Exhibition opening: May 8, from 12 h
Exhibition / May 8 – 29,2021.
Gallery opening hours: from 2 to 9 p.m., every day except Sundays and holidays
The role of time and various aspects of temporality have occupied an important place in the work of Neli Ružić. In speaking to the relationships between history and memory, migrant displacement, gender identity, or architectural heritage, time in the sense of transformation, as well as simultaneity and discontinuity, are often used in the role of her specific aesthetic strategy.
In the new cycle of work of Timescape, the artist decides to face the notion of time directly, and through a series of work in various media she explores the perception and experience of time, which, although it presupposes individuality, is always part of a wider temporal horizon because it is simultaneously shared with others, with the whole community, and beyond. The very title of the exhibition, referring to the notion of landscape, points to an approach in which the position of the observer is equally emphasized, and it embodies a perspective that allows us to get closer to the invisible through temporal qualities, to capture what is beyond our senses, acceptance, and understanding.
Modern societies nurture a special approach to time, and living in the unexpectedly long conditions of the pandemic and health crises has given us a new reality in which distortions to our “normal” rhythm have only made the experience of time more visible, and breathing, as a measure of our awareness of duration, has become dangerous. (…)
Neli Ružić (1966, Split) is a multimedia artist who examines the perception of time, historical narratives, the intersectionality of personal and collective memory. She graduated from the Painting Department of the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade and holds a Master’s Degree from the Facultad de Artes, UAEM, Mexico. She staged a series of solo exhibitions and participated in numerous exhibitions, projects and festivals in Croatia and abroad. In the late 1990s she moved to Mexico where she taught at the ENPEG La Esmeralda Art School in Mexico City, from 2003 to 2012. She won the 2nd prize T‑HTnagrada@msu.hr, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2016), and the ArtsLink fellowship (1996). Her works are kept in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Split, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Marino Cettina Gallery in Umag, Canal Mediateca Caixa Forum in Barcelona. From 2013 she teaches at the School of Fine Arts in Split where she was also the head of the School Gallery until 2018. She also works as an external Assistant Professor in the Painting Department at the Arts Academy, University of Split.
Tonči Bakotin- Studio Sensoria for the audio installation Do We Have a Plan for Yesterday? 2021
Darko Škrobonja for the installation Breathing Together (Measuring the Cosmos) 2021
acknowledgements: Museum of Fine Arts Split, Tonči Bakotin, Darko Škrobonja, Eric del Castillo, Luka Ružić Marušić, Pablo del Castillo Ružić, Goran Ferčec, Jasen Boko, Petra Kovačić, Andrea Mladinić, Franjo Đaković, Sanela Marković, Ivana Meštrov, Jasminka Babić, Toni Meštrović, Loren Živković-Kuljiš, Milivoj Popović, Miljenko Polić, Brian Willems, Gildo Bavčević, Marija Paparella, Ćirila Ružić, Josip Šurlin, Anton Davidović and all the participants in the work Breathing Together (Measuring the Cosmos)
Exhibition set-up: Neli Ružić and Jasna Gluić
Graphic design: Rafaela Dražić
Support: Ministry of Culture and Media, City of Split
Organization: MKC Split