It is a great pleasure for annex 14 to be showing a solo exhibition of works by Vlatka Horvat for the first time in Switzerland. Last year, Horvat took part in the much lauded group exhibition at the gallery entitled “take space for example ...” This solo exhibition, which is conceived more as an installation, continues Vlatka Horvat’s intense preoccupation with physical and imaginary space.
Photo-collages like Out Lined (Figure), 2010, and Out Lined (Tree), 2010, deal playfully with the presence and absence of the motifs, their link with the context in which they are presented and their significance for the perception of that context. Themes like presence and memory are addressed by means of simple actions like cutting out, folding, relocating and omitting. The complex relationship between periphery and centre, social, political and psychological structures and patterns are shifted, sublated or subverted.
The group of Pages (Spread, Extended, Repaired, etc.), 2009, whose starting point are sheets of A4 white paper, deals with possible ways of newly discovering space. The sheets are cut according to selfimposed rules and reassembled in such a way that edge and centre are redefined. They are proces sed into? arranged in? lines that unfold into the real space, thus entering into a dialogue with it.
Such relocations and transformations do not just take place in the individual works. Whole new and surprising perspectives are opened up by minimal interventions into the real space, such as a half chair standing at the wall, Wall Chair with Moss, 2009. In political terms, such new perspectives uncover alternative possibilities of living. The performative practice which has permeated all of Horvat’s works to date allows us to surmise that the question of the relationship between body and space, objects in space, and the question of space itself for each era and society, has to be repeatedly re-negotiated.