ALEKSANDRA DOMANOVIĆ

'Turbo Sculpture', 2010-2013
HD video, colour, sound
20 mins
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
(DOMANOVIĆ-2011-0004)
In ‘Turbo Sculpture’ Domanović questions the emergence of a new kind of public art in the ex-Yugoslavia republics, which she defines in reference to ‘Turbofolk’, a popular style of music in the region, suggesting that these sculptures remain neutral in the turmoil of political disputes. Unlike war memorials, these public monuments do not refer to a common history of a specific site or occurrence; they are based, instead, on modern popular culture that knows no genius loci. Instead of war heroes, who would have been immortalized by classical monuments, local authorities now decide to eternalize Hollywood stars and heroes of the Western world in bronze. Bruce Lee, Johnny Depp, Rocky Balboa, and other film characters or public personae (here the real and the fictive figure blur) provide new points of identification for the community in place of celebrating national heroes, following the atrocities of war and the damaged reputations of political leaders.

Aleksandra Domanović
'Turbo Sculpture', 2010-2013



Aleksandra Domanović
'Turbo Sculpture', 2010-2013



Aleksandra Domanović
'Turbo Sculpture', 2010-2013



Aleksandra Domanović
'Turbo Sculpture', 2010-2013
Installation view, Kunsthalle Basel,
'From yu to me', 1 April, 27 May 2012



Aleksandra Domanović
'Turbo Sculpture', 2010-2013
Installation view, Kunsthalle Basel,
'From yu to me', 1 April, 27 May 2012



Aleksandra Domanović
'Turbo Sculpture', 2010-2013
Installation view, Kunsthalle Basel,
'From yu to me', 1 April, 27 May 2012



Aleksandra Domanović
'Turbo Sculpture', 2010-2013
Installation view, Kunsthalle Basel,
'From yu to me', 1 April, 27 May 2012



Aleksandra Domanović
'Turbo Sculpture', 2010-2013
Installation view, ‘The Present’s Presents’, CAN, Neuchatel, 2011
Photo by Sully Balmassière