Renata Poljak

Yet Another Departure

Galerija Kranjčar, Zagreb

Yet Another Departure by Renata Poljak will be presented by Kranjčar Gallery at LOOP FAIR 2018

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Renata Poljak
Yet Another Departure
15 min 50 s
Format & Technical

3 channel video installation
Edition of 3 + 2 AP

Yet Another Departure is a continuation of a visual research which started within the project Partenza (2016). The central topic of the three-channel installation is the deliberate sinking of the flagship of the Yugoslav navy Vis, a luxurious, most important ship of the former state. The ship was sunk on 22 May 2016 in the cove Polje near Premantura in Istria. In addition to the visual material showing the sinking of the ship, scenes recently shot on the islands of Brijuni are also shown, starring the same actress as in Partenza, blurring in such a way the confines between time and space, collective memory and personal loss.

Combining the media of photography, drawings, video, film and installation, Poljak unfolds political, economic and social phenomena. The ideas and subjects are grounded in personal experiences; often incorporating autobiographical elements, while combining them with documentary material. The works contemplate on the concepts of remembering and forgetting, and on construction and dissemination of ideologies, histories and different political agendas. Recent films and photo collages express the global insecurity of contemporary society and the fragility of human existence. Metaphorically, they address a story about departure, anticipation and separation. They powerfully and suggestively point to the human condition as fragile and susceptible to political, economic and social changes. Using different media, images, procedures and techniques the work stages specific visual narrative to tell stories about history, memory, place and identity.