Martina Grlić: Mindscapes

Martina Grlić: Mindscapes
29 March–26 April 2023

We are pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition by Martina Grlić entitled Mindscapes, which will take place on Wednesday, 29 March 2023, at 7 p.m. in KiBela space for art.


Grlić’s artworks reveal the uncertainty of memory and seek to question the learned ideologies involved in the formation of consciousness and identity – and their relationship to personal and political reality. As Valerie Mindlin writes in Artforum, for Grlić, »what’s recollected is not only fleeting and an inevitable casualty of time’s passing, but inherently contested as a remnant of Yugoslavia’s transformation from the socialist state in which she was born to a network of European-style capitalist democracies, with the accompanying self-imposed erasure and reconstruction of the national past.« Thus, the artist’s works, which are full of nostalgic imagery always surfacing and sinking with lurid appeal, become reflections of a public social attitude, tableaus of a series of fantasies, even portraits of naive superstitions that nevertheless persist in the contemporary cultural

Martina Grlić
(1982, Zagreb, Croatia) is a Croatian artist whose main focus is figurative painting. The methodology of her work includes the exploration of political, economic, and social heritage through the deconstruction of politics of memory, image reading, and gender aspects. The method she employs is based on ethnography and autoethnography of everyday life and popular culture, as well as the transformation of found imagery into the painting background. Grlić explores the phenomenon of memory and remembrance focusing on the changes that have taken place, and are still taking place in post-socialist society. In 2009, she received her M.A. from the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb, Croatia. Her works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Croatia, France, Poland, China, Italy, Austria, Germany, USA, and Russia. Some selected solo and group exhibitions are: Fragment gallery, New York (2022), Bačva Gallery, Zagreb (2022), Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2017), National Museum Gdanjsk, (2016), Ningbo Museum of Art, Ningbo, ROC (2015), KIBLA, Maribor (2014), Kunstlerhaus Vienna, (2011). In 2017, Martina Grlić won the HPB Prize for Young Artists, and in 2012, the First Prize for painting from Erste bank. In 2019, Grlić participated in De/construction of the painting residency in  Leipzig, Germany. Her work is part of collections at the National Museum of Modern Art in Zagreb and the Zuzeum Art Centre (Zuzans Collection) in Riga.

< Martina Grlić, Peace, love, stickers, 2022, oil on canvas.

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Photo: Janez Klenovšek

Photo: Janez Klenovšek



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