project realized RAVE 2017: Do Animals…? double channel video 22’47”, series of billboards
Do Animals…? is a carefully developed project by Igor Grubić, evolved from an analysis undertaken in the former slaughterhouse in Gorizia, now used by Biolab, that produces vegan foods. The project consists of sequences of videos made in the rooms before and during the reconversion, a series of posters (conceived in collaboration with Quartiere Intelligente) like unanswered questions derived from the images themselves, and a video interview in which a former worker in the slaughterhouse, and now an activist for animal rights, speaks with a psychotherapist. The former slaughterhouse becomes the place of absence par excellence. In these suspended spaces, where we perceive the passage of what there was before, there is a single presence: the female dog Bjork is the only non-human animal that entered the place and left it alive. The project reflects on the hidden perspectives and psychological aspects of what happens inside the black box of slaughterhouses, and makes clear, with a calm but decided tone, the dynamics of animal exploitation, since it alludes to a possible overcoming of the conflicts between human and non-human animals.
During Grubić’s residency, two round tables were held in June 2017: Ethics before aesthetics? Interaction inside and outside the world of art, from the role of form to socio-political action and La domenica del Villaggio, with the participation of Iara Boubnova, director of the National Art Gallery, Sofia, Daniele Capra, critic and curator, Mirta D’Argenzio, art historian and curator, Mylen Ferrand, risearcher and curator, Maurizio Bortolotti, critic and curator, Pietro Gaglianò, theoretical and curator, Adriana Rispoli, critic and curator, Isabella e Tiziana Pers, artists.
Igor Grubić (Zagreb 1969) lives and works in Zagreb. Igor Grubic believes art to be a form of moral and political activism and many of his activities are undertaken in public spaces.
Igor Grubic’s works have been exhibited at: Manifesta 9 in Genk, MoMA PS1 in New York, Gwangju Biennale 20th Anniversary Special Project, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Motorenhalle in Dresden, the New Society for Visual Arts in Berlin, the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, the 11th Istanbul Biennial, and Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt. His works are present in various public collections: Tate Modern Gallery, London; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; ART Collection Deutsche Telekom ACT, Berlin; Kontakt The Art Collection of Erste Group, Vienna; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka; Art Gallery, Split; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz.