15.11.2006. - 10.12.2006.

Sanja Iveković, "Roadworks"

The exhibition “Road Works” is a retrospective, critical overview of Sanja Iveković’s (2) opus which during the last three decades took place in the public space of a city, politics, culture, art or history.Whether we are talking about her project “Lady Rosa of Luxembourg” performed in Luxembourg in 2001 (3), or a project at the biennale in Liverpool in 2004 in which the public space of the city was used to face its citizens with touchy political issues, or the “Women’s house” project which in 2002 culminated with the publishing of a book and an intervention at the Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb, the work of Sanja Iveković always analyzes and criticizes dominant political and cultural practices. From a perspective, which we can freely call feminist, Sanja Iveković has from the start pointed out at stereotypical, paradox and hegemonic representations of gender, art, nation, history… (1)

“Road Works” originated in a close relationship with the context in which they appear i.e. in which they are exhibited: “Women’s house” deals with the issue of violence towards women and the lack of
support they receive from the non-governmental organization of the same name which is dedicated to the protection of women; “Lady Rosa of Luxembourg” analyzes the representation of women whichis specific for European and Western culture. In this project Sanja Iveković replicated the statue of Gelle Fra, Luxembourg’s national symbol, but she made the new figure visibly pregnant. This was a reference to one of the most famous social-democratic, workers’ and women rights fighters – RosaLuxembourg.

In the Austrian town of Rohrbach, during a conference “Creating the change” dedicated to Roma women, Sanja Iveković realized a living memorial (Rohrbachs lebendes denkmal) which was dedicated to the Roma Holocaust victims. She used an archive photo of Rohrbach Roma beingexecuted in Nazi camps to gather the conference participants in the same place and order as in the picture, thus simulating a tragic part of history of the small Austrian town. (Klaudio Štefančić)

Curators: Urša Jurman and Klaudio Štefančić

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue/book in English with the text of Bojana Pejić, curator and art historian.

The exhibition was realized in cooperation with the P74 Centre and Gallery from Ljubljana (4) and the international festival City of Women/Mesto žensk (5). The exhibition was funded by the city of VelikaGorica, the Atman Company and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Zagreb.