Location: Studio 21, (Velebitska 66)
Time: October 7 - 21, opening at 8:00 PM
Curator: Neli Ružić
"CLOSING CREDITS" by Marija Grazio is the third part of the Deadly Serious Trilogy. While in the first two acts of the trilogy, the author explores the trivialization of death within the media and cultural context, the concluding part presented here is primarily autobiographical, dealing with the author's personal experiences.
The sound of pulsating, damaged neon light in the waiting room of the Dubrovnik Health Center fills the entire gallery space. The video recording is placed near the photographs taken during the author's mother's illness, underneath which are records of time measured in reverse: the exact days, hours, and minutes that elapsed from taking the photograph to the end of the author's mother's life.
In "CLOSING CREDITS," Eros and Thanatos are inverted in the context of endings. At the entrance/exit of the gallery space, you will encounter two sets of photographs capturing two loves merging in a kiss and those same individuals in situations where what once existed has disappeared, dead. Both sets are complemented by black surfaces. Near the photographs is the author's video portrait, bearing witness to emotional states, traces of devastation, but also an acceptance of the fullness of the human experience.
Taking another step in the struggle with Thanatos, we are led by photographs documenting the passage of time in the life of the author's mother. Most of the photographs depict the mother during her illness, during times of heaviness and urgency, but also during moments of closeness when Marija cared for her. In addition to the photographs of the mother, there are images of spaces and photographs of the author herself, caught between bewilderment and waiting. Digital photographs taken with a mobile phone capture the precise moment when the shutter was pressed. These notes lack professional photographic pretensions; they exist to preserve the moment. In this case, besides freezing the moment with a photograph, the author measures the horizon of the future, or the time elapsed until the end of life. This backward movement, a time of uncertainty that will become precisely certain in the future (which is, after all, already in the past), is an exercise in which Marija Grazio simultaneously relives the moment of her mother's death.
Photography here serves as a shortcut between the Now and the Then, subsequently leading us to the void after time. It serves as a counterpoint to the precise objective time of death and post-time, historical and deep time to which that moment belongs.
Precise measurement, addition, subtraction – these are the mathematical operations attempting to confront immeasurable chaos, to face the fragility of life, and to make death a historical act. What else can be said when there is no more text, when words are powerless? About the precision of measurement with a human measure. The only certainty in infinity. To paraphrase Werner Herzog: about the thin layer of ice over the deep ocean of chaos and darkness.
(From the curator's text by Neli Ružić)
Marija Grazio was born in Dubrovnik into a family of musicians, where she took her first artistic steps. In addition to her musical pursuits, which are most visible through her pianistic, compositional, and vocal activities, she developed her artistic persona through various forms of expression, such as literary, performative, and visual arts. A multidisciplinary and intermedia approach shapes her artistic path on the border between life and art.
"Elevation," "Tal," "Gundulić's Speech," "S in the Quadrangle," "Food for Survival" are just some of the projects/performances she created with her then-life partner Slaven Tolja in the 1980s and 1990s. She shaped her individual visual expression through performances, audio installations, collages, video works, and objects. From 1996 to the present, she has exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions, continuously responding to phenomena and contemplating them through expanded visuality and multiple aspects of her work. The first two acts of the Deadly Serious Trilogy, "Maja" and "Settling the Quote," were exhibited in 2010, the first in the Center for Culture - Gallery of Contemporary Art in Vela Luka and the second in the ARL Island Gallery in Dubrovnik.
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