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Jasmina cibic
Tear Down and Rebuild
Fiction expérimentale, Serbia | 4k | couleur | 15'28'' | Slovénie / Royaume-Uni | 2015
Composed of various quotes - belonging to political speeches, debates and proclamations that extract and emphasize the iconoclasm of architecture, art and monuments – the film creates an original conversation between four characters. A Nation Builder, a Pragmatist, a Conservationist and an Artist/Architect become a reflection of ideological deliberation facing a practical scruple. Including words drawn from Regan’s speech on the Berlin Wall, Prince Charles’s 1984 address at RIBA and Isis bloggers’ proclamation on the demolishment of temples, the film’s storyline uses language that endorses demolition and redesign, which were to aid the creation of new displays for ensuing nation-states or ideological positions throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. As the film’s narrative unfolds, the viewer is a witness to the final decision to demolish the fictitious building, the image of which is constructed in the spectator’s imagination through a collage of quotations on diverse, ideologically contrived and historically charged buildings, monuments, walls etc. that were to be or were knocked down - pointing to the universality and timelessness of the paradox of national and ideological representation and its icons.
1979, Ljubljana A London based artist working in installation, performance and photography. Cibic has begun making films in 2012 for her solo presentation of the Slovenian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial. Cibic`s work is site and context specific, performative in nature and employs a range of activity, media and theatrical tactics to redefine or reconsider an existent environment and its politics. The basic gesture in Cibic’s artistic explorations is the dismantlement and careful analysis of the work of art, its representation, and its relationship to the viewer as she tries to operate inside the system she is investigating. The mechanisms and structures of the system thus often become integral parts of the practice, allowing the work to transcend the plane of art and the language of form. Her film works have been shown at Ludwig Museum Budapest, MSUB Belgrade, MGLC Ljubljana, Dokfest Kulturbahfhof – Kassel, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Les Rencontres Internationales - Gaîté Lyrique Paris, Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, Art Brussels Cinema Program and Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden. Her upcoming solo screenings include MSUM Ljubljana, Crawford Art Gallery Cork, the Artist Cinema at the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb.