Iva Kontic

A Place of... is an interwoven "portrait" between the living-space and the interior agents and desires which lead everyday individual life dynamic. In the form of installation, it consists of a series of seven paintings and an audio registration.
The work has its starting point in a visit that the artist made to the apartment of one of her family members who immigrated to America. Unfurnished and reduced to essential, the flat looked like an office-home unit, almost void of the intimate, despite the fact the person had been living there for many years. The artist asked him to "document" photographically his flat and to auto-register his thoughts on his flat and on his relationship to it.

The painting series represents fragmented views of the apartmet's interior. They combine a realist, documentary- like style with photographic collage, which appears in a form of minimal insertions. Mainly images of architectures and landscapes found on the Internet, the photographs show places connected to personal memory yet generally familiar, belonging to our "mediatic" memory. Similarly, the interiors are intersected by different depictions - as paintings-inside-paintings - representing from idyllic urban skylines, to visions of bombed city, stormed landscapes, or inflamed buildings. The incertions present symbolical and evasive moments, which take off the viewer's experience from the tautological features of the depicted space.

The paintings are accompanied by an audio registration to be listened via MP3 player with headphones while watching the paintings and walking through the exposition space. Divided in seven brief stories, the audio presents an interior monologue narrated by a voice of middle-aged men, in English with a foreign accent. As it tries to converge the viewer’s attention to the point of departure, the apartment itself, the audio’s narrative opens the work’s topic to a broader set of ideas. By describing his attitude to the flat, the reasons for its emptiness and its highly functional logic, as well as his emotional disattachment from it, the man confines his views of what “home” might mean and how one’s sense of belonging and displacement gets externalized through the way one deals with proper living space.

A Place of...

painting + sound installation

series of 7 paintings: acrylic and collageon on
canvas, various dimensions;
audio registration: language: Engliish, 10:24 min
audable on MP3 with headphones while walking through
exposition space

“Place of ...” 2010

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