Damir Očko

Works

Damir Očko

“Aesthetic, conceptual and formal frameworks of Damir Očko’s artistic practice are mainly shaped around a central position of a moving image based work, exploring complex cinematic relations to create visually and intellectually immersive works. Such constellations are structured around a film work as their central place. Both his exhibitions and artworks represent complex settings, meeting places of various narratives. Forms of language as communication and mechanism of the body have an important role in Očko’s practice. His artistic interest is based in exploring poetic and political potential, placing the human body as an image and a critical space to reflect on forms of power, fragility, or violence and its relations to environment – a winter landscape, a volcano, a stage, or an abstract darkness, as fragments of the world we inhabit. His exhibitions usually unfold as apparatuses by which the artist questions his approach to the process of artistic production itself, establishing a subjective space where film and poetry meet.” – Branka Benčić, curator

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Born in 1977, lives and works in Zagreb (HR)

STUDIES AND RESIDENCIES

2011

Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin (IE)

2010

Nordic Art Center Dale (NO)

Künstlerresidenz Blumen, Leipzig (DE)

2008-2009

Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (DE)

2007

HIAP, Helsinki (FI)

KulturKontakt, Vienna (AT)

Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art, Tirana (AL)

1997-2003

Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb (HR)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Solo shows

2020

‘Pear Fate Meter’, Gaep, Bucharest (RO)

2019

‘Human Scale’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (HR)

2018

‘Desire in Language’ (with Roman Štetina), National Gallery Prague (CZ) 

‘Dicta’, Jeu de Paume, Paris (FR)

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‘Dicta’, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (FR)

‘Dicta’, Museo Amparo, Puebla (MX)

2016

‘Repeat After Me’, Gaep (formerly EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS), Bucharest (RO)

‘Year Out of Shape’, Tiziana di Caro Gallery, Naples (IT)

‘Damir Ocko’, DAZIBAO, Montreal (CA)

2015

‘Studies on Shivering: The Third Degree’, Croatian Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale (IT)

‘Studies on Shivering: The Hunt’, Kasia Michalski Gallery, Warsaw (PL)

2014

‘Studies on Shivering’, Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz (AT) (cat.)

2012

‘Damir Ocko: The Kingdom of Glottis’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)

Group shows

2019

‘Our Selfie’, MO Museum, Vilnius (LT)

T-HTAward, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (HR)

‘54th Zagreb Salon: Without Anesthesia’, HDLU Zagreb (HR)

2018

‘CUT/REZ’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (HR)

‘RECTO/VERSO’, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (FR)

2016

‘Politiche Della Natura’, Fondazione Zimei, Pescara (IT) 

‘Le temps de l’audace et de l’engagement – De leur temps (5)’, Institut d’art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes (FR)

‘NORMALITIES’, Austrian Cultural Forum New York (USA)

SELECTED FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS 

2019

‘Double Feature: Damir Očko’, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (DE)

2018

PICA – Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (USA)

‘Il Corpo è un indumento sacro’, Museo Novecento, Florence (IT)

2017

Rencontres Internationales-Paris-Berlin-Madrid, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (DE) 

2016

The 14th International FestivalSignes de Nuit Paris (Night Award for The Third Degree) (FR)

2014

25fps, International experimental film and video festival: Reflexion program, Zagreb (HR)

2013

‘Artist Cinema: Damir Očko’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (HR)

Press

“În fond, tocmai ăsta e centrul gravitațional al lumii pe care o creează Očko: o încercare de a-l înțelege pe celălalt și de a te face înțeles, de a ne reaminti că, dincolo de straturile culturale, există un soi de înțelegere care trece peste orice diferență, de a ne întoarce la corp și a-l elibera pe cât posibil de sub dictatura minții, gata să uniformizeze tot. De la voce, la ceea ce spune.”

Exhibitions