Artists Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić have been selected to represent Croatia at the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale, which will be held from May 13 to November 26. Apoteka director Branka Benčić will curate the pavilion, which is being organized by the Modern Gallery in Zagreb.
The exhibition, “Horizon Expectations,” will present new works by the artists that focus on the temporary nature of the exhibition space and on notions of “uncertainty, tension, and collapse.” The title was derived from literary historian Hans Robert Jauss’s theory of reception. Jauss argued that literary works are received against an existing horizon of expectations consisting of readers’ current knowledge and presuppositions about literature. As horizons shift, so does the meaning of the works.
Gverović, known for her media installations made up of drawings, images, audio, text, and video, often explores on issues related to space, territory, and identity. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, completed postgraduate studies at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in the Netherlands in 2000, and earned her Ph.D. at Middlesex University in London in 2013.
Tadić’s body of work includes collages, cartoons, drawings, and installations that often examine the legacy of modernism in the fields of art and architecture. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and lives and works in Zagreb.