Project leaders: Duje Dorotka, Božo Majstorović, Marija Plenković
Concept: Božo Majstorović
Exhibition curators: Vanja Babić (Snježana Ban), Božo Majstorović (Kažimir Hraste), Iris Slade (Loren Živković Kuljiš)
Katamaran Art is a joint project of the Jelsa Municipal Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, launched in 2018. It is an exhibition programme that takes place alternately in Jelsa and Split during the summer months. The name refers to one of the busiest catamaran lines on the Adriatic, that between Split and Jelsa, which transports thousands of passengers every year, especially in summer. This circulation of people and goods is mainly related to tourism and the daily life of the domicile population. The aim of Katamaran Art is to actualize the third, equally important dimension of travel, which is the traffic of ideas, in this specific case those related to art.
In terms of programme, Katamaran Art is open to various generational, media, and poetic combinations. The project task presented to the artists included in Katamaran Art 2022, namely Snježana Ban, Kažimir Hraste, and Loren Živković Kuljiš, is the conception and realization of artworks that will take into consideration the specific exhibition context.
Snježana Ban (b. 1980 in Zagreb) graduated in 2007 from the Department of Art Education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in the class of Prof Ante Rašić, and in 2008 from the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb, majoring in fashion design. She received her PhD in 2019 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, under the mentorship of Prof Ante Rašić and Blaženka Perica, PhD. Since 2007, she has been employed at the Department of Art Education, Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She has presented her work in six solo exhibitions and a number of group and thematic exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. With Tea Hatadi and Ante Rašić, she organized the thematic group exhibition Retroperspective: These works could be... at the Prsten and PM Gallery, Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU) in Zagreb (2016). She created the concept of the group exhibition Art is Doubt, held in three parts during 2020 at the Lexart warehouse in Zagreb. She was awarded the Grand Prize of the 28th Youth Salon.
Kažimir Hraste (b. 1954 in Supetar on Brač) graduated in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in the class of Prof Valeri Michieli. He completed his postgraduate studies in sculpture in Ljubljana in 1984, and spent one semester of professional training in Rome with a scholarship of the Italian government. He is one of the founders of the Academy of Fine Arts in Split, where he is also employed as a full professor of sculpture. He has presented his work at some thirty solo and more than a hundred group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. He is the author of numerous public monuments and statues, among others The Risen Christ in Visovac (1988); Don Frane Bulić in Solin (1991); Monument to Tin Ujević in Vrgorac (1993); City Fountain in Marmontova Street, Split (1998); Monument to King Petar Svačić in Miljevci (2002); Monument to the Soldiers Fallen in the Homeland War in Omiš (2004); The Apple in the Biblical Garden Stomorija in Kaštel Novi (2008); Monument to the Soldiers Fallen in the Homeland War in Ploče, (2009); and Monument to Dražen Petrović in Šibenik (2011). He has received numerous awards, distinctions, and state decorations for his work. He has been a regular member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2022.
Loren Živković Kuljiš (b. 1973 in Split) graduated in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1997, in the class of Prof Stipe Sikirica. He was an artist in residence in San Francisco in 2000, and held lectures to students at The California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) and at UC Berkeley. Since 2007, he has been teaching at the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Split. He has presented his work at some twenty solo and a number of group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. He is the author of the monument to Tonči Petrasov Marović at Sustipan in Split (2019). He won the Third Prize (with Ana Šverko) in the Competition for the Monument to Jakov Gotovac in Split (2009) and the Third Prize (with Ana Šverko) in the Competition for the Statue in the Entrance Hall of the Faculty of Economics in Split (2004). He has won several professional awards, including one of the three equivalent awards at the 7th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture (2000) and one of the three equivalent awards at the 38th Split Salon (2013). His artworks are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Split and the Glyptotheque of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb.