I’m part of this year’s professorial team for WHW Akademija and I’m doing a ‘thing’ on the 17th as part of WHW Akademija’s online event series.
Here’s the blurb:
In Walking Distance, Vlatka Horvat reflects on a series of projects she undertook during Covid lockdowns from spring 2020 to summer 2021. Diverse in form and ranging from drawings, collages and other kinds of works on paper to video, photography and writing – each of these projects begins with an encounter with local landscape which for Horvat becomes a space for exploration of ideas around presence and absence, proximity and distance, mobility and stuckness, memory and projection.
The presentation Walking Distance adopts a collage-like form, interweaving elements of artist talk, fiction, speculative writing and communal viewing to construct a compelling essay on artistic process, the role of place in the organisation of experience, and the interaction between landscape, perception and imagination.
At the heart of Horvat’s works produced during the last fifteen months is a daily practice which stages a negotiation between the ‘infraordinary’ of everyday life and its counterparts in the realm of the fictional, the speculative and the impossible. The projects featuring in Horvat’s presentation all stem from related processes through which the local geography, quotidian urban spaces and experiences of the pandemic are seen, re-seen and ultimately transformed.
Realized in cooperation with the project Curating in Context, organized by the Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb, within the Erasmus+ program.
The program is supported by: Kontakt Collection / ERSTE Foundation, Foundation for Arts Initiatives / European Cultural Foundation / City of Zagreb / Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia / Kultura Nova Foundation