Thursday 5 May 2011
at 6.30 pm
The gallery will be closed in August.
For the first time in Italy, we present works of Tanja Roscic, artist of Croatian-Albanian origin born in Zurich in 1980.
In an intuitive way Tanja Roscic deconstructs the imagery of the present in order to analyze it and create a new world of images. With her sculptures, performances, drawings and collages she investigates the strategies of individual and collective identity. Her collages often show masks created cutting out faces and figures from magazines, which are then layered, reworked, transformed into new auratic presences.
In this context the works of Roscic trigger a forceful, ironic confrontation between the “subject” and the viewer, evoking mystical, surreal worlds that gravitate around the themes of becoming, metamorphosis and transience.
The artist makes use of an aesthetic charged with glamour, occult references and the culture of protest - yet at the same time, her works keep their enigmatic, abstract character intact.
Tanja Roscic is especially interested in the symbolism of the human figure, expressed in the representation of young women, whose features are transformed by overlays, omissions and fragmentations. These images found in the works on paper, composed of images taken from the media and abstract elements of color, reveal their quality not only through their tactile aspects, but also through an introverted emotional focus. The same thing happens with the sculptures that continue the game of masks and figures, similar to dolls, and interpret the theme of representation through the abstract form of the hat as an expansion of the physical and mental sphere.
Roscic’s works communicate force as well as inner sensibilities, and often refer to alchemical symbols, reflecting the concept of transformation from one material to another. Yet in spite of their symbolism and the ironic reflections about media, the works remain reserved, delicate. Tanja Roscic is thus part of a generation of young artists capable of reflecting on mental and physical states with a subtle, timely approach.
Over the last two years Roscic has had solo shows at the Kunstraum München in Germany and the Modern Institute of Zurich; she has also taken part in many group shows in Switzerland and Germany. In 2009 she was awarded a residency in New York.