Siniša Labrović

Split, 2017, Photo Goran Škofić.

Siniša Labrović was born in Sinj, Croatia, in 1965. He has exhibited all over Croatia and abroad. In 2005 he attracted the attention of world media (such as Reuters, BBC, Ansa, New York Post, Guardian, Times, NBC, ABC) with his work Flock.org in which sheep were the contestants in a reality show. In the 2007 for the video Family Diary/News he won the purchase prize at the first T-HT and Museum of Contemporary Art competition in Zagreb.

In 2009 at the 11th Istanbul Biennial he presented the work (book) Lisansustu Egitim/Postagraduate Education.

In 2012 he represented Croatia on 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, titled Common Ground, together with Pula Group, Hrvoslava Brkušić, Igor Bezinović and Boris Cvjetanović.

Siniša Labrović is a freelance artist who lives in Zagreb.

The books mentioned in the interview that he is reading are the following: Zygmunt Bauman, Modernity and the Holocaust, Julian Barnes, The Noise of Time and Virginie Despentes, Vernon Subutex 1.

Interview, with: Nenad Stipanić, Performance, Multimeridijan 16 / Bodies in Dialogue and Reflection Processes, Gallery Aneks, Pula, 2016, Photo: Mladen Jergović
Private Property, Performance, Tattoo artist: Cortina Cortina, Performance festival Dopust, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, 2017, Photo: Žarko Aleksić

 

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  1. […] Sinisa Labrovic is in the process of preparing performances for the coming season. The Croatian artist exhibits around the world. In London, he will undertake a performance titled Interview during which Labrovic will be interviewed in the style of an interrogation but with the sort of questions often posed to celebrities (who are you wearing, etc.). Eventually, the interview devolves into torture as Labrovic is unable to correctly answer the questions. The performance is largely unrehearsed and the torture methods are authentic. Labrovic’s methods fall in line with a tradition in performance art where artists put themselves in harm’s way. While some artists believe it is the responsibility of the audience to intervene, Labrovic does not necessarily follow this logic with regards to his performances, though there have been times when others have intervened. Labrovic supports whatever choices viewers make. “When you put yourself in this situation you are surprised that someone is suffering and you might decide very quickly what you should do…you might decide very quickly which risks you will take.” […]