Jasmina Cibic: The Pavilion
Video, 6:43 min, 2015
Jasmina Cibic’s latest video installation The Pavilion presents an experimental documentary moving image work, which attempts to reconstruct the image of the Pavilion of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia built in Barcelona for the 1929 World Exposition.
This temporary structure was designed by the Serbian architect Dragiša Brašovan and according to legend, received the first prize at the Exposition. Due to political intrigue it subsequently lost its first place to the German Pavilion and its architect Mies Van der Rohe. Cibic attempts to retrace the building’s design through institutional and private archives, reconstructing a model of the original in a 1:7 scale.
In the video, this model is built by a group of five performers, as a female voice-over presents a description of the artist’s methods in retracing of the lost pavilion, as well as her gap-filling of the archival evidence. This was done by drawing upon other subjects, which were also designed to represent various authoritarian visions of desire in the same period. Serving different means but utilizing same formal and visual tactics of control of the spectator, these structures also happened to share the emblematic skin of the Brašovan Pavilion: the visually striking black and white striped façade. Such was the Adolf Loos house for Josephine Baker, designed in the same years as the Brašovan Pavilion, and the British national navy fleet camouflage invented by the artist Norman Wilkinson.
Through the jarring linkage of a building that was to represent a nation state, one that was supposed to house exotic sexualised desire and a vehicle of national military control, The Pavilion points to the optics of authoritarian construction of towers of control and their soft power mechanisms.
Narrated by: Eva Pope
Performed by: Dragana Alfirević, Teja Reba, Jelena Rusjan, Katarina Stegnar and Tina Valentan
Written and directed by: Jasmina Cibic
Curatorial advisor: Gordana Nikolić
Director of photography: Nejc Saje
Additional camera: Tomaž Gorkič
Steadycam: Matevž Zupanc
Costume supervision: Sanja Grcić
Art department: Mateja Šetina
Carpentry: Andrej Zavodnik
Gaffer: Gašper Kocjančič
Floor manager: Luka Curk
Catering: Denis Dautovič
Make-up: Nathalie Horvat
Hair: Sonja Murgelj
Editor: Michelle Deignan
On-line editor and colourist: Sue Giovanni
Recording engineer: Lee Slater
Produced by: Waddington Studios London
Filmed at Španski Borci Cultural Centre Ljubljana
Commissioned by: MSUV, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad.
Thanks to: Museum of Yugoslav History, Miloš Jurišić, Museum of Science and Technology Belgrade and Una Popović.
©Jasmina Cibic 2015
Part of the project Performing the Museum, an international project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
London based Slovenian artist Jasmina Cibic represented Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial with her project “For Our Economy and Culture”. Her recent projects and exhibitions include solo shows “Building Desire”, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, “Tear Down and Rebuild” Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade; “Spielraum”, MGLC Ljubljana; “The Nation Loves It”, Ludwig Museum Budapest; group exhibitions “Demented Architecture”, City Gallery Wellington; “Heroes We Love”, UGM Slovenia; The Possibility of an Island, Le Commun, Bâtiment d’art Contemporain Geneva; solo exhibition “Fruits of Our Land”, SAW Gallery Ottawa; group exhibitions at Musée national d'histoire et d'art, Luxembourg; 3oth International Graphics Biennial Ljubljana; “October Salon”, Belgrade; “U3 – 7th Triennial of Contemporary Art”, MSUM, Ljubljana; Dokfest - Kulturbahnfhof, Kassel; Joanneum Museum Graz; California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana; Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana. Cibic’s films have recently been screened at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; KORO Oslo; Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris; Copenhagen International Documentary Festival and the Cinema Program at Art Brussels.
Artist's web page: www.jasminacibic.org