The Visit

The Visit
2007
Installation including 6 drawings (pencil on paper, 40 x 60cm, framed behind glass); a drawing (pencil on paper, 150 x 100cm, framed behind glass), a wall drawing, furniture, and an artist’s book made for the occasion of this exhibition
Exhibition included a live performance (a reading) on the opening night
Miroslav Kraljević Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

Similarly to the cycle /At First Sight/, that she presented as candidate for the Radoslav Putar Award in 2006, the new work by Tina Gverović – /The Visit/ could be interpreted as an imaginary journey. This time, instead of discovering unknown and exotic territories, the journey’s destination is the ‘ordinary’ Zagreb neighborhood ‘Kvatrić’ – the immediate neighborhood of Galerija Miroslav Kraljević, where the work is presented. This ‘nearness’, however, doesn’t make the journey less imaginary: although partially based on real places, locations that can be found on the map and people that can be encountered, the work is not concerned with documenting everyday life of a place and people who inhabit it. Rather, it is an investigation into the ways that reality and fiction, real and invented topography, the past and the present, meet and intertwine, through a procedure of telling and visualizing stories.

The artist transforms the gallery into an environment – a scenography where, in various media (text, drawing, live performance) stories are played out and whose space is inhabited by ‘ghosts’ of people, places and events, in which, together with real visitors of the gallery, the ‘Visit’ is being realized and a planned or accidental encounter takes place.

The Visit
2007
Drawings from the installation, pencil on paper, 40 x 60cm (framed behind glass)