The opening of the exhibition by Bojan Radovič Hiroshima Project and artist talk will be held on Monday, March 4th at 7 pm at the Spot Gallery (Čanićeva 6) in Zagreb.
The new work of the Slovenian photographer Radovič, made while he resided in Japan, follows that precise path: the author entangles the scenes of the daily hyper-capitalist Japanese society with the ruins caused by the bombing. Radovič creates an emotionally strong and complex series of photographs which clearly displays a conflict between the past and the present, or the memory of destruction and modern life. Documentary photographs of the so-called street aesthetic are complemented by the cycle Hibakujumoku. In doing that, Radovič chooses a more experimental approach, where he uses a prepared portable scanner to research the structure of the trees that lived through the blast of the atomic bomb, thus questioning the entire material world, as well as the nature of the photographic media.
Photography holds a significant role not only in direct recording of dramatic events that become “real” through the act of being photographed, thus entering the collective consciousness. In a contemporary context, thanks to the time distance, using the medium of photography allows us to approach traumatic experiences from the past in a completely new way, thus achieving the possibility of representing and interpreting them again.
Bojan Radovič graduated at the Swansea College of Art, University of Wales and he is currently one of the leading figures in Slovenian photography. In his work he investigates in detail both contemporary society and art, using carefully chosen concepts and a gaze unburdened by prejudice. The exhibition will remain open until 22 March.