area: Visual and Performing Arts
Nika Pećarina (b. 1992) lives in Zagreb where he is busy with audiovisual and performing arts, ceramics, poetry, and an everlasting interest towards food, pleasure and well-being. He takes notice of sex, thingness, and the transformation of matter, i.e., the relation of work and the physical, followed by the distinctiveness and effects of media, measure, form, and the visible, delicacy, smoothness, and smallness.
His interest in performativity brought about collaborations for various dance performances, as well as work on films, video design for theatre, and art-related pedagogy. He participated in the work of self-organized and non-governmental initiatives and projects in the fields of culture and media, student and minority rights. He's exhibited, performed, and screened his work at various exhibitions and festivals such as the Queer Musem Vienna, ADAF Greece, 25FPS Festival Zagreb, Multimedia Cultural Centre Split, Camberwell Space London, Pitchwise Sarajevo, Psu glede cvijeća at park forest Marjan and Praktika gallery, Split, Crvena, boja žerene zemlje at gallery Jedinstvo, Zagreb.
During his residency at MQ, Nika Pećarina will explore the so-called transsexual voice while searching for ways in which the notion of identity can presuppose political solidarity. By feeling its way through the social and intimate of transculture, the artist's project focuses on finding critical approaches to the use of sound guided by the practice of listening. It conveys questions such as the possibility and political dynamics of sharing voices, as well as desire that is not questioned, among others - explorations of beauty, harmony, musicality, masculinity and femininity, the aesthetics of queer sound, and the preservation of personhood.
Language, sound, and performance are used as means of composition, with listening as an act of participation in and embodiment of various forms of knowledge, experience, and consciousness. In his transtemporal thinking, Pećarina wants to revolve around the notion of voice, both as a material matter in the medium of sound and as a mediator of social relations - as the content of speech or language in the medium of text and as a political or symbolic signifier of a subject forced to reflect on its own objecthood.