366 Liberation Rituals

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    Several days after New Year's celebration, I would walk around different city districts in the morning, looking for Christmas trees that had been thrown out as garbage. I walked around neighbourhoods representing different social structures: middle-class, elite, as well as barracks where homeless people live. I put red baubles and a red star on top of the trees that I came accross, suggesting a potential unity in a celebratory nostalgia for the past times.

    Christmas Trees
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

     

    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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    On different public locations I read the poetry of Vlado Martek using a megaphone. I read a radical anarchist poem 'Politicians, kill yourselves' from his book Actions of Writing. As Martek had for years performed actions in which he suggested reading the poetry of the Russian avant-garde (e.g. 'Read Mayakovski'), I thought it would be interesting to do an action titled 'Read Martek'. Martek's poetic style is close to the idea of the avant-garde, its boldness and belief that it can exalt and culturally enrich people. For this reason I began the action by shouting out: 'Poetry to the people!'.

    By ironizing militarism, I suggested that politicians and the military  – who should both be in the service of the people – safeguard their own positions of power and, by doing so, distance themselves from the very people they are supposed to serve. Two artists of the younger generation whose artistic practice is also critical and socially engaged (Marko Markovic and Bozidar Katic) participated in the action. In the sense of 'caring for future generations', I demonstrated the baton-like transfer of the spirit of activism from one generation to the next.

    Read Martek
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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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    'Under all those flags that fly... one day I accidently found a way... I am free...' (from a song by Haustor)
    I wrapped the Croatian flag around its pole and around it I tied an unmarked red cloth. With this act I wanted to symbollically strip the state flag of its meaning. At the break of dawn I drove around the city on a bicycle, as a 'phantom of freedom'. I managed to bring a smile to the faces of sleepy comuters on their way to work.

    Bicycle and Flag
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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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    By placing scarves on monuments, I aimed at reviving them and giving them an aura of active fighters in our everyday life. Placing the scarves on monuments was often done at the same time as 'Little quotes Lessons'. Both actions were carried out with the aim of awakening and questioning (the impact of) our cultural and political heritage. I placed the scarves on monuments to heroes of the anti-fascist movement.

    Scarves and Monuments
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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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    I remember when I was in high-school, I saw for the first time a photo of a man who had his head shaved in the shape of a star (as a priest's tonsure): I was completely awed by the idea. Back then, I did not know what that person was or what the act meant, so I interpreted it in my own way. Some time had passed before I learned the true meaning of the photograph, which disappointed me at first. Although I could  grasp Duchamp's intention to point to the fact that the man is a comet, I preferred my youthful interpretation of the work as a proclamation of the artist's left wing anarchist radical attitude in the context of the period of modernism and the rising of capitalism in which he had lived.

    In accordance with my first impression, I shaved the tonsure in the shape of the star. I wore a cap, and would occasionally appear at specific locations and would, in the form of a small ritual, take off the cap and stand in silence for a while. Symbolically, I was commenting on the different processes of transition of our society from socialism to capitalism, by touching upon some relevant issues: false patriotism, politicizing of the Church, the destruction of social ownership and the corruption of privatization, the increasing poverty, art as an uncompromising battlefront, and the significance of continuing the battle even though significant change may seem impossible.

    Small and Contemplative Actions
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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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    On the anniversary of the death of a French tourist – a homosexual beaten to death by skinheads in the centre of Zagreb – I put flower buds at the place where he had died. When I realized that close-by there was a Second World War monument to the fallen fighters against the Nazi regime, I paid respect to them as well. I treated them as fighters for the freedom of all citizens, including those of different sexual orientation. I did this by putting flower buds on the hero's chest.

    Monument and Flowers
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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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    On the day of the official visit of the U.S. President George W. Bush to Croatia, in front of the National Bank of Croatia at the Croatian Nobles Square (where also the international Monetary Fund offices are situated) I coloured the water in the fountain blood red, symbollically alluding to the blood of the victims of Bush's international policy as well as protesting against the IMF policy.

    The action of colouring the fountain was carried out as an illegal action, despite strong security measures and a large number of police officers monitoring the square as well as the circulation of citizens. The action also served as a direct provocation to the atmosphere of emergency-like state in the country during Bush's visit, as well as the regulation of public space and citizens' behaviour, ranging from subservient cleaning of parks to welcome the American president, up to covering up and neutralizing any attempt of expressing criticism and resistance.

    Red Fountain
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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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    As I teenager I used to completely indentify myself with the music and the author I listened to. For me they were not just idols but prophets of the life and world where people strove to fight for their rights, where one can find understanding, compassion, love. This point of view was initiated by a wave of global proportions in which we all dreamt of a different world. This impulse brought about a change by softening the staunch conservatism, but the ruling capitalist system has remained the same. No radical change has been brought forward, in the sense of reaching towards the desired utopia. The vinyl records which I use in the action were not maybe the biggest influence on forming my teenage attitudes, but they reflect the spirit of the period.
    The part of the writing or the image on the cover which is left visible, functions as a seed for future generations. I bury the old form of message, but at the same time the nucleus-essence remains, as a seed for a new one.
    The ritual 'Buried Dreams' in a symbolic way evokes another consciousness and power which exists in all of us; however, in order for it to come alive, the old consciousness has to die. Like in Shamanic initiations, a man has to symbolically die in order to be reborn as a different person (consolidated, transformed).

    Buried Dreams
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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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    I intervened on public monuments in different cities, by putting up banners with quotes by famous historical thinkers and writers. In this way the monuments – as symbols of social values which, however, become neglected and invisible over time – would come to life again. They would become commentators of the contemporary socio-political situation.

    Little Quotes Lessons
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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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    The sad clown burst into tears, thus joining the mourning over the world economic crisis.

    Sad Clown
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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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    I covered the sculpture 'Landed Sun', a work by artist Ivan Kozaric from 1971, which symbolizes radiance, well-being and optimism, with black cloth in the action performed during the day, in the most crowded pedestrian street in the centre of Zagreb.

    The protest gesture warns about the overall state of 'eclipse' in our society, with regards to the socio-political situation, as with regards to culture and education.
    The action was performed as support to the students of the Faculty of Philosophy and their rebellion against the commercialization of education.

    Sun Eclipse
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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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    I asked Vlado Martek, inspired by his well-known actions 'Read the poetry of' (Hölderlin, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Trakl, Mandeljstam, Pessoa, Celan), to select one poem by each of the seven – in the opinion of Vlado Martek, most relevant – poets.

    I printed the selected poetry on red papers and made paper airplanes which I then threw from the rooftop of the 'Mamutica' ('the Giant') building – the largest and the most populated building, made in the period of socialism in Zagreb.

    Red Escadrille (the free Flight of Poetry)
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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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    While performing the action with grafitti in the neighbourhood where mass apartment construction is taking place, I saw an electricity station, on which traces of a worker's hand were printed all over. I was fascinated by this simple visual gesture. In these times, which are hard for workers, I decided to leave such a hand-print at the place where this problem should be discussed the most – the building of the Croation Parliament. Worker's hands, although dirty, remain clean, in contrast with the 'dirty' hands of local politicians who capitalized their positions of power by corruption, distancing themselves definitively from the workers which they are supposed to represent.

    Hand-print
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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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    "You will die once you start doubting your own ideals".
    S. S. Kranjćević

    The intervention was performed as support to the student blockade of the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb and their initative for free education. With the intention to remind of certain historical ideals, the intervention brought attention to the monument to Croatian poet Silvije Strahimir Kranjćević (1865–1908), which contains various historical connotations and meanings, but which are all directed towards the ideals of achieving freedom through education of the people.
    The sculpture was used as the field in which it is possible to insert new meaning, while the artistic intervention became the paradigm of struggle, activism and intellectual rebellion. The red threads connecting the sculpture with the faculty building symbolize the forces leading towards the student revolution. The red colour, filled with symbolic meaning, was not chosen as the carrier of ideological assiciations, but as the colour representing life, energy, youth, rebellion and passion. Knowledge to the people! Knowledge is liberation!

     

    Thin red Thread
    2008–2009
    from the series '366 Liberation Rituals'
    framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm
    33 plates
    19 plates framed 63 cm x 92,8 cm
    14 plates framed 93,5 cm x 123,5 cm

    Edition 2/5 + 1 AP

    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'.