Ivan Grubanov
crossroads: conflict, history, identity, media, memory
genre (subgenre): Visual Arts (drawing, installation art, photography, video art)
region: Europe, Southern, Europe, Western
country/territory: Serbia and Montenegro, Netherlands
city: Pancevo
created on: May 14, 2003
last changed on: September 1, 2005
information provided by: Visiting Arts

Ivan Grubanov
Ivan Grubanov

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Ivan Grubanov was born in Belgrade in 1976 and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in painting. Since 2002 he has lived in Amsterdam, working at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. Grubanov belongs to the young generation of Yugoslav and Serbian artists which grew up in a hermetically closed society but rebelled against the former regime, demanding freedom of expression and communication. His current work is concerned with an exploration of history looking at the role of memory and the implication of the artist documenting and interpreting past events.
Ivan Grubanov was born in Belgrade in 1976 and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in painting. In 2002 and 2003 he has been living in Amsterdam and working at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten on a bursary from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Grubanov belongs to the young generation of Yugoslav and Serbian artists which grew up in a hermetically closed society but rebelled against the former regime, demanding freedom of expression, open communication with the world and new artistic experiments. Grubanov describes the experience of working within a society 'closed from all sides and by all parameters, strong international isolation from the outside and totally occupied media space by the regime inside, where art and culture were on the margins unless they proved useful for mass manipulation. In such circumstances, the artist becomes aware of his social role and is forced to act as a public figure within a strong political and social context, defending his independent position.'

Grubanov works in a wide range of artistic forms and media: video art, photography, installation, posters, computer art and comic strip. He has exhibited actively since 1997, initially in Yugoslavia including the International Biennial of Sculpture ‘Relations 00’ at Pancevo, the 10th BELEF (Belgrade Summer Festival) in 2000 and ‘The End of the Episode’ at SULUJ Gallery in Belgrade. He has also shown in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th International Festivals of Young Independent Artists, ‘BREAK 21’. Significant exhibitions since 2001 include ‘Under Construction’ at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujadowsky in Warsaw; ‘Violence’ at the NSA Gallery in Durban, South Africa and several exhibitions in the Netherlands, notably ‘Fuse’ in 2003 at the Centre for Contemporary Art De Beyerd in Breda.

His period in the Netherlands opened up a new and unexpected area of work. 'In 2002, I took the chance and visited the trial of my former president (Milosovic case, ICTY, The Hague). Confronted with the man and the events which marked my life, I wanted to capture the intensity of that experience. The result is a series of over 200 drawings, made in the courtroom over a period of six months. At the same time, my parents in Serbia, following the direct broadcast of the trial on television, recognised my face in the audience, and they started to record each session.' The final work ‘Self Portrait in the Courtroom’ integrates the recordings and drawings and completes Grubanov’s active role in the event.

Recent work in South Africa has also involved a documentary approach with a reconstruction of events, testimonies from witnesses of crime and a registration of Grubanov’s own involvement in the process through visual and audio recording.

Ivan Grubanov draws and publishes comic strips and cartoons in independent newspapers and magazines in Yugoslavia (Nasa borba, Gradina, Lavirint, Striper), Slovenia (Peace, Apokalipsa, Handyburger), Belgium (Beeldstorm) and Italy (Fagorgo). His comics are characterised by his distinguished painterly approach and expressive play on symbols, combining to make an original graphic technique. He won the award of the 30th October Salon in Pancevo for video artwork in 2000, a World Health Organisation award for a poster in 1999 and an award at Stripburger magazine in Slovenia in 1998.

Svetlana Mladenov, Curator of the Modern Art Gallery, Pancevo comments, 'Ivan Grubanov was noticed by art critics for his engaged and up-to-date artistic discourse. He attracted the attention of those artistic fractions which supported the vital stream in Serbian art and which emerged out of its own talents and needs. This stream lived and survived alongside mainstream art which was supported by the state. Therefore it possesses exceptional strength and vitality and initiates new and fresh ideas through its own creative efforts.'

Grubanov states, 'on the roots of tradition, in contact with art history and in struggle with the barriers of a closed society, the need of a Serbian artist was communication – to see himself as part of a larger community, not defined by borders, to act as a citizen of European cultural territory.'

Ivan Grubanov was shortlisted for the Visiting Arts/Spike Island International Fellowship 2001 nominated by Svetlana Mladenov of the Modern Art Gallery, Pancevo.
Ivan Grubanov was born in Belgrade in 1976 and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in painting. He has exhibited since 1997 and works in video art, photography, installation and multimedia. His work has been shown in Yugoslavia, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa and Israel. Grubanov draws and publishes comics in independent magazines and newspapers in Serbia, Belgium and Italy. He has won several prizes for graphic design. In 2002 and 2003 Grubanov has been based in Amsterdam at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten on a bursary from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
(Exhibition / Installation, 2005)
2005 Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, SCG (September)
2004 Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, NL, ‘Study of My Father, a Relation to the Origin’
2004 Lawrence O’Hana Gallery, London, UK, ‘Visitor’
2004 Expodium, Utrecht, NL, ‘Cages’
2001 Dvoriste Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, YU, 'Level'
1999 Zlatno Oko, Novi Sad, YU
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
(Exhibition / Installation, 2005)
2005 Kunsthalle Bern, CH, ‘Off-Key’ (with Knut Asdam, Pavel Buchler, Gaylen Gerber, Stephen Prina...)
2005 Press to Exit project Space, Skopje, MK, ‘20/21’
2005 Zvono Gallery, Belgrade, SCG, ‘20/21’
2005 Manif d’Art, 3rd Biennial of Quebec, Quebec, CA,
2005 Espace Culturel Francois Mitterand, Perigueux, FR, ‘Values’
2005 Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, NL, ‘Gala of the Year’
2004 De Appel, Amsterdam, NL, ‘The World is Fine, We Ourselves Unfortunately Somewhat Less’ (Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Gilbert& George, Lucio Fontana...)
2004 Freiraum, Museumsquartier, Vienna, AT, ‘Coded Cultures’
2004 The Yugoslav Biennial of Young Artists, Vrsac, SCG. ‘Untitled as Yet’
2004 11th Biennial of Visual Arts, Pancevo, SCG, ‘Values’
2004 Center in Galerija P74, Ljubljana, SI, ‘Share Like a Receipt’
2004 Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, NL, ‘Video Studio’
2004 ART Rotterdam, NL, Smart Project Space stand
2003 Museum De Beyerd, Breda, NL, ‘Martha Colburn, Ivan Grubanov, Bas Louter, Serge Onen-Fuse’
2003 RABK, Amsterdam, NL, 'Open Ateliers'
2003 Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, SCG, ‘Regional-Universal’
2002 RABK, Amsterdam, NL, 'Open Ateliers'
2002 US Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, SA, ‘Violence-Silence’
2002 Chinese-European Art Center, Xiamen, CN, 'Rendezvous in Xiamen'
2002 Goethe Institute, Tel Aviv, IL, 'Violence - Memory'
2002 N.S.A. Gallery, Durban, SA, 'Violence'
2002 Nieubethesda, Great Karoo, SA, 'Silence'
2002 Outline & Kunstruimte NP40, Amsterdam, NL, 'Fake or Real'
2002 KCB Gallery, Belgrade, YU, International Workshop ‘Glass’
2002 Josip Bepo Benkovic Gallery, Herceg Novi, YU, '35. Winter Salon'
2002 Publikum’s Calendar of New Art and Contemporary Life, Belgrade, YU
2001 The Modern Gallery, Rijeka, HR, 'International Triennial of Drawings'
2001 Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, YU, 'Resistances and Confrontations'
2001 Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, YU, '31. Salon of Pancevo'
2001 Museum of Voevodina, Novi Sad, YU, 'Resistances and Confrontations'
2001 Cinema Apolo, Pancevo, YU, 'Open Sensuality'
2001 Barutana, Belgrade, YU, '11th BELEF'
2001 Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, YU, 'Glass'
2001 Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowsky, Warsaw, PL, 'Under Construction'
2000 Rex, Belgrade, YU, 'Short Electronic Form Fair'
2000 Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, PL, 'Inside-Outside'
2000 Apolo Cinema, Pancevo, YU, 'Open Sensuality'
2000 Dvoriste Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo,YU, '30. October Salon'
2000 Belgrade, YU, '10th BELEF', Installation at public space
2000 Cinema Apolo, Pancevo, YU, 'International Biennial of Sculpture'
2000 Graphic Colective Gallery, Belgrade, YU, 'Not a Day Without a Line'
1999 SULUJ Gallery, Belgrade, YU, 'The End of The Episode'
1999 Ljubljana, SI, 'BREAK 21', International Festival of Young Independent Artists
1999 Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, YU, '29. October Salon'
1999 Palazzo Piazzoni, Vittorio Veneto, IT, '250 European Artworks'
1999 Marko Gregovic Gallery, Petrovac, YU, 'Collection of GCA Gallery Pancevo'
1999 KUD France Presern, Ljubljana, SI, 'Project AAAAAAAAAAA'
1999 Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, YU, 'Between Two Air-Raids'
1999 Youth House Gallery, Belgrade, YU, '28. Drawings and Small Scale
Sculpture Exhibition'
1998 Cinema Apolo, Pancevo, YU, '28 October Salon'
1998 Konkordija, Vrsac, YU, '3. Yugoslav Biennial of Young Artists'
1997 Belgrade, YU, 'De Valigia-International Traveling Exhibition'
1997 Ljubljana, SI, 'BREAK 21', International Festival of Young Independent Artists
1997 Student City Gallery, Belgrade, YU, '9th Biennial of Drawings'
BIBLIOGRAPHY
(Published Written, 2005)
Virginia Mackenny ‘Disjunctive Dialogues – Conversations across Boundaries’, ‘Violence-Silence’ catalogue, Durban, 2002
Elly Stegeman ‘Ivan Grubanov –Waarheidsvinding’, ‘Fuse’ catalogue, Museum De Beyerd, Breda 2003
Annelote Verhagen ‘Ivan Grubanov’, Video Studio catalogue, Museum Beelden an Zee, Scheveningen 2004
James Becket ‘Ivan Grubanov, Born Belgrade, 1976’, ‘Untitled as Yet’ catalogue, Vrsac, 2004
Emily Pethick “Ivan Grubanov’, Critics’ Picks, London, www.artforum.com, May-June 2004
Wim van der Beek, ‘Ivan Grubanov – Galerie Ron Mandos’, Kunstbeeld 09, 2004
Machteld Leij ‘Drama van Servie’, NRC Handelsblad, 08.10.2004.
Ana Peraica ‘Media on Trial’, Springerin 04, 2004
2005-2006 Delfina Studio Programme, London, UK
2002-03 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science bursary
2001 Award of 31st Salon of Pancevo
2000 Award of 30th Salon of Pancevo for video artwork
Spike Island International Fellowship 2001
First four month International Fellowship at Spike Island in Bristol run in partnership with Visiting Arts. In 2001 it focused on the Balkans and South East Europe region (Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro). There were 28 artists from the region considered. It was awarded by a UK selection panel to Tanya Abadjieva from Bulgaria. Her residency culminated in the exhibition, Drawing Wood.
Cyberrex
http://www.cyberrex.org/grubanov
Artists own web page
B92 Belgrade
http://www.rex.b92.net/grubanov
B92's online archive of the artist's projects

 

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