Can Do More! Must Do More!

by Gildo Bavčević

Galery K18, Koroška cesta 18
Exhibiton on display till June 15th, every working day from 2 - 6 pm

The current artist in residency Gildo Bavčević made several performative interventions at various abandoned locations in Maribor (MTT-Maribor Textile industry, underpass near the bus station, former factory Boris Kidrič, planned cultural centre MAKS or space of former TAM). Those locations are witnesses of the collapsed economy and have as such become a scenography of planned interventions. With absurd acts Gildo Bavčević, on one hand, exposes abandoned spaces, on the other hand, the inability of society to correctly approach the solving of economic, social or ecological issues.

Gildo Bavčević ( b.1979, Split, Croatia) is a multimedia artist interested in different forms of socially engaged art and ways of tackling social and political issues. He has created many performances, video performances, video installations, short films, as well as the sound in three feature-length films. In addition to the presentation of his works in his solo shows, he has participated in a large number of group exhibitions and festivals in Croatia and abroad. He has won a prize at the 39th Split Salon exhibition of contemporary art (Splitski Salon) for his video performance Plastic Man Machine and first prize at 46th Croatian Film Festival (Revija hrvatskog filmskog stvaralaštva) for his documentary Mreža solidarnosti (Solidarity Network), which was his graduate thesis in 2013 with which he obtained his MA in Film and Media Production from Split's Art Academy, from which he received the title of assistant professor. He is a member of both the Croatian Freelance Artist Association and Split's Croatian Visual Artist Association. He lives and works in Split.


Curated by Kaja Kraner and Lucija Smodiš
Featuring: Charbel Samuel Aoun / Nataša Berk / Perla Chaaya, Magaly Jabbour, Elie Azzi, Frederick Zreik, Joanne Nehme, Joy Sfeir and Charbel Samuel Aoun / Enej Gala / Melissa Ghazale / Firas El Hallak / Zuheir Helou / Elie Mouhanna / Maya Abi Semaan / Tomo Stanič

May 10–26, 2019, STATION Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

“Those singing birds sound like little machines.” / “This waterfall looks like a New Year’s light decoration.”

Hammana situation

Written by: Kaja Kraner and Lucija Smodiš

“/…/ That is to say, everything happens as if, in our culture, life were what cannot be defined, yet, precisely for this reason, must be ceaselessly articulated and divided.”

This is a quote of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, taken from his book The Open: Man and Animal. Slovenian artist, architect, and philosopher Tomo Stanič has chosen it as a starting point for the art intervention during the residential stay in Hammana Artist House. Using chalk, Stanič inscribed the quote on the terrace of Hammana Artist House in Italian, English, Slovenian, French, and Arabic. The languages were not chosen coincidently, for they were the languages actively used by all the residents at the time. The intervention titled “Response to the collaboration with Lebanese students during the residential stay in Hammana Artist House« can, therefore, be understood as a comment on an issue that is perhaps common within most of the artist-in-residency situations. On the one side, this comment is a reflection of the awareness of cultural differences between temporary neighbours or even flatmates. On the other side, it indicates an awareness of some additional layers of the existing differences between them, for instance, the language differences, the differences of art media in which artist are creating or expressing themselves, differences in characters etc. With the quote, Stanič wanted to expose the fact that culture (understood as a formed life) is not fixed. Consequently, this is the very reason the culture needs to be articulated over and over again. The Hammana Artist House serves, at least for Stanič, as a place for finding this determination, largely shaped by a necessity to find some common language between current co-habitants. With the quote and intervention, Stanič was also referring to a particular position of Slovenian artists that were present in Hammana Artist House during the 16th and 28th of April. Namely, each of them bringing a strong sense of their own identity, specifics, preferences, personal history etc. marking his or her way of expressing him/herself (trough, but not exclusively, art) and being in the position to assist, help, mentor, co-work with or, in short, somehow engage with the Lebanese students whose working process started long before the Slovenians first arrived in Lebanon. more...