Sanja Iveković Sweet Violence
December 18, 2011–March 26, 2012
Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium
This is the first retrospective in the United States of Sanja Iveković’s audacious work as a feminist, activist, and video and performance pioneer. Iveković (b. 1949, Zagreb) came of age in the post–1968 period in the former Yugoslavia, during a period when artists were breaking free from institutional settings, laying ground for a form of opposition to official modernist culture in an alternative movement known as the New Art Practice. Iveković’s work engages with a range of subjects, from the “sweet violence” of media seduction in the 1970s, to the transformation of reality from communist to post-communist political systems in East Central Europe following the dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989, to the disregard for women’s rights that pervades today both in transitional societies and in democracies that pretend otherwise. Addressing such complex matters in a variety of mediums—conceptual photomontage, video, social sculpture, drawing, posters, performance—the artist has continually challenged the status quo and the politics of power.
The exhibition is organized by Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography.