Artist Talks | No Looking Back, Okay?
UGM, Strossmayerjeva 6
Saturday, 1 December 2018, 10:30 - 14:30
moderated by: Simona Vidmar and Jure Kirbiš, exhibition curators

Join us and meet the artists from the exhibition No Looking Back, Okay? in a lively exchange on art practices, ideas and working methods. We will present some of the most interesting visual artists in Europe today, that, among other, work in the field of collective memory, politicised landscapes, constructing histories and belonging within their very distinct art practices, ranging from drawing series, architectural experiments, manipulated photography, video and featured film and installation. We’ll be looking for ambiguous narratives, poetic revolt, subtle humour and joyful experimentation inherent to their art practices and more. Artist talks are curated by Simona Vidmar. The event is free of charge.

10:30 • Massinissa Selmani (Algeria/France)
11:00 • Ana Dana Beroš (Croatia)
11:30 • Nina Mangalanayagam (Sweden)
Moderated by Simona Vidmar      (12:00 • lunch break)

12:30 • Hrair Sarkissian (Syria/UK)
13:00 • Jasmina Cibic (Slovenia/UK)
13:30 • Vadim Fishkin (Russia/Slovenia)
Moderated by Jure Kirbiš             (14:00 • bubbles & more)

About the artists:
Massinissa Selmani (Algeria/France) works and experiments in the medium of drawing in which he blends humour, irony and sometimes a sense of revolt. The subjects of his work are often sourced from political news, social news and press clippings, whereby he reveals the ambiguities of signs, and pushes their juxtapositions until absurdity. At the 56th Venice Biennial (All the World’s Future, curated by Okwui Enwezor, 2015) Massinissa Selmani received a special mention from the jury. His works has recently been exhibited at: the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018), Dakar Biennial (2014), Lyon Biennial (2015), Art Basel Statements (2016), Sharjah Biennial (2017).
Ana Dana Beroš (Croatia) is an independent architect, curator and editor. She has previously been selected by Rem Koolhaas for the 14th Architecture Biennial in Venice (2014), and has received a special mention of the jury for the project Intermundia. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Wheelwright Prize for promising early-career architect, who shows promise for continued creative work grant, awarded by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design GSD.
Jasmina Cibic (Slovenia/UK) is an artist working in performance, installation and film. Her work draws a parallel between the construction of national culture and its use value for political aims, encouraging the viewer to consider the timelessness of power mechanisms that (authoritarian) structures utilise in their own reinsertion and reinvention. Jasmina represented Slovenia at the 2013 Venice Biennial and is the winner of the 2016 MAC International Ulster Bank Prize.
Hrair Sarkissian (Syria/UK) earned his foundational training at his father’s photographic studio in Damascus, before studying photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Sarkissian’s work revolves around personal and collective memory and identity. His photographs of urban environments and landscape employ traditional documentary techniques to re-evaluate larger historical, political, or social narratives. His work has recently been exhibited at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle), 10th Bamako Encounters (Mali), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), the Golden Lion-winning Armenian pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Tate Modern (London), The New Museum (New York), and Darat al Funun (Amman).
Nina Mangalanayagam (Sweden) is a visual artist working with still and moving image. She received a Master’s Degree in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London and a PhD in Practice from the University of Westminster. In her practice Nina explores themes of belonging and hybridity, often using a semi-autobiographical approach. Her research analyses the shifting points of identification she experiences as a mixed heritage subject, to explore the dichotomy of black and white notions of identity. Nina is a visiting lecturer in the UK and in Scandinavia. 
Vadim Fishkin (Russia/Slovenia) works in the field of art and technology, within a unique post-conceptual tradition. In Fiškin’s practice, technology is granted a compact narrative and allegorical power, as well as absurd and poignant poetry. He is currently a professor at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany. The artist’s work has been included in many international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennial (1995, 2003, 2005, 2017), Manifesta (1994, 2014) and Shanghai Biennial (2012).

The evnt is part of the project Wom@rts, which is is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme, supported by the European Union.