Amela Frankl: This Too Shall Pass,
Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.,
at the Institute for Contemporary Art,
Trg kralja Tomislava 20, Zagreb
You are kindly invited to attend promotion of the publication Amela Frankl: This Shall Pass Too, which follows the eponymous exhibition held at the Institute for Contemporary Art in October and November of 2017, curated by Ružica Šimunović.
The exhibition has embraced three projects by Amela Frankl that speak of „„Three unfinished stories. About the consequences of historical and social events, the individual and the community, about the unspoken facts, about the inherited family burden that commits, the transmission. Topics are old, sensitive, often overlapping, suppressed. „„ A.F.
This Shall Pass Too, Zagreb, 2018.
72 pages, 20 x 13 cm
bilingual (Croatian / English), softcover
Publisher: Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Editors: Amela Frankl and Janka Vukmir
Texts: Ružica Šimunović, Marija Selak, Amela Frankl
Translation: Graham McMaster
Graphic design: Igor Kuduz
“And so then I start up the story of the three stories of Amela Frankl. They are linked indirectly to the trauma of the Holocaust, revolve around the issue of the connection, in the words of Giorgio Agamben, of bare life and sovereign power. The artist explains that ‘she neither calls out nor calls for responsibility’. And I believe her. Not because I blindly accept the way in which she has told her stories. Now when they are in front of us, it is somehow clear that there must have been, before their performance — and it cannot have been for any other reason than the trouble of overcoming the condemnations of the individual, society and their politics and the possible entanglement in new accusations — a time of suspicions and contractions of thoughts, a process that required touching the stitches of the wounds, the endless opening and chasing of folds of identity, all the way to the calming of passions, to restfulness. I would almost call them commemorative.” from the text by Ružica Šimunović
“Frankl focuses on the relation of individual and community, studying it at three different but complementary levels, sketching out an answer to the question of what our responsibility is in engaging with the past. The first, the awakening, level of her performance is an attempt at an objective approach. She deals with the relation of individual to common history. In the second, subjective, dimension, the emphasis is placed on experiencing, the possibility of setting up links between the community and individual, in this case, one’s own, history. Finally, synthetically, Frankl’s performance is self-engaged, for it determines to take on the responsibility for the telling of other people’s past, showing what we can learn from it.” from the text by Marija Selak
| Amela Frankl is a multimedia artist from Zagreb. She is the author and a co-publisher of the publication Što nosim ( MeandarMedia, Zagreb 2017.) and the eponymous project realised in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. Involving her own stories and concrete life situations in her works, through her mediatory artistic practice and strategy, Amela Frankl takes up the issues of personal and social freedoms, private and public lives readiness to cooperate and empathy as socially essentially practice.
| Ružica Šimunović (1960. – 2018.), was an art historian, critic and editor on Croatian Radio for many years. She is the author of the books: „Zoran Pavelić: Political Speech is Suprematism“ (Pleh, Zagreb, 2013.), co-author of the book on the artist Ana Elizabet (2015.), and author of the book “ Body in Dialogue. Women’s Performance Practice in Croatia“ (Durieux, HS AICA, 2016.). She is awarded by an annual prize of the AICA – Croatian Section.
| Marija Selak, PhD (1982.) is employed at the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb as a docent in the field of humanities, field of philosophy, branch of ontology. She is the author of the book Human Nature and the New Era for which she received the annual award of the Society of University Teachers and Other Scientists to Young Scientists and Artists in 2014.
The City Office for Education, Culture and Sport of the City of Zagreb, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Funded by Own Funds