How to Do Things With Words
Galerija AŽ, Žitnjak 32, Zagreb
November 13 – November 28, 2015

Solo exhibition at artist-run-space Atelieri Žitnjak showing for the first time in Zagreb the pieces The Eumenides (2014), No Country Other Than Liberty (2013) and Travel in the Box (2007 – 2015) and performance / script reading of Evil Earth’s Notebook.

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Boris Greiner in Petikat LINK | PDF
Bojan Krištofić in Kulturpunkt  LINK  | PDF

The CC Tobačna 001 artist-in-residence centre is hosting Lala Raščić, who now lives and works in Zagreb, Sarajevo and New Orleans. She finished her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Her works, which ideologically inhabit the narrative gap between concept and theatricality, are created through videos, artefacts, installations and drawings. She attended artist-in-residence programs at the Rijksakademie (Amsterdam) Platform Garanti (Istanbul), Forum Stadpark (Graz), KulturKontakt (Vienna) and Cite des Arts (Paris). Raščić is the recipient of the awards Future of Europe (Leipzig, 2013), T-HT and MSU (Zagreb, 2007), and The Young Visual Artist Award – Zvono for Bosnia and Herzegovina (2006).

Raščić has exhibited internationally with recent solo exhibitions including The Horizon Tries (Good Children Gallery, New Orleans), How to do Things With Words (ŠKUC, Ljubljana), Whatever the Object (GfZK, Leipzig) and No Country Other Than Liberty (SIZ at Mali Salon, Rijeka). Group shows include Delta Dawn (Flight Gallery, San Antonio), Memory Lane (Galerije du Jour, Agnes B, Paris) and the 54th October Salon (Belgrade). Her work has recently been featured in the book Introduction to Contemporary Art in B&H by Jonathan Blackwood, published by Duplex100m2, and in her book Lala’s Reader, published by P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. with a  foreword by Jelena Vesić and Vladimir Jerić-Vlidi. Her work is included in public and private collections in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and USA.

I am featured in the book Introduction to Contemporary Art in BiH by Jonathan Blackwood, published by Duplex100m2.
book launch:
August 18, 2015,19h
ObalaKulina bana 22
71000 Sarajevo

This will be the first ever book on contemporary art in Bosnia & Herzegovina, in any language.

The book derives from a period of three years of research and participatory observation around the differing art activities in BiH. In a challenging contextual essay, the key drivers of contemporary art in the country are considered. The main themes discussed are the legacy of the 1992-95 war, the collapse of infrastructure, informality, futavizam, art activism and politics, art and the environment, Yugoslavism, and diaspora.

In addition to fleshing out these broader themes, the book will consider key works of contemporary art in grater detail, in order to open out the complex interplay of these themes in individual works.

Lavishly illustrated, the book will provide a key starting point both for the general and the academic reader, and will stand as a guide to BiH art for many years to come.

Installation views from the exhibition “The Horizon Tries” including new work by Lala Raščić, and videos by Fokus Grupa (HR) and Lana Čmajčanin (BiH),

The Horizon Tries-01

“The Horizon Tries” explores the concept of landscape in the semantic field nature – culture – landscape. The exhibition includes new work by Lala Raščić, featuring videos by Fokus Grupa (HR) and Lana Čmajčanin (BiH), complemented by a series of events scheduled through the duration of the show.

February 14, 6 – 9 PM: opening reception
February 22, 6 PM: artist talk “Constructing the Urban Landscape” with Bettina Lockemann
March 1, 4 PM: exhibition walk-through with Lala Raščić
March 7, 6 PM: lecture “Élisée Reclus & the Apocalyptic Social Geography of New Orleans” with John Clark
March 8, 4 PM: finissage and artist talks “Abstraction & Landscape” with Jessica Bizer & Brian Guidry