press release

The cultural season will be opened by a solo exhibition of the formal Yugoslavian artist Ivan Grubanov. During five weeks you are invited to visit this special show containing a lot of his most recent drawings and paintings.

During the past year Ivan Grubanov has been living and working at his family house in Serbia. Long period of time spent outside of his native surrounding caused a kind of distance that enabled him to see personal and social relations of his origin in a fresh and more complete way.

The complex history that burdens this whole geo-political region, especially after the recent wars, forms a system of conditioning that works not only through social relations, but through the personal also. It is present in the conditioned identities and their conditioned interaction. Grubanov always thought of his father as a module of conditioning caused by the history of this region. His desire for interpretation and expressing his social position through art came from the unresolved relation with his father, relation to the roles that history assigned to them.

After several years of separation, Grubanov is coming back to his personal history. Standing in front of his father he´s trying to use painting as a medium for establishing relation. His biological, social and historical origin, incarnated in his father, is becoming a recording of his intuitive and creative origin, painting.

Ivan Grubanov was born in Belgrade in 1976 and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in painting. In 2002 and 2003 he has been living in Amsterdam and working at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten on a bursary from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Grubanov works in a wide range of artistic forms and media: video art, photography, installation. He has exhibited actively since 1997, initially in Yugoslavia including the International Biennial of Sculpture ‘Relations 00’ at Pancevo, the 10th BELEF (Belgrade Summer Festival) in 2000 and ‘The End of the Episode’ at SULUJ Gallery in Belgrade. He has also shown in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th International Festivals of Young Independent Artists, ‘BREAK 21’. Significant exhibitions since 2001 include ‘Under Construction’ at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujadowsky in Warsaw; ‘Violence’ at the NSA Gallery in Durban, South Africa and several exhibitions in the Netherlands, notably ‘Fuse’ in 2003 at the Centre for Contemporary Art De Beyerd in Breda and recently his first solo exhibition in London, Lawrence o´Hana gallery.


Ivan Grubanov - Study of My Father, a relation to the origin