at Gallery Podroom, Cultural Centre of Belgrade / BELGRAD (Serbia)
20.11.2014 – 13.12.2014

Exhibition Fabric presents the results of exploration of public space scenography, which the artist Saša Tkačenko began during the residency program at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. This exhibition is realized within the Young visual artist award Dimitrije Basičević Mangelos for year 2013.

The exhibition articulates Tkačenko’s examination of space, at first developed as a series of short, night video recordings of street architecture in New York, which developed into a study that comprises one hundred Polaroid photographs. Technically limited potential of the Polaroid (low sensitivity of the camera lens and inability to control the result of the photographic process) followed by unfavorable conditions of night lightning appeared as the adequate framework for the treatment of the sight and its translation into picture. This resulted in a series of Polaroid photographs through which the spectacle of the spread out American flag (as the dominant signifier of the public space) is disrupted, appearing as destabilized object with the emphasis on its materiality.

Fabric includes three exhibition segments that investigate the flag of USA as an object deprived of symbolical and ideological implications from different perspectives. Instead, the analysis of the object’s signifying potential and its politicality is performed through examination of material, as well as tactile appearances.

The artist book Fabric, consisting of 80 Polaroid photographs and in edition of 80, accompanies the exhibition. Parallel with the exhibition Tkačenko creates space for a dialogue between the protagonists of a new generation of Belgrade based artists from different fields (visual art, music, theater, literature) around the phenomenon of withdrawal as a strategy of positioning in the relationship between society and contemporary art. Written contributions by Aleksandrija Ajduković, Miloš Lolić, Goran Micevski, Đorđe Miketić, Slobodan Stošić, VVhile and Saša Tkačenko regarding this phenomenon are published in a special print edition accompanying the exhibition event. During the exhibition opening Belgrad-based band VVhile performed a 10-minute long music performance.

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