RM Sunday Session: Ivan Grubanov & Noa Roei in Conversation

Today’s RM Sunday Session is with Ivan Grubanov and Noa Roei (Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam). Roei speaks with Grubanov about the materiality of his work, the use and abuse of flags, and how nationalism may create feelings of safety, while at the same time impose serious limitations on human beings.

Noa Roei is Assistant Professor at the department of Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. Her work on various aspects of nationalism, militarism and visual culture has been published in several edited volumes and journals, and her monograph, Civic Aesthetics: Militarism, Israeli Art, and Visual Culture (Bloomsbury Publishing), has seen light in in 2017.

Ivan Gruabanov opened his new exhibition For God and My Country last week at Galerie Ron Mandos. Grubanov (1976) is a former Rijksakademie resident and representative of the Serbian pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. In his installations and paintings made of flags and worker suits, the Serbian artist explores the notion of nationalism. Through his memories of the bloody civil conflict that broke the former Yugoslavia apart, the artist addresses the question what it means to be part of a nation, and what it means to be associated with a national identity.

ABOUT Ivan Grubanov

Ivan Grubanov (SRB, 1976) has enjoyed an intense training as an artist, starting out at the Belgrade Academy of Fine Arts, followed by training programs and residencies at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam, the Delfina Studios in London, Casa de Velazquez in Madrid and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In 2015, he represented Serbia at the 56th Venice Biennale with his project United Dead Nations.

Ivan Grubanov is constantly trying to innovate the medium of painting. Being born himself in a country with such a turbulent past, he became intrigued by the articulation of historical memory against contemporary conditions. What does his heritage still mean for him today? And in a broader sense how do past cultural values still exist in our current globalised society. His process-oriented painterly method evolves into a podium for knowledge production, persistently posing challenging questions about social and political realities.

Ivan Grubanov has established his international career through numerous solo, group, and biennial exhibitions worldwide, as well as many artistic and scholarly awards. Solo shows include Laboratorio 987 at MUSAC in Leon, Le Grand Cafe Centre d’Art Contemporain in St Nazaire, Gallery of the Belgrade Cultural Center and Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Stroom Center for Contemporary Art in Den Haag, Nogueras Blanchard in Barcelona.

Participations in group shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Witte de With in Rotterdam, Kiasma in Helsinki, the 3rd International Festival of Contemporary Art of Algiers, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, the 1st Thessaloniki Biennial, Stedelijk Museum CS, SMART Project Space and De Appel in Amsterdam, the Drawing Center and Apex Art in New York, City Gallery in Prague, the 50th Belgrade October Salon, the Spa Port Biennial in Banja Luka, the 3rd Bucharest Biennial of Young Artists, Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana, the 3rd Tirana Biennial, the 3rd Biennial of Quebec, Kunsthalle Bern, Office Baroque and Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp, Aeroplastics in Brussels, South London Gallery, ARCOS Museum in Benevento, Museum De Beyerd in Breda, Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon, Iaspis in Stockholm.