Andreja Kulunčić

Andreja Kulunčić’s art practice is based on exploration of new models of sociability and communication situations, an interest for socially engaged themes, confrontation with different audiences, and collaboration on collective projects. She sets up her own interdisciplinary networks, seeing artistic work as a research, process of cooperation and self-organization. She often asks the audience actively to participate and “finish” the work. Some of Kulunčić’s frequent subjects are correlations between economy, transition, feminism and racism.
Art is understood as research, by which research results are no longer primary, but are rather one of the integral components, the background on which artistic production unfolds. The interdisciplinary in which specific artistic skills are complemented by complementary skills from other areas is an important element of Andreja Kuluncic’s artistic practice, whose works are almost regularly created in collaboration with sociologists, philosophers, scientists, programmers, designers, or anthropologists.

By operating in the marginal areas of opposition and focusing her critique on the central values of imaginary institutions of globalizing societies and divisions conditioned by them, her artistic production suggests the capability of art to offer polemical grounds for the rethinking and dissolution of certain institutional forms and the creation of new ones.

Her work has been presented at international exhibitions, including: Documenta11 (Kassel), Manifesta4 (Frankfurt/Main), 8.Istanbul Biennial (Istanbul), Liverpool Biennial04 (Liverpool), 3.Tirana biennial (Tirana), 10.Triennial-India (New Delhi) among others.

At solo shows, including: Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City), Museo MADRE (Napoli), Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgrade), Art in General (New York), Artspace Visual Art Canter (Sydney), Darat Al Funun (Jordan), Gallery NOVA, Gallery Miroslav Kraljevic and Gallery Forum (Zagreb).

At collective shows in museums, including: Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), PS1 (New York), Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), Museum MUAC (Mexico City), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Garage Museum (Moskva), Kumu Art Museum (Tallin), Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb), Museum of Contemporary Art (Ljubljana), Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warshaw), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Rijeka), Lentos kunstmuseum (Linz), Museum of Modern Art (Saint-Etienne), Ludwig Museum (Budapest).

Artist’s residencies: MUAC&SOMA in Mexico City, Art in General in New York, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Artspace in Sydney, 10th Triennial-India in New Delhi and Jaipur.

Here are the books mentioned in the interview, with comments by Andreja  – Kristian Bang Foss, Death drives an Audi – I bought it today in Croatian translation which come out 2 months ago as I am traveling to do a piece in Denmark quite soon, and Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle – Not translated all 6 parts to Croatian so I did not read all yet, and Max Frisch diaries from1966. to 1971., I am reading again, He said (in the ’60-ties) We wanted workers, but people come instead .. something I was thinking a lot during my work on the “1CHF=1VOICE” piece in Zurich.

Andreja Kulunčić lives in Croatia, where she teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of New Media.

“1 CHF = 1 VOICE”, political art intervention, Gallery Shedhalle, Zurich, Switzerland, 2007 / 2008. BOSNIANS OUT! (Workers without frontiers), on-site project. Co-authors: OSMAN PEZIĆ, SAID MUJIĆ, IBRAHIM ČURIĆ. Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2008. “AUSTRIANS ONLY”, newspaper advertisements, posters, direct-mail items. Festival of Regions, Upper-Austria, 2005.

“ART-ACT-BOX”, exhibition and contemporary interactive dance performance based on methods and materials the artists used as means of activating the community during the 60s and the 70s. Author: Andreja Kulunčić / Choreography: Zrinka Užbinec / Performers: Zrinka Užbinec, Ana Kreitmeyer, Maja Kalafatić and Mar Medina. Zagreb, Barcelona, Slovenj Gradec and Novi Sad, 2016 / 2017