Pi Artworks London is proud to present Borders Unfold
This is the first UK solo show of Sarajevo-born British artist Ana Cvorovic. Borders Unfold presents the latest expression of Ana Cvorovic’s ongoing enquiry migration and displacement. As part of her Arts Council-funded project with the same title, Borders Unfold is the culmination of a year-long exploration of the complex psychological effects of geographic dislocation, particularly within communities from former Yugoslavia displaced during the civil war of the nineties.
Aiming to create a link between her own experience of displacement and that of others, the artist pursued a research residency in Utica, New York, the city with the largest rate of refugees per capita in the US, in the summer of 2018. Having worked with the local community on interviews, workshops and sound recordings, now she returns to sculpture to unfold her own interpretation of this investigation.
The exhibition will feature a new body of work comprised of sculptural works, site- specific installations and a surround soundscape, inviting visitors to experience the gallery space as an immersive journey. Elements such as cast objects, oil paintings on tarpaulin, and everyday items incapsulated in resin, present some of Cvorovic’s recurring motifs, as well as new sculptural processes initiated specifically for this project. As with previous works, the vulnerability of childhood is evoked in visceral, sensorial ways.
Whilst in Discharged (2014) we saw child mattresses protruded by a metal frame, Borders Unfold introduces a series of aquatic references, like child swimming suits and colorful fishing paraphernalia, highlighting water as a host for varied psychological states. Often with a sense of trauma, the visitor is faced with contrasting hints to flow and stagnation, mobility and immobility, as if trying to bring back a time in life that was interrupted.
Exploring the intersections between sculpture and sound for the second time, after her site-specific work Closeness (2016) at
Koppel Project, Cvorovic brings to Pi Artworks London manipulated sound
recordings from her time in Utica, further infusing this multi-layered
intervention with a sense of fragmented memory and landscape.
With this work Ana Cvorovic brings forward, through her diverse
approaches to sculpture, both personal and collective perspectives of
psychogeography and contemporary migrant identity. This presentation has
the ambition to engage the audience in new critical, sensorial, and
formal ways towards this timely theme.
Borders Unfold will run until 26 October 2019. Ana Cvorovic will be
in conversation with London-based art critic, writer Sacha Craddock at 4
pm on the opening day, Saturday 28 September.
Ana Cvorovic: b. 1981, Sarajevo, lives and works in London. Ana Cvorovic moved to the UK with her family in 1989, fleeing the impending civil war in former Yugoslavia. A student at Chelsea College of Art, Brighton University and the Royal College of Art, Čvorović’s installation-based work considers the role of borders and boundaries and the psychological effects of war and migration.
In 2017 Cvorovic was shortlisted for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award
and in 2018 she became the recipient of the a-n Artist Bursary Award.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and across the UK including
Pi Artworks, Collyer Bristow, Backlit Gallery, Maddox Arts, Ben Uri and
The Koppel Project, as well as specially curated sections of Art15 and
Ch.ACO art fair, selected by Kathleen Soriano and Cecilia Fajardo-Hill.
In 2018 she participated in the ‘Who Are We’ project in association with
Counterpoints Arts at Tate Exchange.
“My installations are an exploration of the psychodynamics of place, specifically in the context of war, migration, socio-economic impoverishment and processes of globalisation. Investigations into psychological and physical shifts as we move from place to place question notions of belonging, structure, identity and freedom. My personal experiences of displacement during the onset of the Yugoslav civil war (1992-1995) continue to inform my practice and its concern with the current rapid formation of global diaspora.
The continuity between our internal and external realities that so
powerfully ruptures during the process of forced displacement creates
fragmentary experiences and a crisis in identity. This liminal state is
what the work often depicts, inviting the viewer to drift between its
paradoxical zones of seduction and danger, comfort and confinement,
movement and immobility. Taking both personal and historical events as a
point of departure, the work repurposes domestic everyday items imbued
with notions of childhood, memory and the unconscious.
Shifting from intimate areas of tight pictorial detail to immersive
spatial interventions, my practice seeks to convey the conflicting
experience of our vulnerable human condition.”
Date: 28 September – 26 October 2019 Location: Pi Artworks London Private View: Saturday, 28 September 2019, 16:00-21:00
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