Records from the autobiographical garden
In view of the developmental line of the artistic practice of Ivan Šuković, the multimedial installation Records from the autobiographical garden confirms that the relationship of an individual (person, organism) and the environment (family, society, species) is the central topos of his researches. The Records have been conceptually anchored in the domain of trans-disciplinary practice of art, botany and taxonomy, pointing to micro-politics as a window of opportunity for the formation of a new entity. The binary nodes of the meaning of the individual and group, private and public, memory and present, inscribed in the personal pictorial documents of a family portrait, are resolved by the Šuković intervention cuts and skillful repositioning, thus directing us to interstice for an entirely new view.
Mimicry, psychasthenia and short-cuts-of-life
Ivan Šuković’s photo and video installation Life remains – discreet scenes takes as its “primal voice”, and shares close resonance with, Luigi Pirandello’s celebrated play Six Characters in Search of an Author. The artist photographed six people, members of one family, posing in the midst of a starving landscape of water and rock. Then he moved them into the closed environment of a natural history museum, amongst taxidermied animals, which seemingly became animated by the ordinary activity of the peaceful family everyday. The video is a static medium shot of the bottom part of the woman’s body, the mother, and her handiwork, knitting: a diligent, constant activity.