Gandy Gallery @ ART Rotterdam

Gandy gallery is pleased to announce its participation at ART Rotterdam – Projections 2014. 

Opening Day of Art Rotterdam at the Van Nellefabriek,Wednesday February 5

13.00 – 18.00 hrs – Entrance with VIP card 

18.00 – 22.00 hrs – Public Opening

Danica Dakić was born in 1962 in Sarajevo and currently divides her time between Sarajevo and Düsseldorf. She studied at The Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo, the University of Arts, Belgrade, and the Academy of Fine Arts, Düsseldorf. Her solo shows include exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, National Gallery of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo and the Museum für Moderne Kunst,Frankfurt am Main in 2013.

She has participated in many group exhibitions including documenta 12, Kassel, the 2003 and 2009 Istanbul Biennials, the 2003 Valencia Biennial, the 2010 Biennale of Sydney, the 2010 Liverpool Biennial,Marseille – Provence 2013 and will take part at the 2014 Sao Paulo Biennal.

Danica Dakic is represented by Gandy gallery.

The Bosnian artist Danica Dakic creates monumental installations, acoustic architectures and videos which question our individuality tested by the collective factor. Her works are based on language and identity to illustrate the tensions which govern a world where the human element is at once a specific entity and a social being which is part and parcel of a collectivity. The video First Shot was filmed in the House for the Protection of Childhood and Youth in Parazic, near Sarajevo, and explores this theme by staging its residents. The House, which was founded in 1949, then represented an example of socialist modernization through its status as the first institution for the mentally handicapped in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Originally planned to take in children and young people with disabilities, this establishment, which survived the Balkan war between 1992 and 1996, became, perforce, a safe haven for its occupants.

Now adults, these inmates have spent most of their lives cloistered within the House, totally ignorant of the changes their country has undergone. First Shot is thus a world unto itself, a closed and fantastical place in which the histories, illusions and traumas of each person give rise to a violent contrast with the tangible reality experienced by onlookers. The other particularity of this film lies in the plant-inspired décor used as a backdrop by the artist. Named Isola Bella, this 19th century tapestry motif evokes the Garden of Eden in the guise of a desert island, a refuge area where the protagonists live cut off from reality.

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