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Karmen Dada

Karmen Dada

area: Fine Arts

© Karmen Dada

© Karmen Dada

© Karmen Dada

© Karmen Dada

Key Facts

nationality

Croatia

area

Fine Arts

residence

Dubrovnik

recommending institution

ASIFA Austria

time period

march 2009 - april 2009

Born 1975 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Works as a freelance visual artist and in film industry, having focus on research, interdisciplinary and public art.
Lives in Zagreb and Dubrovnik, Croatia.
   

Education:

2000–2002  Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia, dept. of multimedia (video, sound, animation)
1998–2002  Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia, dept. of art education (multidisciplinary study of visual art, history of art, pedagogical studies)
1995–1997  Faculty of Textile Technology, University of Zagreb, Croatia, dept. of fashion design
1994–1995  Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zadar, Croatia, dept. of philosophy
1989–1993  Gymnasium Dubrovnik, Croatia, dept. of mathematics and informatics science


Residencies:

2012  FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, Nantes, France
2009  quartier21, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria
2008  Global Arts Village, New Delhi, India
2007  CITÉ Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2002  Academy of Fine Arts, University of Krakow, Poland, product design dept. - CEEPUS exchange


Selected exhibitions:
2012
_ Star-Dust, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, Nantes, France
_ 11th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture, Gliptoteka HAZU, Zagreb, Croatia
_ Politikaction: Il sistema è la crisi, Disturb gallery, Scafati, Naples, Italy
2010
_ Dubrovnik’s Art Now, ARL Lazareti, Dubrovnik , Croatia
2009
_ Jung-Jang, Asifakeil, quartier21, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria
2008
_ Here we are: public art, Dvojna vrata, Pula, Croatia
_ Libertas: Dubrovnik’s Art Now, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia
_ Residents, Global Arts Village, New Delhi, India
2007
_ 42nd Zagreb Salon, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia
2006
_ 10th Karantena Festival, ARL Lazareti, Dubrovnik, Croatia
_ 9th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture, Gliptoteka HAZU, Zagreb, Croatia
_ 1st  Vukovar Salon, Eltz castle, Vukovar, Croatia
_ 1st FemFest, SC, Zagreb, Croatia
2005
_ Power, 3rd Zagreb Film Festival, SC, Zagreb, Croatia
_ Passion, 12th Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean, Castel Sant'Elmo, Naples, Italy
2004
_ 3rd Final of Radoslav Putar Award - Croatian Young Artist Award, Gliptoteka HAZU, Zagreb, Croatia
_ 27th Salon of Young Croatian Artists, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia
2003
_ Re:sources, New media, Young Croatian Artists, Galzenica gallery, Velika Gorica, Croatia
1997
_ Decadence, SIFA International Fashion Awards, Islington Business Design Centre, London, UK


Prizes:

2005
_ represents Croatia at the12th Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean, Castel Sant'Elmo, Naples, Italy
2004
_ finalist of Radoslav Putar Award - Croatian Young Artist Award, Gliptoteka HAZU, Zagreb, Croatia
_ 2nd Award at the biennial 27th Salon of Young Croatian Artists, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia
1997
_ represents Croatia at SIFA International Fashion Awards, IBC, London, UK
_ 1st Prize, Smirnoff Fashion Crystal Label Prize, Best, Zagreb, Croatia


Curatorial work:

2007  member of organizational board of Urban Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
2006  member of selection committee of 28th Salon of Young Croatian Artists, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

Karmen Dada

Projectinfo

Jung -Jang
Diptych project, 2009
Media: Part1: site-specific installation, Part2: photo documentation of interviews
Location: Asifakeil, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria

Two parts of this project question motion and transformation, two basic concepts of animation media – my host's main field of interest (Asifa is an international animated film association).
While searching for the ground cause of animation/motion, I found Duality to be a (meta)physical root
of all the movement (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual), and therefore development. There is always an
elementary tension/difference needed to move from one state to another, exactly as in popular Jin-Jang concept. I also reflect on C.G.Jung's concept of Self-Persona mechanism, still actual in today's society.

First part of this project is a site-specific installation set inside Asifakeil gallery: a handmade seesaw blocked by the gallery's descending ceiling, with its opposite seats marked Possession – Desire, where Possesion seat is free to move up and down, while Desire seat is blocked by the ceiling.
Unrealized part of the project (due to MQ’s policy for outdoor artistic interventions) is a group of 10 more fabricated ready-made seesaws set across MQ courtyards for public use, all having their seats marked in pairs of some of our inner conditions:
Loss - Growth,
Tension - Peace,
Misunderstanding - Understanding,
Blockade - Motivation,
Complexes - Identity,
Masks - Self,
Subconsciousness - Consciousness,
Servility - Expression,
Passive - Active,
Unrealization - Realization,
giving altogether 11 seesaws with marked seats inside the gallery and outside in MQ courtyards.
Seesaws are simple, playful objects that evoke both duality and movement, equality and relativity, and they need people/interaction to literally Activate them.

Second part of this project is a photo documentation of 50 interviews with Viennese visitors of MQ on their personal motivations and blockades. Collected documentation of interviews and accompanying photos is put on cubes across MQ’s courtyards where earlier interviews took place, in order to be presented to new visitors, as well as all of them presented together in the gallery. The documentation photos are in discreet A6 size.

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