Renata Poljak’s Partenza

Renata Poljak’s Partenza
Tuesday, April 25
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Artist Renata Poljak will screen her short film Partenza for its United States premiere, followed by a book launch for Don’t Turn Your Back on Me.

Partenza, a 2016 short film by Croatian artist Renata Poljak, gauges the emotional consequences of living in economic exile while trying to make sense of visual territory, specifically the sea. The work is set on the Adriatic island of Brač in its southernmost tip in the city of Bol. Partenza (Italian for departure, commonly used in many of Croatia’s island and coastal dialects) profiles the sea as a space and subject of political and emotional significance, charged with creating a sense of displacement. Employing cinematic motifs of the avant-garde such as cinéma vérité, soviet constructivism, and hints of surrealism, Partenza illustrates the gendered waves of 20th century Croatian labor emigration to Latin America through the eyes of those left behind in Bol.

On the occasion of Poljak’s solo exhibition An Ordinary Life (2016, Museum of Fine Arts, Split) the publication Don’t Turn Your Back on Me has been produced by Verlag für moderne Kunst and features texts by Elisabeth Lebovici, Mladen Lučić, Zeljka Himbele, Alaina Claire Feldman, Branko Franceschi, and more. A short discussion between Ana Janevski (Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA) and the artist will follow the screening. Copies of the publication will be available for purchase.

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


April 25, 2017

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Renata Poljak

Renata Poljak (b. 1974) graduated from the School of Fine Arts, Split and later spent a year in international post-diplome at the E.R.B.A.N. in France. In 2002 she was a visiting artist at San Francisco Art Institute, and in 2008 she was selected for Art In General’s residency program in New York. She was a resident in Cité des Arts and in Recollets in Paris. Poljak’s work has been exhibited widely, through solo or group shows, biennials, and film festivals. She received several awards, such as the Golden Black Box for a best short film at Berlin Black Box Festival in Cinema Babylon in 2006, and the THT award - one of the most important contemporary art awards in Croatia in 2012. In 2010 she had a retrospective of her films in the program of Prospective Cinema (Prospectif Cinéma) at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and in October 2012 at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Her 2013 solo exhibition Uncertain Memories in New York City was selected as Best in Show by the Village Voice. In 2014, a retrospective of her work was presented in Montreal as two parallel solo exhibitions in two art centers, Occurence and Optica. Recent group shows include Prophetia at Fundazio Joan Miro in Barcelona and Stories from the Edge at Kunsthaus Graz. In 2016, she had two major museum shows in Croatia and one at the Danubiana Art Museum in Bratislava.

Ana Janevski

Ana Janevski is currently Associate Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art. Most recently, she co-organized the performance series Words in the World at MoMA. From 2007 to 2011, she held the position of Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland, where she curated, among many other projects, the large-scale exhibition As Soon As I Open My Eyes I See a Film, on the topic of Yugoslav experimental film and art from the 1960s and 1970s. She also edited a book with the same title. In 2010 she co-curated the first extensive show about experimental film in Yugoslavia, This Is All Film! Experimental Film in Yugoslavia 1951–1991, at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. Janevski also co-curated, with Pierre Bal-Blanc, the performance exhibition The Living Currency.

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