Exhibition

  • Pillars of a Positive Future for Our State
    Jasmina Cibic
    Artist
    Cheryl Sim
    Curator
    DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal
    Oct 19, 2018 to Mar 03, 2019
  • GRANTEE
    Jasmina Cibic
    GRANT YEAR
    2018

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

Jasmina Cibic's project focuses on soft power strategies of Yugoslavia and its choice of star architects and artists that were assigned the role of national representatives at key editions of the International World Expositions of the 20th Century—platforms for assertion of ideological power. Cibic follows the architecture of the two spaces of DHC/ART, transforming the first into a house of a fictitious collector who assembles imagined artefacts drawn from the historical Yugoslav Pavilions. The artist merges elements of residential architecture with the artworks and aesthetic principles “designed by committee” of Yugoslav politicians and advisors seminal to the country’s EXPO presentations. Within the second venue, Cibic builds a cinematic space referencing the Yugoslav Pavilion at the 1967 Montreal EXPO to screen her series of films on soft power and the construction of national identity.

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.