Peeling Away: HOME MEMORIES

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Biljana Golubovic | Dragan Dragin

Where: Freud Museum | 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX

When: 6th October 2018 from 11:00 – 17:00

GALLERY 106 is delighted to announce first solo show of performance artist Biljana Golubovic and fine-art photographer Dragan Dragin, to be held at the Freud Museum, London.

This event will feature distinguished guest speakers from the fields of Cultural Sociology, Philosophy and Psychology, to be announced in due course.

GALLERY 106 is delighted to announce first solo show of

performance artist Biljana Golubovic and fine-art photographer Dragan Dragin, to be held at the Freud Museum, London.

This event will feature distinguished guest speakers from the fields of Cultural Sociology, Philosophy and Psychology, to be announced in due course.

The structure of this all-day event will be sent to you in a separate email, closer to the day.


 

Peeling Away: HOME MEMORIES explores the tender relationship between body and being, between house and home. Through documentary, photography, film, diary entries, and interviews this exhibition explores the entwinement of material and immaterial, a relationship exposed particularly during processes of habitat decay and disintegration. As a home is demolished, it looks as if the memories of its inhabitants are too, the identity of whom is gradually peeled from the walls into insignificance.

Project background

In the autumn of 2008, the Art Nouveau house in Malá Strana, Prague is sold to become a hotel. Its interior gutted, the house is gradually and permanently wiped of any trace of its former life as a home of 18 years. In response to their eviction, Biljana and Dragan begin to record the emotional and physical details of their journey from residents in their own home to squatters in a half-demolished house. Compelled by these recordings and changes, they begin a multimedia project which captures the process of removing traces of human existence and regressing a home back into a house.

A home is an intricate collage of the past and present. Once it is lost, it is human nature to repeat the ritual: to apply the layers of touch, presence and humanity to a new space and call it home. This cycle is at its most habitual in the modern age of crises, immigration and deprivation. What dies in this process, and remains living, is left to be explored.

Biljana Golubovic and Dragan Dragin have worked together for the past 25 years, and their artwork stems from field experiences in rural former Yugoslavia during the years of civil war crises. Drawing from these experiences, their collective work is situated around the hidden aspects of personal memory, communal memory, and memory of the landscape in relation with rituals of transition. Their explorations in multimedia find the points of intersection between cultures and utilise these to create art which finds the true, human meaning of ‘home’.

Dragan Dragin is photographer and video maker. 

He studied photography at Film and TV School at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In his work he explores relations between human body and space in different social and cultural conditions like ritual of transition rituals, landscape, ecology disaster or home and migration  

(photo collections: Landscape as a fate, Planet of Shepherds, Home project. His work has been presented at numerous group and individual exhibitions (Belgium, Italy, Poland, France, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Serbia, South Korea and many more)  

Dragin work is featured in private and public collections (e.g. Prague National Gallery; Duncan Foundation Prague; Tanz Museum, Cologne, Germany). He won award for portfolio Diary of Silence at Festival Les Rencontres de la Photography International in Arles, Luskaček and Famu Fest in Czech Republic.

Biljana Golubović is a performance artist, teacher, and video maker. She holds an MA from the The University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy department of Fine Art History and PhD in Directing and Dramaturgy from the University of Prague, where she also lectured theatre anthropology. Her theatre performances and community-based art projects have involved artists, mental hospital patients, asylum seekers, and other groups in Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Poland, Montenegro, and Serbia etc.

Golubovic and Dragin are working a team. They founded Summer Academy for performing arts BARTcamp, in Montenegro. 

Biljana won the Czech Dance Platform 2017 award for the dramaturgy and directing of ‘Swish’.

The Freud Museum in London is a museum dedicated to Sigmund Freud, located in the house where Freud lived with his family during the last year of his life. Wikipedia

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