ALEKSANDRA DOMANOVIC


'Monument to Revolution', 2012
Commission for 4th Marrakech Biennale

In the early 1960s, classless and stateless societies were seen as utopias embodied by the Non-Aligned Movement. Many countries from the Middle East and Africa joined this movement in order to emphasise their neutrality during the Cold War.
Commissioned for the 4th Marrakech Biennale with the idea to create a work that relates the history of the former Yugoslavia with the culture and tradition of Morocco, Domanovic created a freestanding open-air sculpture coated with Tadelakt, a finishing material typical of the North African country. Reminiscent of the language of abstract forms employed in monumental sculptures in Central and South Europe, the appearance of Domanovic’s work is complicated by the use of material and technology rooted in a local vernacular tradition. This tension addresses both the exoticising of local craftsmanship and the alienating function of high art’s seemingly universal modernist idiom.  In ‘Monument to Revolution’ Domanovic adapted Ivan Sabolic’s monument of three raised fists at the Bubanj Memorial Park in Niš, Serbia. The original anti-fascist monuments symbolized the resistance of the people during World War II. Treated with Tadelakt, the sculpture obtains an artificial patina, evoking the historical monument that inspired it.

Aleksandra Domanovic
'Monument to Revolution', 2012
Installation view, 4th Marrakech Biennale
29 February - 31 May 2012