Subset of a Set / Vanja Smiljanić and Marija Šujica

20-06-2013 to 26-06-2013

Performance Subset of a Set (clinical feature of a metal, a crystal and a kettle) 

Starting with publications developed during two year research process of these two artists, “Subset of a set (clinical feature of a metal, a crystal and a kettle)” is a performance where is treated a certain object and the phenomena of its’ transformation, from the perception of the book to the perception of a performance. Objects/documents in the exhibition space, become relics which are testifying de-teritorization procedure of a mental space of the book. In the process there is a tendency to evoke observers ‘perception and to confront him/her with cannons of engagement with the book. Examining the use value of objects integrated in both publications, the idea is to enfold their mobilized structure and consequently abolish their status of intangibility. This process of transformation is a core of the performance.

Biographies of the artists:

Marija Šujica (Kruševac, Serbia 1981.) is an artist, working mainly in performance. She completed her bachelor studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts, in Belgrade, followed by a master degree at the Dutch Art Institute. Šujica currently lives and works in the Netherlands.
She has exhibited and performed widely throughout Serbia, Finland, Ukraine, Lebanon, Senegal, Germany and the Netherlands. Since 2010, she has been collaborating in diverse research projects with If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want to Be a Part Of Your Revolution, a performance and theory platform from Amsterdam. 

Vanja Smiljanic (Belgrade, Serbia 1986) is a visual and performance artist living and working between Lisbon and Cologne. She concluded the MFA at the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, in 2012, and got a degree in Fine Arts at the Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa, in 2009. From 2010 - 2012 is part of project curated by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be a Part Of Your Revolution, a performance and theory platform from Amsterdam, where she works on the research performance projects with the group of 12 artists. Consequently they are involved in collaboration with Raw Material Company, Dakar (2012) and Bulegua z|b, Bilbao (2011) and develop in situ projects which are embracing the topic of a practice of the theatre, and production of an affect. In her solo performances, by using an ever-growing archive of objects she creates, she labels them as found documents to create autonomous artworks, Smiljanić seeks to explore and question various paths throughout fictional and experiential universes.