• Everything That You Desire and Nothing That You Fear
    Jasmina Cibic
    Cheryl Sim
    DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal
    Oct 25, 2018 to Mar 03, 2019
    Jasmina Cibic

Jasmina Cibic, production still from NADA: Act I, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Jasmina Cibic’s latest project is an immersive installation that explores the production of national culture and its instrumentalization for political aims in the context of 20th Century World Expositions. The exhibition’s title, Everything That You Desire and Nothing That You Fear, is drawn from political discussions in the planning stages of Expo 67. Cibic studies the aesthetic permutations within art and architecture as “soft power” and statecraft strategies used to achieve the ultimate display of dominance. Cibic’s methodology involves archival research and collaborations, through which she creates sumptuous Gesamtkunstwerks that combine the potencies of installation, sculpture, photography, performance and film. The overall effect simultaneously captivates the visitor and reveals constructs that are fashioned and implemented by governments for hegemonic control. Through a critical, feminist unpacking of the complex entanglements of art, gender and state power, the artist encourages viewers to consider the strategies employed in the construction of national culture.

London-based artist Jasmina Cibic (b. Ljubljana, 1979) represented Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial with her project For Our Economy and Culture. Cibic has held solo exhibitions at BALTIC Gateshead, Museum Haus Esters Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Aarhus 2017, Esker Foundation Calgary, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, MGLC Ljubljana, Ludwig Museum Budapest, and group exhibitions at CCS BARD, Guangdong Museum of Art China, Pera Museum Istanbul, City Gallery Wellington, MSUM Ljubljana, MNHA Luxembourg and Joanneum Museum Graz. Cibic's films have been screened at Pula Film Festival, HKW Berlin, CCA Laznia, Dokfest Kassel, and Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. In 2016, Cibic was the winner of the MAC International Ulster Bank and Charlottenborg Fonden awards. Her upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at DHC/ART (Montréal), Cooper Gallery (University of Dundee, Scotland), and group shows at the Belgrade Biennial, The Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Monash University Museum of Art.