Marija Koruga: OUT OF HISTORY

The voices of (just) a few local feminist-oriented art historians are more an exception than a generally accepted theoretical approach to the research of art, but their pioneering role in the charting of an entirely different science and art history, one that would take into consideration its sociopolitical conditions, must be recognised.

Marija Koruga's new series of paintings continues that mission: she extracts from history those female artists whom the local history of art has consigned to oblivion, at the same time using a traditional medium: painting. Six paintings from the series function as six fragments from the history of life and work of the artists that reveal all the gender troubles within the world of art. It is the very history of art that has yet to be written. And while we are waiting for the development of such a scenario, we are left with the paintings.

In medium and small formats, using the combined technique of acrylic paint, oil on canvas, collage and watercolour on canvas (and paper), Marija Koruga creates portraits of eleven female artists, historical figures born at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, of different class and educational backgrounds.

BAZA, curated by curatorial collective BLOK from Zagreb — Ivana Hanaček, Ana Kutleša, Vesna Vuković

Graphic design: Nina Bačun and Roberta Bratović

2019