NMG@MKC_Vita Jončić: Transformacija uspomene

NMG@MKC_Vita Jončić: Transformacija uspomene
MKC Gallery, Youth Center Split, Ulica slobode 28
OPENING: Thursday, November 3rd, 2022. at 7pm
VIEWINGS: Mon-Fri, 5-8pm, till Nov 10th

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Imagine diving into the clear sea, surrounded by perfect silence and the fresh smell of pine…

Now imagine the sound of the jackhammer, the Ibiza house mix from the Bluetooth speaker, and the sounds of arguing around the plastic deckchairs on the concrete bays.

How does it feell?

What is your childhood memory of the sea? How much has changed and what has remained the same?

Through the multi-channel video installation “Transformacija uspomene” / “Transformation of memory”, Vita Jončić deals precisely with preserving those memories and memories of the natural environment from some past time. As she grew up in Split and Komiža, these places have a special meaning for her, and looking at their “development”, she feels powerless, and stopping the concretization process seems impossible.

Anxious and disturbed by the ever-increasing interventions in nature and the environment due to the development of tourism in her native Dalmatia, the author develops a kind of moving reminiscence of the scenes of wilderness she lives next to.

This transformation of space is at the same time the cause and a consequence of the transformation of society, while globalization unstoppably changes the structure and core of the local community and its values.

By showing the dynamics of the movement of the installation through projections, the artist displays the textures of the landscape she is surrounded by, as well as a deep emotional connection with that landscape. In addition to the love the artist feels for the karst and sea waves, she is also burdened with concern for the future and the environment, and the fear of jackhammers, concrete, and steel. In order to face this fear and overcome it, she preserves the memory of the fragile beauty of nature, transforming it into eternity through video.

Now imagine for a moment: you are diving into the clear sea, without fear that the moment will disappear.

  • – Katarina Duplančić
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Vita Jončić was born in 1995 in Zagreb. In 2017, she completed BA Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and in 2018, MA Film at the University of the Arts London, London College of Communication. She creates in the medium of film, photography, painting, video and spatial installations. In her recent artistic practice, she is mainly exploring the diverse dimensions of human presence in nature, as well as the roles and impacts of an individual on building the structure of society. She regularly participates in artist residencies in Croatia and abroad, and has participated in several group and three solo exhibitions.

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CURATOR: Katarina Duplančić
NMG CURATORIAL TEAM: Katarina Duplančić, Natasha Kadin, Vedran Perkov
DESIGN: Nikola Križanac
TRANSLATION: Katarina Duplančić
SETUP: Katarina Duplančić, Franko Sardelić Kolinac
DONORS: The Ministry of Culture and Media, The City of Split
MAVENA SUPPORTED BY: Kultura nova Foundation

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