Curator: Leila Mehulić
Catalogue written by: Leila Mehulić
Designers: Nika Pavlinek and Aleksandar Kovač
Display concept by: Nika Pavlinek and Goran Trbuljak
Radnička Gallery, 14 July 2015 — 2 September 2015
Exhibition funded by Marijan Hanžeković
In 1985. Mio Vesović made Rosebud - a series of twelve black and white photographs of a nude man flogging his penis with a thorny stem. Twenty-four years later he repeated the action. Rosebud and Rosebud II are works that bear numerous discourses. They both represent a resistance against the dominant model of male heroism, Oedipus' imprisonment in the closed cycle of constant tension with no possibility of relief, and a comment on the desperate circumstances of the post-socialist Balkans, where a ritual of bodily mutilation makes it's protagoinist a contemporary martyr who thus expresses his resistance against the authority of political and economic elites.