Mladen Bizumic

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Mladen Bizumic, Hotel Jugoslavija: Double Exposure, 2012, Analogue Black-and-White Photograph on Baryte Paper, 100 x 100 cm, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Wien

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Mladen Bizumic, Kodak Redistribution Centre (The Best Pictures in Town), 2005 - 2014, paper collage on Silver-Gelatine photograph, framed, 79 cm x 79 cm x 4 cm, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic, KODAK (Body and Its Organs), 2014-15, Disassembled Kodak Disc Camera 4000, frame, plywood, white paint, frame, table, 82,5 cm x 62,5 cm x 3,5 cm, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic, KODAK / ZNTK: Bankruptcy & Reorganization, 2014, 5 Epson Inkjet Prints on decommissioned ZNTK Poznan factory equipment loan forms, 2 Plywood sheets, frames, 50 copies of decommissioned ZNTK Poznan factory equipment loan forms, 245 x 244 x 18 cm, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic, KODAK (Thin Layers of Dignity), 2014, C-photograph on Fuji Archival Paper, 35 mm Slide element, paper, Kodak Sound Recording 6,25 mm, frame, 91 x 52,5 x 3,5 cm, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic, KODAK (Tail or Tale?), 2014, Shredded C-photographs on Fuji Archival Paper, 35 Kodak film roll packaging, frame, 50 x 35 x 4, 5 cm, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic, KODAK (George Eastman Stairway), 2014, scratched postcard, frame, 31 x 21 x 1,5 cm, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic, Untitled (Three in One), 2014, wood, glass, 3 objects, dimensions variable, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic, Hotel Jugoslavija: In Suspension, 2012, Analogue Black-and-White Photograph on Baryte Paper, Ed. 3+AP, 76 x 76 cm, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic & Jim Speers, Hotel Jugoslavija: A Film, 2012, HD video with sound, 10 min 9 sec, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic, Hotel Jugoslavija: Before and After #2, 2012, paper and acrylic on linen, diptych, 40 x 29,5 each, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic, Hotel Jugoslavija: Essence, 2012, rubbish bin, champagne bottle, vodka, ice, 35 x 28 x 22 cm, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic, Hotel Jugoslavija: The Spirit is Willing but the Flesh is Weak, 2012, 2 original lights and 2 lampshades from the Hotel Jugoslavija, 176 - ∅ 46 cm each, courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic, Sometimes Old Sometimes New 1894-2011, 2011, photocollage, 31,5 x 25,5 cm, 51,3 x 41,3 cm (framed), courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

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Mladen Bizumic, Sometimes Old Sometimes New 1894-2011, 2011, photocollage, 21 x 34 cm, 41,3 x 51,2 cm (framed), courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

Mladen Bizumic

In his show Hotel Jugoslavija: A Repository with a View Bizumić shows photographs and video recordings, as a result of investigation and observation of the current state of the building, next to sculptural material “borrowed” from the hotel itself. The specific situation created at Georg Kargl BOX is first noticeable from the outside as an interaction between the transparency of the display window and its reflection. Entering the space you find an installation that is divided into two interlinked spatial situations - a “modified” hotel room and a “reversed” hotel reception. In the main space - which is noticeable from the outside - Bizumić is presenting double exposed analog black and white photographs, which correlate with the sculptural arrangements of dislocated hotel elements. Wooden cabinets, liberated from their original function as furniture in the hotel rooms where stacked atop one another, floor lamps lined in a row correspond to the proportions and relations of the human body. Behind the wall Bizumić created something like a hotel reception - the “informative” part of the exhibition - which acquires the aesthetics of a conceptualist layout made up of processed administrative documents: an inventory of the hotel furnishings, hotel regulations, different (and historically symptomatic) versions of “do not disturb” signs etc. The exhibited objects and documents represent both: parts of an archive in the process of coming into being and the subjectivity of the “comprehensibility” of these objects through their mutual collaging and re-aesthetisation. The video Bizumić realised in cooperation with the New Zealand artist Jim Speers was shot in the original location and shows a number of items used in the gallery presentation – it therefore links the investigative dimension of the work with its spatial configuration and creates a specific audio-visual space, that is a space in-between the potential from the past, the complexity of the present and the possibility of the future. Bizumić's basic methods in this project are “dislocation” and spatial “re-arrangement” or “reprocessing” of selected material remains found inside the hotel. Following the legendary Slovenian designer Niko Kralj the central issue is to “realize a modular measurement system of elements which make it possible to put together infinitely varied shapes”. The idea of “uniqueness through seriality” is poetically rearticulated and revived through its new reconfiguration, as well as through the dynamics of their relations with the viewers, both perceptive and physical ones. It is such a programmatic modularity that Bizumić sees the essence of the potential and a possible re-articulation of the modern project. Thus he forms an area of transformation wherein his personal fascination with the object of his research encounters social, political as well as art historical issues to which we still do not have answers.

Solo Shows: Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales (2016), Georg Kargl BOX (2015), Auckland Art Gallery (2002)
Group Shows: Leopold Museum (2017), Cultural Centre Belgrade (2015), MAK, Wien (2011), Istanbul Biennale (2009)