The work of Art in General’s artist in residence, Božena Končić Badurina (Croatia, b. 1967) involves performance, intervention and constructed participatory situations that interrogate the power structures of human encounters. Končić Badurina explores perception and bodily communication in staged situations that focus on specific behaviors – breathing, staring, meditation and confrontation. Inverting the traditional relationship between spectator and subject, Koncic Badurina creates antagonistic or unfamiliar situations in which the visitor becomes the key point of focus for the artwork. Končić Badurina uses pedestrian-like performers who interact with visitors to the space in order to question the role of the viewer: Where does authority lie between the spectator and the subject, and how might this translate into everyday social interactions? For her residency at Art in General, Končić Badurina has choreographed a series of participatory performances for our Storefront Project Space. Documentation of these performances will be presented as part of her exhibition More Passive than Every Passivity, on view from April 17-May 29, 2010.
Končić Badurina has performed and exhibited at such venues as The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Max Art Fest, Zagreb; Art Pavilion, Zagreb; Performance Art Festival, Osijek; Moria Gallery, Stari Grad; SC Gallery, Zagreb and The Istrian Council Chamber, Poreč. This will be Badurina’s first exhibition in the United States.
Special thanks to the volunteers who helped make the performances for More Passive Than Every passivity possible
Dana Zeno Gabriel Zakharov
Grace J Hwang
Victoria Noel Nidweski
Stacy Lynn Smith
Nicholas Van Zanten
Božena Končić Badurina’s residency is part of Art in General’s Eastern European Residency Exchange Program (EERE), and has been organized in partnership with the Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU), Zagreb, Croatia. The Eastern European Residency Exchange Program is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.