NMG@MKC: Nina Kurtela_Delayering

OPENING: Thursday, Sep 16th 2021 at 8pm

MKC, Youth Center Split, Ulica Slobode 28
The exhibit is open until Thursday, Sep 30th.
Working hours: Mon-Fri 7pm – 9pm



    • Delayering is a solo exhibit by Nina Kurtela in which she is showcasing two of her works that are conceptually linked to one another: 365 Routines and Dear Aki. Both of these works consist of a video and a certain by-product, a physical addition which emphasizes, underlines and completes the whole. Just like Kurtela’s multi-layered thinking, this simultaneous coexistence of moving, digital space (films) and hard, “tangible” existence (book, installation) indicates a continuous engagement with different levels of existence (digital and real, among others) that are then layered in a space of searching and recontextualization. Always stuck between the transient, imaginary and the stable, material, Kurtela places her own body/experiences, personal history and identity in the context of a globalized space, clogged with socio-economic domains, consciously and thoughtfully positioning herself within these [often silent (when it comes to personality) and eloquent (in demanding a kind of “obedience” to the hierarchy and to the positioning within the food chain)] systems.


    • She is exposing her own body/identity and experience to the space and its multi-layered contexts, embodying thus the “historical body”. A Japanese philosopher, Kitarō Nishida, used this term to explain the interaction between body and space, implying that the body is deeply immersed in space and is constantly being created inside of this space thanks to spatial, material, political, historical, economic and energetic layers, with constant mutual feedback. Nishida argues that “acting through the ‘historical body’ implies immersing the Self in the historical world. Immersion in the world does not mean losing the body or creating a universal body. On the contrary, the Self deepens – better yet – it descends to the very foundation of the body. ”


    • Both works reflect the artist’s characteristic devotion to continuity, persistence and resilience, both of the works were developed over a long period of time, going through several stages, requiring stamina, endurance, search and careful positioning, inserting one’s own body into a given space, taking up the space, slightly changing context, recontextualizing one’s own identity as well as the space in which she is located /which she’s chosen.


  • (…)
  • – Josipa Bubaš


CAMERA: Bojan Mrđenović
EDITING: Hrvoslava Brkušić
SOUND: Hrvoje Nikšić
TEXT: Jasna Jasna Žmak
365 *3 VIDEO
Camera: Bojan Mrđenović
Sound: Andro Giunio
Oaza Books – Nina Bačun i Roberta Bratović

Nina Bačun i Roberta Bratović (Oaza)


Nina Kurtela is a visual artist and a dance maker who works with choreographic and site-
specific practices. She exhibited and presented her work in different contexts – from
museums and galleries, to film, theatre and dance festivals to public spaces: KW Berlin,
MUMOK Vienna, MSU Zagreb, HKW Berlin, 104 Paris, Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Royal
Albert Hall London, Ars Aevi Sarajevo, Tanz Im August Berlin, Transmediale Berlin,
Oberhausen Film Festival, Survival Kit Riga, X-border Art Biennial Sweden etc. She uses
her art practice to explore methodologies of coincidence, presence, performativity, ritual and
persistence, while researching concepts such as identity, belonging, intimacy and the
position of women in art and society.


NMG CURATORIAL TEAM: Katarina Duplančić, Natasha Kadin, Vedran Perkov
DESIGN: Nikola Križanac
TRANSLATION: Katarina Duplančić
SETUP: Katarina Duplančić, Natasha Kadin, Franko Sardelić-Kolinac
DONORS: Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media, the City of Split
MAVENA SUPPORTED BY: The National Foundation for Civil Society Development,
the Kultura Nova foundation


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