Family mythology

rom ancient times to the present day ancestors have always had an important place in society. Every family has its own history. The history and stories of our ancestors is transmitted from generation to generation remaining so in family memory. By telling family stories each generations influence their descendants, consciously or unconsciously in a way programming them. The words that are pronounced become the fabric of life.

In the works I don’t want to mystify and idealize family than rather show personal perception.

technical description:

  1. Memories

 year: 2016.

technique: recycled documents, photographs, text (paper)

dimensions: polyptych, 4 parts, 148 x 352 cm

This polyptych has 4 parts. Each work consists of different transformed elements, but all elements are connected to history of my family.  First work is made of recycled documents such as passports, id cards, birth certificates, military ID, health insurance card, legal documents and so on. Second work is made of recycled family photos. Third and fourth work is made of text that includes family stories that artist wrote down while listening family members. The difference between third and fourth work is that in one there is possibly to read text and in another is not. All elements for each work were copied 1000 times, printed and transformed.

  1. Self-portraits

 dimensions: 18 collages, each 21 x 27 cm

technique: collage

year: 2016.

Each collage represents one family member. Collages are made of family ID photos and handwritten text that consists of all family names connected to the person in photography.

  1. I Love You, I’m Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You

dimensions: cca 70 x 50 cm

technique: marker on textiles; shirt and hanger

year: 2016.

Art object “I love you, thank you, I’m sorry, forgive me” consists of a shirt and a hanger. The shirt belongs to one family member. On the shirt are repeatedly in black marker written words “I love you, thank you, I’m sorry, forgive me”. These words are like healing mantra formed by continuous ritualistic writing.

  1. Thank you for your trust

dimensions: different – 5 parts : 28 x 22 cm, 2 parts: 28 x 20 cm, 3 parts:  23,5 x 18,5 cm, 1 part: 68 x 28 cm, 1 part:   48 x 34 cm

technique: collage – photos, documents, personal letters and postcards

year: 2016.

The work shows the “tangible” evidence of memories. These documents are photocopied and used in the work “Memories”. The title “Thank you for your trust” is taken from the pack of photographic film and refers to the family interrelationships.

2016. Academy of fine arts, Zagreb, Croatia

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