Igor Grubić

366 Liberation Rituals

2008 - 2009

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Scarves and Monuments)

    Scarves and Monuments

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Bicycle and Flag)

    Bicycle and Flag

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Monument and Flowers)

    Monument and Flowers

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Christmas Trees)

    Christmas Trees

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Small and Contemplative Actions)

    Small and Contemplative Actions

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Red Fountain)

    Red Fountain

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Red Escadrille)

    Red Escadrille

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Read Martek)

    Read Martek

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Sad Clown)

    Sad Clown

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Handprint)

    Handprint

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Little Quotes Lessons)

    Little Quotes Lessons

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Buried Dreams)

    Buried Dreams

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Sun Eclipse)

    Sun Eclipse

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

  • Igor Grubić, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2009, (Thin Read Thread)

    Thin Read Thread

    33 plates, 19 plates framed 63 x 92,8 cm, 14 plates framed 93,5 x 123,5 cm

In his '366 Liberation Rituals' – an entire series of staged interventions and performances in public areas – the artist works through the experiences of his childhood and youth in the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia. He plays with the insignia of proletarian revolution, the red flag and the red neckerchief worn by countless Communist youth organisations. Grubić’s staged rituals of liberation, no doubt, include the liberation from his own past, the liberation from the restrictions of his youth, but also from those imposed by the transformation of society.

The '366 Liberation Rituals' are also an hommage to the action Red Peristyle, which took place in January 1968 at the Roman Peristyle in Split, when the ancient courtyard of the Diocletian Palace from the fourth century A.D. was painted in red by an anonymous group of artists and activists. 30 years later, in January 1998, Igor Grubić painted over night a black circle in the courtyard, 'Black Peristyle'. In a corner the artist left a message, that the black circle reflected "like a magic mirror the state of social consciousness". Ten years later, and 40 years after the 'revolutionary' 1968, Igor Grubić decided to dedicate each day of the year 2008 to a certain 'revolutionary' activity.

The acts of civil disobedience and political artistic activism are documented in several hundred photographs and arranged on 33 individual boards. Each board carries a text written by the artist, which gives a short explanation of the liberation ritual.

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