Vlatka Horvat

Works

Vlatka Horvat

“In my recent work, which spans a range of media – from sculpture, installation, collage, and drawing to performance, photography, and projects with text – I have been interested in the question of presence and in the possibilities and problematics of occupying space. Often involving gestures of rearranging and reconfiguring both the space itself and the spatial and social relations at play in it, the work tends to probe the precarious and often contentious relationship between bodies, objects, materials, the built environment, and landscape.

My investigation into the constraints and possibilities of physical and representational frames is enacted at different scales and in different forms: from images and 2-and-3-dimensional wall-based objects to larger scale projects in the form of room-based installations. At the center of these installations are diverse-but-related sculptural arrangements made of found and commonplace materials – the detritus of urban and industrial life, as well as leftovers and remnants of my own previous projects. These installations tend to enact discrete interventions upon elements of the built environment by attempting to mirror, echo, or repeat particular features of the space they occupy, using decidedly inadequate, cheap materials such as cardboard, paper, sponge, scrap wood, string, and tape.

Using simple gestures such as cutting and folding, dismantling and repairing, stacking, leaning, and layering, the work frequently focuses on re-drawing borders and frames, bringing to the fore the dynamic relation between the center of a space, object, or an image on the one side, and its edges or peripheral areas on the other. Turning the viewer’s attention to the possibilities of peripheral action and to the edges of referential codes, my projects often propose not only a reconfiguration of particular images and objects within a field of activity, but a reconfiguration of the very frames and contexts within which these images and objects might be read.

Many of my projects are organized around a set of self-imposed restrictions, a rule-based framework of sorts within which an activity takes place. The work is often articulated as a series of attempts to circumvent or deal with restrictions at hand, to find solutions inside this provisional framework. The seemingly endless and unresolved nature of the multiple options proposed for each problem reveals these propositions as a series of examples, a taxonomy of possibilities, a catalogue of the multiple ways to do the same thing. Often manifested as ‘versions’, the body, objects, and materials in my work tend to be treated as vulnerable propositions, caught in the dynamic processes of their own multiplication and fragmentation.”

CV

Born in 1974, in Čakovec (HR), lives and works in London (UK)

STUDIES

1996
BA in Liberal Arts, Columbia College, Chicago (USA)

1997
MA in Performance Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston (USA)

2009
PhD in Performance and Visual Culture, Roehampton University, London (UK)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Recent solo shows

2019

‘Buducnost’, project commissioned for a public site billboard project, Zagreb (HR)

2018

‘Supporting Objects’, Gaep (formerly EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS), Bucharest (RO)

‘Cloud Pergola: Architecture of Hospitality’, Pavilion of Croatia at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice (IT)

‘Extensions’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (HR) (cat.)

2016

‘Means and Ends’, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam (NL)

‘In Suspension’, CAPRI Raum, Dusseldorf (DE)

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2015

‘Don’t Stop’, AAA: Art Altstetten Albisrieden, Art in the Public Space, Zurich (CH) (cat.)

‘Immeasurables’, Zak | Branicka Gallery, Berlin (DE)

2013

‘Excavations and Other Claims’, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland (USA) (cat.)

‘Fault Lands’, annex14, Zurich (CH) 

Recent group shows

2020

‘…of bread, wine, cars, security and peace’, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (AT) (cat.)

2019

‘Words Are Very Unnecessary’, ARTER / Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul (TU)

‘What Time Is It?’, ARTER / Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul (TU)

‘Recent Acquisitions: No Contextual Information’, Museums Sheffield, Graves Gallery, Sheffield (UK)

2018

‘On the Shoulders of Fallen Giants’, the 2nd Industrial Art Biennial, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (HR) (cat.)

‘Cut: Collage in Central and Eastern European Practices’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (HR)

2017

‘Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb…)’, The Showroom, London (UK)

Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London (UK)

2016

‘Cut, Folded, Pressed & Other Actions’, David Zwirner Gallery, New York (USA)

‘Your Country Does Not Exist’, MKC – Multimedia Centre, Split (HR)

‘We Are the Center…Phase I’, Hessel Museum of Art/Bard CCS, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (USA)

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2019

‘Third Hand’, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts/Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago (USA) 

2018

‘Who Come to Stand’, 3. Maj shipyard, Rijeka – The 2nd Industrial Art Biennial, Labin|Rasa|Pula|Rijeka (HR)

‘This Here and That There – Herrenhäuser Quartet’, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen festival, Hannover (DE)

2017

‘15th Extraordinary Congress’, Black Box Theatre, Oslo (NO)/Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna (AT)/Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)/Theatre Garonne, Toulouse (FR)/Fondation Cartier & Théâtre de la Ville, Paris (FR)

2015

‘15th Extraordinary Congress’, METEOR Festival, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen (NO)/Teatro Maria Matos@Espaço Alkantara, Lisbon (PT)/Malta Festival, Poznan (PL)/HAU – Hebbel am Uffer, Berlin (DE)/Kaai Studios, Brussels (BE)

2014

‘15th Extraordinary Congress’, co-commissioned by LIFT & 1418 Projects, UK

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2011

‘Unhinged’, Alkantara festival, Lisbon (PT)/Tanz im August, Berlin (DE)/Biennale Bern (CH)/Internationale Keuze, Rotterdam (NL)

2010

‘This Here and That There (Los Angeles)’, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (USA)

‘Unhinged’, commission for House Without a Maid, premiered at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (BE)  

2009

‘Once Over’, commission for The Kitchen, New York (USA)

2007

‘This Here and That There (Berlin)’, commissioned for nomadic new york festival@HKW – The Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (DE)

Press

“The poetic gestures in Vlatka Horvat’s exhibition Supporting Objects made visible the traces of the absent artist’s body while responding to the elegant interior of Eastwards Prospectus, a gallery set in a nineteenth-century villa that strikes a sumptuous, bourgeois note far from a white-cube or industrial ambience. The gallery’s three rooms each featured an installation incorporating one or more wooden tables, or parts thereof, many rescued from Bucharest flea markets and bearing marks of their previous use; several had been patched together out of different kinds of wood, witness to alterations or recycling. (…) Safe, clean, and stylish, the gallery was transformed through Horvat’s hands and visions: The building became a shell that seemed to require rethinking or recomposition, even a sort of regrowth, of its discursive content.”

Exhibitions