C24 Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by artist Viktor Popović marking his inaugural exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition brings together works created over the last three years exploring the architectural practice socialist modernist heritage in Croatia, and its effects on society. The exhibition will be on view from March 6 through April 20, 2018 with an opening reception on Tuesday, March 6 from 6 – 8 pm.
Viktor Popović is an artist living and working in Split, Croatia. In his work he often uses found objects and raw industrial materials in installations that probe the relationship between artwork (or object), audience, history of the exhibition space, and the environment or location of the gallery itself. Popović’s latest work is an artistic research of Modernist heritage of the socialist period in former Yugoslavia. The project was started in 2015 and focuses on the re-contextualization of 1960s architecture in Split, Croatia. The work is a hybrid between photography and light installation. It consists of the digital prints of archival photographs and constructional elements of installation such as fluorescent light tubes and photo color correction filters that transfer the archival material into the new artistic context. The work questions the position of personal and social memory in relation to the heritage of modernist architecture. Perceived from present-day, post-transitional degradation of many layers of society, this work speaks to the lost utopian projects of the time and questions as well as reminds us of their forgotten values
Viktor Popović is an MFA graduate of Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb, Croatia and has been awarded a number of distinguished grants and awards including the Art Omi Residency Program at Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, New York, USA (2017); ArtsLink Residency Program at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon, USA (2006); 36th Split Salon Prize, Croatian Art Society, Split, Croatia (2009); Annual Young Artist Prize, Croatian Art Society, Zagreb, Croatia (2006); Filip Trade Contemporary Art Collection Prize, Zagreb, Croatia (2005); Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Studio Program at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (2005); Grand Prix of the 8th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture, Zagreb, Croatia (2003).
His work has been collected by major public institutions throughout Croatia, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Museum of Contemporary Art in Split, Gallery of Fine Arts – Civic Museum Zadar, Zadar and Lauba – People and Art House, Zagreb.