MATEJ KNEŽEVIĆ: 1/ 2/ 3 book promotion

Friday, January 18, 2019 @7:00 p.m.Institute for Contemporary Art
Trg kralja Tomislava 20, 10000 Zagreb

| You are kindly invited to the promotion of our new publication
Matej Knežević: 1/ 2/ 3

+ Matej Knežević is the recipient of the Radoslav Putar 2017 Award. His exhibition Some Visceral Things, on the account of which this publication has been prepared, made an integral part of the Award, alongside with the famous two-month stay at the Residency Unlimited and a seat at the jury of the 2018 Award. As a part of the Award, the exhibition also bears a presumption that the residential sojourn in the U.S. would cause something new to the artist, some new experience he did not have before which will clearly reflect itself in his further work.

Exactly that reflection is presented in this book, in which the authors of the texts are
KseniaNouril, Matej Knežević, Miroslav Pišonić and Janka Vukmir.
Graphic design is also signed by Matej Knežević.

| “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.

1/ 2/ 3, Zagreb, 2019.
ISBN: 978-953-8027-09-3
72 pages, 16,5 x 23,5 cm
bilingual (Craotaian / English), softcover
Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Ksenia Nouril, Matej Knežević, Miroslav Pišonić and Janka Vukmir
Zana Šaškin, Janka Vukmir, Ema Gomerčić, Petar M. Mihočević
Graphic design: Matej Knežević

| 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, a nonprofit devoted to the growth and understanding of photography and printmaking as vital contemporary arts. From January 2015 to September 2017, she was the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) Fellow for Central and Eastern European Art at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she served as a co-editor of and contributor to the online platform post: notes on modern and contemporary art from around the globe ( 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. She has collaborated on exhibitions and programs with the Bruce Museum (Greenwich, CT), Lower East Side Print Shop (New York, NY), Moderna Galerija (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Momenta Art (Brooklyn, NY), NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY), Residency Unlimited (Brooklyn, NY), State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia), and Zimmerli Art Museum (New Brunswick, NJ) as well as published texts in numerous international exhibition catalogues and magazines, including The Calvert Journal, Institute of the Present, ARTMargins Online and OSMOS.

| MATEJ KNEŽEVIĆ is a visual artist.

| MIROSLAV PIŠONIĆ was born in 1977 in Davor, Croatia. He graduated in 2005 at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts in the class of professor Ante Rašić, at the teaching department. Far from the noise of mainstream tendencies and various curator concepts, since 2011, he strives to continuously realize the idea to which he gives the advantage over the material in which it will be disclosed. Since 2006 he has been employed at Nova Gradiška City Museum (Gallery Department). Through artistic practice, he has exhibited his artwork at multiple collective and solo exhibitions/performances.

| JANKA VUKMIR is an art historian, art critic and curator based in Zagreb, Croatia. She is a Co-founder and a President of the Institute for Contemporary Art.

+ The exhibition Some Visceral Things remains open until January 19, 2019. +

| Support
Ministry of Culture, Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb, City office for Culture, Funded by Own Funds