Interviews | April 9, 2021 |

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Interview: Ivana Butković
Luca Curci talks with Ivana Butković during Venice International Art Fair 2021 in Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello and THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Ivana Butković was born in Rijeka in 1985. She graduated in 2015. with a Master’s degree from the Academy of Applied Arts (APU), Department of Sculpture. She has exhibited at several joint and solo exhibitions of which the notable ones are: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijek (MMSU), exhibition “Art / War / Transition”, 2020; ULUPUH Gallery, Zagreb (52nd Zagreb Salon of Applied Arts and Design); Lamparna Gallery, Labin (exhibition “Vanishing points”, 2016.); Red Carpet Showrooms, Karlsplatz, Vienna (Red Carpet Art Award – International winners Croatia, 2016.); 8. ETNOFILM, Rovinj; MMSU, Rijeka, Gallery MC, New York (APU Student Exhibition “Razdvajanja/ Dissociations“, the University of Rijeka within the KvadArt programme and APU, 2013); Glyptotheque HAZU, Zagreb (11th Triennale of Croatian Sculpture, 2012); Palace of Diocletian, Split (exhibition “Chair/ Wall”), APU in collaboration with University of Split, Academy of Arts, 2011). As a student at APU (course Costumography and Fashion) she collaborated with the Postgraduate specialist study programme “Acting, Media, Culture Studies”, and university undergraduate study programme “Acting and Media” on productions as a costume designer (“Sisters”, 2013, “And…a lovely day”, 2014; “Antigone”, 2015; “The Stranger”, 2016). From 2005 – 2008 she is an active member of The Rubicon Theatre. Also participated in productions as a performer and costume designer, and on the international festivals with Theatre; CITF, Chuncheon, South Korea (Synergy 1, 2008); DAF Kochani, Macedonia (InterNetWork – second fractal, 2008); GIREP, Nicosia, Cyprus (InterNerWork – second fractal, 2008) She was awarded the “Award Academy of Applied Arts University of Rijeka as the most successful student in the year 2011”, and Austrian Award for Young Artists “Red Carpet Art Award Croatia 2015”.

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Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Ivana Butković I’m redefining the way I have been functioning through the years. This process was followed by a necessity of breaking the old habits and rethinking further direction, which was either lost or at many crossroads. It has served me as a starting point for further work. Navigated with personal experiences and imaginative freedom, this work acknowledges the changes I’m going through.

LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
IB – I have had an interest in fashion/border fashion, design, and body since I first started to present my work in public. In the period from 2005. to 2006. fashion performances took place. They were engaged with moments of the body in critical positions. Using materials such as papier mache, rubber, and steel in these creations has defined them as sculptural – models would appear literally as fragmented shells and casts of the bodies themselves. -Krešo Kovačiček, (Black and White, 2006). During this time period, I have joined the Theatre Rubikon (Corporeal mime and Biomechanics workshops) and started to work with my own body as a performer, sometimes also as a costume designer for the theatre. Rubikon was a non-institutional, experimental, independent theatre. Their transdisciplinarity was connecting art, science, and education. From 2009. to 2015. I enrolled at
the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka and had a Master’s degree in the Department of Sculpture. I’ve continued my previous fascinations, experimenting with unconventional materials and ideas (workshops Invisible/Material, Edge of Space). Sinergy of cosmography, sculpture, and movement, enriched with the experience of performance, were combined to create a living picture (Tableu Vivant), and documented in a form of a visual essay in the medium of video (Non-Verbal Magical Story, 2015.). In my artistic practice today, I have continued performing to my own narratives.

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LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
IB – I’m inspired by human nature, Love, Knowledge, Eros, and Thanatos.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
IB – It is admitting limitations and coping with personal duel. Embracing the idea of progress is seen as The way of the Lotus flower. Although its roots are in the mud, it grows to be one of the most beautiful and the most well-balanced flowers out there.

LC – What is your creative process like?
IB – Some creative processes are strong enough to lead me to creative solutions, I admire those and tend to listen to and trust them. Other times, I take a lot of reflection on a subject that intrigues me.

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LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
IB – I like the idea of constant change. This was also the first association connected to your vision of art and the liquidity manifesto. If it means to be like water, the possibilities are boundless. The festival’s theme questions the borders of body, mind, and soul. I can resonate with that. The Future Landscapes and reinventing ourselves.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
IB – Video Gravity was made in 2010., in cooperation with colleague Mia Vučemilović (camera, editing), having participated in a workshop on the theme of Invisible/Material. The idea was to exponent the connection of the two – Invisible and Material. With elements of movement and dance, in a rather stuck scenario – taping in the glue. In correlation with the festival theme, I would say it reflects our boundaries and is associated with a sense of freedom and infinite extension.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
IB – I was interested to see the Art Fair in different cities, curious about the similarities and obsessions in different cultural centers of the world. Especially during the past two years. Because of the historical cycle that is happening to the whole world, it is almost necessary to connect and explore other people’s ways of coping with the same situation. The reality we all know about is drastically and forever changed.

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LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
IB – I couldn’t come to the exhibition, and don’t have an idea about its real outcome. I’m still discovering it in retrospect. The exhibition in Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello was inspiring, especially because of its representation of Tempo Che Fu…

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID Group?
IB – There is a lot of potential and qualities within.

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