Curator: Leila Mehulić
Catalogue written by: Leila Mehulić and Janka Vukmir
Designer: Igor Kuduz
Kranjčar Gallery, 2 July 2015 — 11 July 2015
The exhibition of works by Nan Hoover and Sandro Đukić is a reflection and a segment of the dialogue that has continued throughout most of Sandro’s life. It first started at the academy in Düsseldorf, grown into a friendship, and still exists today in the shape of Sandro’s devoted archiving of his mentor’s work. Sandro’s combination of displayed pieces is a series of ontological associations – the position of the physical, mortal being and his capability of transcendence. Sandro creates a dualist counterpoint, a narrative which begins in the Dutch Masters hall at Kunsthistorisches Museum. The contemplative performance King’s Gambit, performed in the Dutch masters hall with Slaven Tolj, refers to the position of Habsburg emperors and mirrors the condition of a sceptical individual in a mercantile world. In several photographs from the hall, Sandro compresses human ambitions and the human downfall – exile from Paradise, lovers in a tavern and hunting prey cadavers, loan sharks and a surveillance camera. Next to the contemplative martyr, Massys’s Jeremiah, he installs an eclipse (an optical illusion created by way of a specific shooting angle) – as introduction to the dialogue with Nan Hoover who, following in the footsteps of the old masters, painted with light.
Experimenting with sources of light, Hoover and her videos, performances and photographs dematerialised the carnal world and embodied a spirit which dwells beyond and inside of it. Her ethereal signature and Sandro’s logic interweave eternally throught common themes – constructions and deconstructions of perceptive illusions, position of a man in space and their inevitable disappearance.
Sandro also included an homage to Nan – a video of the Still Movement performance, conducted as part of the exhibition Pacific Standard Time.
In focused slow motion, Sandro slows down the passage of time.