The Art of Protest

20.12.2011 | Art , Blog | BY:

Four decades of society-questioning artwork will be on display as part of the Sanja Iveković: Sweet Violence exhibition at the MoMA.

A self-proclaimed feminist artist, she started out as part of the Nova Umjetnička Praksa (New Art Practice) generation in Croatia. To this day, the Zagreb-born creative continues to produce fascinating and deeply critical work in the form of photographs, sculptures and installations. In her early work, Iveković showed an insight into the psychological effects of mass media through work such as Double Life in 1975, which placed a collection of the artist’s personal photographs alongside women’s magazine advertisements.

Nowadays, her work analyses politics, gender, paradoxes as well as the place and representation of women within society. Figure & Ground, her 2006 compilation of collages depicting blood-covered female models in high-fashion military-style outfits as armed terrorists, as well as Women’s House, for which the artist produced facial plaster casts of abuse victims, are a testament to this ideology.

Innovative and thought-provoking, Sanja Iveković proves that art is best when served with afterthought.

Sanja Iveković: Sweet Violence is exhibiting at the The Museum Of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019 until March 26

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