Upcoming Exhibition: For God and My Country
Galerie Ron Mandos is pleased to present For God and My Country, a solo exhibition of new works by Ivan Grubanov (1976). In his installations and paintings made of flags and worker suits, the Serbian artist explores the notion of nationalism through memories of the bloody civil conflict that broke the former Yugoslavia apart. Grubanov addresses the question what it means to be part of a nation-state, what it means to try to leave national membership, and what it means to be associated with a nation.
Grubanov paints with vintage flags of his former country. It was by chance or artistic providence that he came into possession of a huge quantity of national flags, flags of the former single party and the proletarian movement of Yugoslavia. Grubanov started using these as tools to soak up and spread paint onto his canvases, wanting to bring them back to life. The intuitive and ritualistic process of covering and obscuring the flags with paint helps the artist to deal with the violent past of his country. They reveal to him ideologies and broken-up ideals of the past and show records of people who lost their nation.Read More