization overlap in theory and practice. In 2007 Naprushkina founded the Office for Anti Propaganda, which concentrates on power structures in nation-states. In 2013 Naprushkina started the initiative Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit, which grew to be one of the largest initiatives in Berlin and built up a strong community of people with and without migrant and refugee backgrounds. Naprushkina was awarded the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture (2017) and the Sussmann Artist Award (2015). She participated a.o. at the Kyiv Biennale (2017), the 7th Berlin Biennale (2011), 11th International Istanbul Biennale (2009). Naprushkina teaches at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

The program is supported by: 

European Commission’s Creative Europe program
City Office for Culture, International Relations and Civil Society 

Croatian Audiovisual Centre
Foundation for Arts Initiatives
Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia
Kultura Nova Foundation
Kontakt Collection / ERSTE Foundation

Timeline

WHW

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Exhibition
Marwa Arsanios, Željko Beljan, Marina Naprushkina, Rupali Patil, Dan Perjovschi, Selma Selman, Marko Tadić, Cecilia Vicuña
Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU), Zagreb
Conference
Kohei Saito, Françoise Vergès, Roland Ngam, Karin Doolan, Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Paul Stubbs, Marwa Arsanios, Pablo Martinez, faridrakun (ruangrupa), Alexandra Köves
Zagreb trade fair, Youth Center Ribnjak, HDLU, Zagreb
Discussion
Marina Naprushkina
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Pablo Martinez, Adelita Husni Bey
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Marina Naprushkina
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Yael Davis
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Summer School
Pablo Martinez, Marina Naprushkina, Gleb Amankulov, Larissa Araz, Kemil Bekteši, Klara Burić, Katja Crevar, Aria Farajnezhad, Đejmi Hadrović, Hu Yun, Mari Kalabegashvili, Ivana Mirchevska, Jelisaveta Rapaić, Rita Süveges
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Zbyněk Baladrán
Online
Exhibition
Vlatka Horvat, Marina Naprushkina
Gallery Nova, Teslina 7, Zagreb

Rijksakademie

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Residency
Mirte Hartland, Poetry Circle, Rijksakademie
Rijksakademie
Residency
Reza Afisina (Arts Collaboratory guest resident), Rijksakademie
Rijksakademie
Exhibition
Rijksakademie
Lecture
Taita Hernando Chindoy in collaboration with artists Milena Bonilla and Ana Cristina Rodriguez Muñoz
Rijksakademie
Workshop
Pablo Martinez, Jose Salas, Chad Cordeiro, Fransisca Angela, Hamo Salein, Elke Uitenthuis, Ramia Suleiman, Wes Mapes, Ratu Saraswati, Rijksakademie, Framer Framed
Framer Framed
Exhibition
Wouter van der Laan, Esther Meijer, We Sell Reality, Elke Uitentuis - Rijksakademie Social Practice Workshop
Framer Framed
Residency
Peng Zhang
Rijksakademie
Residency
Arts Collaboratory members and Rijksakademie residents
Rijksakademie
Workshop
Wouter van der Laan, Esther Meijer, We Sell Reality
Rijksakademie

NNM

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Workshop
Dušan Rodić
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Edoardo Micheli
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Josias Scharf
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Alungoo Xatan, Dior Thiam, etaïnn zwer, Frances Breden
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Residency
Rupali Patil
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Alina Dzeravianka and Sveta Husakova
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Lecture
Daniela Medina Poch, Raras Umaratih, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Lena Pozdnyakova and Eldar Tagi
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Mariam Agamian, Ju Bavyka, Masha Beketova, Timur V. and Galka Yarmanova
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Hubert Gromny, Kelly Krugman, Mokia Laisin, Lia Milanesio
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Lecture
Marta Sala, Batoul Sedawi, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Lahya Aukongo, Amora C.Bosco, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Improvisation Group / Maddi Fuente Ubani, Cristina Leoni-Osion, Biljiana Pais, Lena Pozdnyakova, Cristina Viegas
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Sofia Ocherednaya, Betül Torlak, Kasia Wojcik and Yasemin Altınay
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Exhibition
Zinzi Buchanan, Inky Lee, Daniela Medina Poch, and Meghna Singh
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Galina Yarmanova, Jahia La Sangoma, Marianna Szczygielska, Sybille Neumeyer and Svitlana Shymko
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Biljana Pais
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Pubic Talk, Workshop
Alina Dzeravianka, Sveta Husakova
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Jelena Fužinato, Bojana Fužinato and Endi Tupja
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Cam-Anh Luong and Roland Sookias
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Edoardo Micheli
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Rupali Patil
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Greta Cazzola and Nicola
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Podcast
Florine Schüschke, Eleni Tsamadia, Alina Dzeravianka, Marina Naprushkina, Agnieszka Kilian, Rupali Patil, Galina Yarmanova, Marianna Szczygielska, Svitlana Shymko, Jahia La Sangoma, Sybille Neumeyer, Shane Monro, Biljana País, Sofia Ocherednaya, Betül Torlak, Kasia Wojcik, COVEN BERLIN, Marta Sala, Sveta Husakova, Cyrille Cartier, Saša Kralj, Lahya Aukongo, Amora C.Bosco, Mariam Agamian, Dorota Blaszczak, Cheong Kin Man, Marta Sala, Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Hubert Gromny, Kelly Krugman, Mokia Laisin, Lia Milanesio, Jelena Fužinato, Bojana Fužinato, Sveta Husakova
Berlin and online