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12 Jul 2016

Cinemaniac Think Film 2016

Jasmina Cibic, Assaf Gruber.
Couresy of the artists

FORUM: Jasmina Cibic, Assaf Gruber
Apoteka - Space for Contemporary Art


Cinemaniac Think Film 2016 at Pula Film Festival. Curated by Branka Bencic 10. - 16. 7. opening 10. 7. 20 h hours: 10 - 23

Branka Bencic

Istarska 30
52100 Pula

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Exhibition Forum brings two artistic postions: Jasmina Cibic and Assaf Gruber and their recent films - positions and practices of working with artist moving image and exploring 'new narratives', where boundaries and possibilities of representation, language, image, space for political speech, models of production, distribution and presentation are explored.
The discursive space in which the works of Jasmina Cibic and Assaf Gruber meet, as forum, is, then, a place for the inscription of different ideas and positions. The artists endorse the approach in the comprehensions of the range and currency of artistic production, in the confrontation of past and present, the positions of history and theory of art, cultural policy and institutional critique, while the interests of exhibited artists in modernist tendencies, of the period of the avant-garde of the 1930s and of the high modernism of the 1950s and 1960s can be considered in the context of the 're-examination of the history of the utopian idea'.

Films and videos by Jasmina Cibic are constructed around the idea of architecture and discourse that she produces. The artist centres her exploration around the manners in which architecture can become an embodiment of national ideologies, identities and power representations.

Assaf Gruber's film The Right is a part of the complex project The Anonymity of the Night which centres around the questions about the manner in which political ideologies of subjects are intertwined with individual, personal stories and about the way in which they form social relations within private and public spheres. The Right puts art and its institutions in the spotlight.

Jasmina Cibic is an internationally acclaimed artist born in Ljubljana. She lives and works in London.
Assaf Gruber (1980, Jerusalem) lives and works in Berlin.

Cinemanic / Think Film, explores the context of artists' film, as a space'in between', as a form of a critical practice that brings to discussion questions on the institutions of galleries, museums and cinemas, visual art and cinema.
Established in 2002 as a program of the Pula Film Festival, is a long-term research platform questioning the connection between moving images and contemporary art. It presents recent Croatian and international production of artist film and video, experimental films and multimedia installations as well as the film heritage.

The project is curated by Branka Bencic.