1/ 2/ 3, Zagreb, 2019.
72 pages, 16,5 x 23,5 cm
bilingual (Croatian / English), softcover
Publisher: Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Texts: Ksenia Nouril, Matej Knežević, Miroslav Pišonić, Janka Vukmir
Translations: Zana Šaškin, Janka Vukmir, Ema Gomerčić,
Petar M. Mihočević
Matej Knežević is the recipient of the Radoslav Putar Award in 2017.
His exhibition Some Visceral Things accompanied with this book
was integral part of the Award with the residency program in the
“The framework of a publication such as this one seems to be a fresh
alternative space for introspection and a critical reflection towards
my own art practice. Looking at the documentation of previous
projects, some artistic motivational lines can be confirmed: seeking
typical situations and redirecting them to alternative narratives,
with personal humor and experiment, and thinking about the
viewer’s position in relation to the work. How to lean on this idea in
this form and move away from classical retrograde and
monographic presentation of work? This problem amused me, as
the polygon for conceptual intervention was opened.” M. K.
“The recent work of conceptual artist Matej Knežević confronts the
viewer with environments that feel eerily familiar but appear
strikingly different. This essay explores the visual strategies and
psychological underpinnings in Knežević’s practice, which
approaches the sites of our everyday lives with a renewed sense of
humor and playfulness.” K. N.
„Matej is a doctor who prescribed art as therapy for himself.“ M.P.
Ksenia Nouril is a Philadelphia-based art historian, curator, and
writer specializing in global modern and contemporary art. She is
the Jensen Bryan Curator at The Print Center. She was the
Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) Fellow at the
MoMA, a co-editor of and contributor to the online platform
post.at.moma.org and the book Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central
and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology (MoMA/Duke University
Press, 2018). Ksenia holds an M.A. and PhD in Art History from
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Matej Knežević is a visual artist.
Miroslav Pišonić is an artist and curator. Since 2006 he has been
employed at Nova Gradiška City Museum. Through artistic practice,
he has exhibited his artwork at multiple collective and solo
Janka Vukmir is an art historian, art critic and curator. She is a Co
founder and a President of the Institute for Contemporary Art.