Pop Art playfulness filled with colours and details is a recognisable signature of Jasmina Krajačić. This Zagreb-based artist was born on July 26, 1968, and after graduating from the Applied Arts School in Zagreb, she moved to the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts, where she earned her degree in 1992.
Her contemporary work, which takes an obvious interest in geometry and design, has taken a lot of its influence from England’s punk movement and pop culture.
Krajačić’s newest exhibition, entitled ”Closeups”, is set to be held at Galerija Siva, and its opening is scheduled for September 23, at 20:00, and the exhibition will last and be available to the public every day apart from Sunday from 17:00-20:00 all the way until September 28. The Jasmina Krajačić Closeups exhibition includes portraits, pop art recycling, and the transformation of original photos. These photos are both of famous people (such as David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Debbie Harry from the band Blondie, and more), of unknown people and also Krajačić’s own self-portrait.
Invitation to the Closeups exhibition © Jasmina Krajačić
Tatjana Bezjak, a Croatian sculptor and writer, wrote a review of Krajačić’s work which is going to be featured in the upcoming exhibition. She rated Krajačić’s sixteen portraits as playful, attractive, full of colours, and invitingly cheerful. At first, Bezjak points out that these attributes are disturbing, but they bring out calm inside of us when we look at these close-ups and decipher some of the messages behind Krajačić’s work ourselves.
David Bowie © Jasmina Krajačić
”Close-ups are a look in the mirror, in the face of contemporary society, a society of consumerism and spectacle, deranged values and identity crises. Close-ups do not differ by the status, success or popularity of those in the portraits. Whether we belong to the anonymous crowd or to the shiny world of fame and celebrities, with commodities and identities, all of us are deceiving ourselves, without exception. While the invisible hand relentlessly serves new needs and practices, moving some final goalpost, some ultimate fulfillment is always further behind the horizon. It is almost impossible not to reach it, again and again“, writes Bezjak.
Amy Winehouse © Jasmina Krajačić
Blondie © Jasmina Krajačić
The criticism of the neo-liberal paradigm and constantly chasing profit consumerism is evident even in the name sof Krajačić’s pictures. Titles that will be showcased in the exhibition such as ”Buy Passion”, ”Buy Patience”, ”Buy Empathy”, ”Buy Eternity”, ”Buy Wisdom”, ”Buy Dignity”, ”Buy Fearlessness”, ”Buy Affection”, accompanied by the eye-candy-like geometrical game of circles and colours, constantly force us to challenge our own identities.
The question posed to our identities is not necessarily difficult to answer with a simple yes or no, because of sheer complexity, but rather because it is a question we don’t want to answer honestly: Are our identities genuine or bought?
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