Research of the topics of identity, space, territory and migrations is the focus of the artistic practice of Tina Gverović who is recognized on Croatian and international art scene through her carefully considered artistic projects. Hers is a very personal poetic vision, very different from the illustrative documental approach of numerous thematically relatable artistic practices, that speaks of complexities of contemporary identity governed by geopolitical and cultural surroundings. Through layered installations, assemblages, drawings and video works the artist pervades personal and social memories, real and imaginative narratives, and explores the effects that surroundings have on humans but at the same time leaving the possibility of distancing or complete liberation from these conditionings. The artist speaks of the bodies, or rather human figures as symbols of such relations: “Are we talking about bodies that aren’t subject to any external forces, either political or in the realms of physics? Or are we talking about bodies that fall through the gaps of any social or political support structures? Can a body inhabit both those positions at once? We could think about bodies that are enveloped in or subject to ancient rhythms and forces of the natural world, folded into waves, currents and so on; bodies which, and this might be fantasy, are beyond the daily grind of politics as we know it?”
The exhibition Infinite Recurrences is Tina Gverović’s first solo exhibition in Split and it is the result of the Museum of Fine Arts Award from the last 54th Zagreb Salon of Visual Arts.
Tina Gverović works with installation, drawing, painting, sound, text and video. Her work – often in the form of immersive, disorientating installations – explores the economy and history of materials. One of the key questions in her work is where lies the potential of the political vision and re-invention? She finished MA at Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and holds a doctorate from Middlesex University in London. Her work was recently shown as part of the Folkestone Triennial, 57thVenice Biennial, Corner DC, WKV Stuttgart, Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg, Trigon – Post Environment in Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien Graz, Suzhou Documents – Biennial, Tate Modern, and Busan Biennial. Her public art commission conceived in collaboration with Ben Cain was recently installed in The University of Reading Campus. She is Head of sculpture at Camberwell College of Arts and she held teaching posts at Slade School of Arts, Dutch Art Institute Roaming Academy, and WHW Academy in Zagreb.