acb gallery, Budapest

Restaging Monument
(acquired by the Museum of Modern Art / Generali Foundation in Salzburg (2018)

At Studio Golo Brdo Luiza Margan shows a continuation of her work on the role of public monuments, reconsidering the relationship between history and power embodied in them and their effect on everyday social interaction and language. Monuments are perceived to contain performative and discursive material.

The series of photomontages is based on photographs that the artist acquired from the family archive of the author of the "Monument of Liberation"(1955, Rijeka), the social-realist sculptor Vinko Matkovic, posing before different stages in production of the sculpture. Margan juxtaposes these scenes of ‘the artist at work’ with photographs showing herself in physical exercise in her own studio.

In the exhibition at Golo Brdo in Istria Margan collaborated with the sound artist Philip Leitner (AT), engaging in a process of performative and sculptural rethinking of the idea of a monument today.

Philip Leitner (born 1981), is an Austrian musician and software developer. He uses piano as well as everyday household objects, combining and layering computerized post-processing, micro-sounds and extended piano. His work is defined by aleotoric functions, using chance and entropy as an integral process for creating sounds and structures.

*photographs of the installation views and work in progress: Markus Krottendorfer
*photomontages: photos by Luiza Margan juxtaposed by the scans of photographs from the private archive of the Matkovic family, Rijeka