A new project of the young multimedia artist Vanja Babić builds upon the already established practice of organizing site-specific exhibitions aimed at a critical examination of micro-politics and local contexts, as well as broader social problems on a global level.
In the focus of research that the artist intends to conduct in Split and its surroundings is the problem of consumerism, specifically the side effects of excessive production and consumption, waste creation and recycling, as well as the relationship of its citizens to these topics.
By combining the methodology of his previous work that includes personal experience, research, archiving and presentation of the observed phenomena using the media of photography, video, object and installation, Babić will showcase the constructed situation whose goal is to force the visitors to confront numerous aspects of the aforementioned problems, such as the improper disposal of dangerous construction and demolition waste and unavoidable consequences of man’s irresponsible treatment of such waste, as key problems in today’s society. It is precisely this effort to raise awareness about different problems, encourage strategic thinking and activate collective consciousness/conscience that are some of the important goals of Babić’s artistic activity.
VANJA BABIĆ (Zagreb, 1984) graduated from the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences in 2008, and holds a Master’s degree from the Animation and New Media Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, from 2013. He started his exhibition activity as a student, and the same year he graduated he won the Essl Art Award, the Becks fine arts scholarship and a special recognition at the exhibition Energy, organized by INA and the Academy of Fine Arts. He exhibited in several solo exhibition and participated in numerous group exhibitions and artistic actions in Zagreb, Koprivnica, Vienna, London, Switzerland, and elsewhere. In 2017, he was the resident artist in the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, as part of the programme of residential exchange between that institution and Pogon, Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth.
Inspiration and motivation for his artistic work in recent years is based on examining the governing social and cultural postulates, consumerism, marketing, role of money in society, different types of labour and workers, problem of waste and recycling, and a manner in which people shape their lives in relation to those parts of the system. https://vanjababic.wordpress.com/