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Ana Cvorovic: Border Unfold



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Saturday, 28 September 2019 to Saturday, 26 October 2019
Saturday, 28 September 2019 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Borders Unfold presents the latest expression of Ana Cvorovic's ongoing enquiry on migration and displacement. As part of her Arts Council England funded project with the same title, Borders Unfold is the culmination of a yearlong exploration of the complex psychological effects of geographic dislocation, particularly within communities from former Yugoslavia displaced during the civil war of the nineties.


Aiming to create a link between her own experience of displacement and that of others, the artist pursued a research residency in Utica, New York, the city with the largest rate of refugees per capita in the US, in the summer 2018. Having worked with the local community on interviews, workshops and sound recordings, she now returns to sculpture to unfold her own interpretation of this investigation.


The exhibition will feature a new body of work comprised of sculptural works, site-specific installations and a surround soundscape, inviting visitors to experience the gallery space as an immersive journey. Elements such as disability bars, oil paintings on tarpaulin, and everyday items encapsulated in resin, present some of Cvorovic's recurring motifs as well as new sculptural processes initiated specifically for this project.


As with previous works, the vulnerability of childhood is evoked in visceral, sensorial ways.


Whilst in Discharged (2014) we saw child mattresses protruded by a metal frame, Borders Unfold introduces a series of aquatic references, like child swimming suits and colourful fishing paraphernalia, highlighting water as a host for varied psychological states. Often with a sense of trauma, the visitor is faced with contrasting hints to flow and stagnation, mobility and immobility, as if trying to bring back a time in life that was interrupted.


Exploring the intersections between sculpture and sound for the second time, after her site-specific work Closeness (2016) at Koppel Project, Cvorovic brings to Pi Artworks London manipulated sound recordings from her time in Utica, further infusing this multi-layered intervention with a sense of fragmented memory and landscape. With this work Ana Cvorovic brings forward, through her diverse approaches to sculpture, both personal and collective perspectives of psychogeography and contemporary migrant identity. This presentation has the ambition to engage the audience in new critical, sensorial, and formal ways towards this timely theme.


Borders Unfold will run until 26 October 2019. Ana Cvorovic will be in conversation with London based art critic, writer Sacha Craddock. Artist talk dates are yet to be confirmed.


Artist ( Description ): 

Ana Cvorovic: b. 1981, Sarajevo, lives and works in London. Ana Cvoroviccame to the UK with her family in 1989, fleeing the impending civil war in Former Yugoslavia. A student at Chelsea College of Art, Brighton University and the Royal College of Art, Čvorović's installation-based work considers the role of borders and boundaries and the psychological effects of war and migration. 

In 2017 Cvorovicwas shortlisted for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award and in 2018 she became the recipient of the a-n Artist Bursary Award. Her work has been exhibited internationally and across the UK including Pi Artworks, Collyer Bristow, Backlit Gallery, Maddox Arts, Ben Uri and The Koppel Project, as well as specially curated sections of Art15 and Ch.ACO art fair, selected by Kathleen Soriano and Cecilia Fajardo-Hill. In 2018 she participated in the 'Who Are We' project in association with Counterpoints Arts at Tate Exchange.

"My installations are an exploration of the psychodynamics of place, specifically in the context of war, migration, socio-economic impoverishment and processes of globalisation. Investigations into psychological and physical shifts as we move from place to place question notions of belonging, structure, identity and freedom. My personal experiences of displacement during the onset of the Yugoslav civil war (1992-1995) continue to inform my practice and its concern with the current rapid formation of global diaspora.

The continuity between our internal and external realities that so powerfully ruptures during the process of forced displacement creates fragmentary experiences and a crisis in identity. This liminal state is what the work often depicts, inviting the viewer to drift between its paradoxical zones of seduction and danger, comfort and confinement, movement and immobility. Taking both personal and historical events as a point of departure, the work repurposes domestic everyday items imbued with notions of childhood, memory and the unconscious. Shifting from intimate areas of tight pictorial detail to immersive spatial interventions, my practice seeks to convey the conflicting experience of our vulnerable human condition." Ana Cvorovic

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Pi Artworks was founded in Istanbul in 1998. In 2013, it expanded internationally and moved its' headquarters to 55 Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia, London.

Pi Artworks has now established a strong commercial market in London, as well as a range of institutional links in the past 5 years. Since opening the second, London venue, Pi Artworks has worked to enrich the UK art scene with their knowledge and has developed relationships with institutions, individuals and partners both within the capital and across the country.

The gallery has helped realise major institutional exhibitions in the UK such as Susan Hefuna at The Whitworth, Manchester (2017) and Ipek Duben at Fabrica, Brighton (2017). Meanwhile, it continues to forge a global path with exhibitions realised including Tayeba Begum Lipi at the Broad Museum (2016), in collaboration with the Sonje Center on Fahrettin Orenli's solo presentation Money without Nationality (2018), and Fatma Bucak's show in Fondazione Merz (2018)

Pi Artworks has initiated collaborations with universities and academics in London and beyond in the past 5 years, including a long-running Curatorial Open, arranged with the University of Goldsmiths (UAL) and which includes exhibition making, performances and curatorial guidance for aspiring art world employees studying in the capital.

Meanwhile, in Istanbul, Pi Artworks continues to forge key relationships across the region and globally, working with institutions, arts festivals and biennials.

Venue ( Address ): 

55 Eastcastle St, Fitzrovia

 London W1W 8EG

Pi Artworks , London

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