2021 _ Grain-19 / Prozori Gallery, Zagreb

curated by Irena Bekić
5 March – 6 April 2021

Series of photographic diptychs by Duška Boban was presented for the first time in the online exhibition project titled A View from the Inside that was initiated by the Museum of Fine Arts during the last year’s lockdown. At that time notions of isolation and distance have started to change the way we live and perceive our surroundings, Duška Boban has reacted to the new situation through her long photographic practice aimed at critical reading of urbanity. However, this time she focused on what was the most endangered aspect of urban life – the citizens. She reached for her personal archive of analogous photographs depicting urban landscape of Split and formed diptychs through reframing the original photographs and enlarging the segments that showed people seemingly hidden within the architecture. So, the photographs show a girl reading on a balcony, or a passer-by nearly hidden in the shadows of the trees, along the well-known skyscrapers by Radić or the south façade of the Križine hospital. Considering the fact that those are analogous photographs, the process of enlarging the detail has resulted in blurry, grainy images of people that visually suggest a completely new narrative about the relation between us and our surroundings.

More over, this exhibition in Prozori Gallery, on the ground floor of a modernist building in Peščenica (a municipality of Zagreb), coincides with the energy renovation of the building. The temporary setup of the construction site around the gallery has become not only a matching environmental and aesthetic framework for an exhibition that examines urban transformations driven by changes in ideologies and city policies, but also a conceptual and actual spatial extension of the work. 

The author invited the visitors of the gallery/library to engage in recognitions and new imaginings, drawing them into a forensic game where they reconstruct places, events, and other gazes. In fact, she asked them to write a story that could have happened to the enlarged characters at the moment captured by the camera and send it to a dedicated email address zrno.grain19@gmail.com.

The exhibition is organised in collaboration with Museum of Fine Arts in Split.