Vedran Ivanković / Pillars of society
Pillars of society are seen as fundamental structures that keep it stable. They support it and allow its existence. In society, as well as in architecture, strong and durable pillars make for a long-lived, stable edifice, while shoddy ones constitute architecture of questionable quality and brief existence. Pillars of society are substructures whose quality manifests itself in the sustainability of the whole community.
In a newly founded society like Croatian one, it is difficult to talk objectively about morality, responsibility or righteousness of the people who helped in getting it on its feet and those who are still leading it today. However, in recent years, there is an increasing number of those who identify and criticise specific societal anomalies.
Although it was conceived on foundations of justice, equality and morality, Croatian society, as the Pillars of Croatian Society exhibition author Vedran Ivanković detects, in a very short period of time found itself stuck in the middle of only seemingly superior, yet solid, foundations.
According to Ivanković, pillars of our society are personified as local sheriffs, priests, capitalists, politicians and others who are concerned primarily with their own well-being. Author notices that they occupy key positions in the society and that it has been proved difficult even to try to threaten their positions, let alone replace them. The latter action is only seemingly possible. If the transfer actually happens, it reminds of Plato’s story about the cave. It is no more than just an illusion. It is about replacing a person with another one (both are equal), and there is always the third, the fourth, the fifth… Regardless of what kind of show is put on for the public, the things are always and again the same, mass entertainment led by mass media, whose task is to keep illusion of equality and justice.
Ivanković believes that vigilant observers are getting increasingly frustrated with the absurdity and ridiculousness of the situation. For this reason, the artist decides to radically illustrate it within the exhibition at Salon Galić – he decides to completely strip the leading spheres of society. Reduce them to minimum. He determines them through his own projection of their core. He creates eighteen objects, symbolic interpretations of detected societal problems, and displays them in the gallery space, leaving visitors with options to either become co-creators or dismiss this kind of visual language.
The artist outspokenly denounces imposed moral instances in our society that have too much influence over lives of common people. He brings about the problem of living in Croatia, related to the opinion that moral criteria in our society has lost its every meaning, and reminds that there is a considerable quantity of semi-capable, however politically suitable people, on the palette of different vital functions for society.
With this critical exhibition, Ivanković clearly states, in an interesting way, his belief that all pillars of our society are in truth equal and that they only differ in nuances.
Or, as the local saying goes – everyone smells the same.
Vedran Ivanković was born in 1977 in Split, where he graduated in Painting from the School of Fine Arts. Afterwards, he attended the Faculty of Science and Education (specialisation: professor of visual arts – restaurator). He enrolled in the Academy of Arts in Split, Department of Painting, where he graduated in the class of professor Gorki Žuvela in 2003.
He participated in several group and solo exhibitions, as well as art colonies and workshops. He painted several murals in elementary schools in Split and Šibenik. He is the author of processional painting Visovac Madonna and golden crown in Visovac Franciscan monastery.
In 2000 in Šibenik, together with his colleagues, he founded children’s drama group „VIRKO“, where he worked as a scenographer. He designed over twenty sets. During 2007, he spent six months in Poland as a part of the scenography and puppetry professional training programme. There he worked with the most eminent names in the world of puppet theatres: Puppet and Actor Theatre in Opole, Banialuka Puppet Theatre in Bielsko-Biala, Puppet and Actor Theatre in Lomza and Puppet Theatre in Warsaw. In 2008, he was nominated by the Croatian Association of Dramatic Artists for the award in the category the best set design for the play Fantasy.
In 2009 he received the award for best scenography at the Glumište pod murvom Festival.
Since 2010 he has been teaching vocational courses at the School of Economy in Čakovec.
He is a member of HULU Split, HDLUM Čakovec and HDLU Zagreb.
2016 – „Cultural Strategy of the City of Split“- Prima Mall – Split
2016 – „1st Spring Salon“ –Sunce Gallery – Zagreb
2016 – „Easter Exibition“ – HKDL – Zagreb
2015 – „Fear in 19 Pictures“ – Međimurje County Museum – Čakovec
2014 – „Allow Me to Introduce Myself…“ – Međimurje County Museum – Čakovec, The Memorial Collection of Ladislav Kralj Međimurec, King’s Garden
2013 –HDLUM Retrospective–Scheier Gallery – Čakovec
2010 – The Post-Modern Reality – Diocletian’s Substructures – Split
„Forgotten Places“ – Multimedia Cultural Center, Dom mladih-Split
2003 – VIII Triennial of Croatian Sculpture –Glyptotheque of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts – Zagreb
2002 – „Drawing in Space“ Multimedia Cultural Center – Split
2001 – „UMAS“ –SC Gallery – Zagreb
1999 – „ Small Changes“ – ZKM – Zagreb
„Leading Artists of the Younger Generation“ – Museum of Croatian Arheological Monuments – Split
1997 – „1700+“ – Diocletian’s Substructures – Split
1994 – „ŠLU“ – Art Salon – Split