Exhibition period: 04th of September to 9th of September
Working times: Wednesday – Friday 11AM to 7PM; Saturday – Sunday 10AM to 6PM; closed Monday and Tuesday
Opening: 4th of September 8PM
Location: HDLU – Gallery PM
Author: Petra Šarin
When presenting the history of a family, the photographic medium is very often, because of its skilful flirting with documentarism, perceived as a testimony of time. At the same time, the element of a positive self-presentation on depictions of moments of staged family idyll is being (inadvertently) disregarded.
This is precisely the starting point for artist Glorija Lizde’s reflections. She asks herself whether it is possible to retrospectively examine difficult, repressed and unrecorded fragments of time-related to a certain family. However, before plunging into past moments, the author carries out extensive research on her father’s illness, which marked the growing up of his three daughters. The illness is referred to as F20.5, a cold medical code for residual schizophrenia. After that, she places the same three female protagonists into staged reinterpretations of father’s hallucinations, which, by taking on performative character, have a therapeutic effect on places of repressed family memories. In so doing, the artist uses the capacity of photography for resemantization of thinned memories, and she divides the final series into three segments: unified portraits of the three sisters and performances of father’s hallucinations which intertwine with depictions of still life. Thus she expands the story about father’s inner antagonisms through other family members who are determined by them, at the same time synthesizing multiple views of “one reality”.
We recognize duality, as a guiding principle in the art process, in the dichotomy between dynamic and calming, achieved by the interaction between light and shadow; by emphasizing clear, sharp colours with inscribed symbolism (such as red which is associated with life-death, love-war dualities); repeating geometrized motifs; while on the other hand calming landscapes hint at the final state of mental order, closing the circle.
Duality is also present on the conceptual level because the artist uses photography as a tool for introspection but at the same time, she skilfully plays with it in representation, by manipulating framing, omitting content, alternating subjects and clear context, which results in the loss of connection between hallucination and interpretation. This creates a fertile ground for inscribing different meanings. Therefore, she translates the feeling of apparent closeness and almost voyeuristic prying into the intimacy of a family, exposed on gallery walls, into the structures of some other, more universal reality, which requires facing the past for a better present.
Author: Glorija Lizde
The work F20.5 depicts the confrontation of my own childhood, during which my father suffered from residual schizophrenia.
Through the reconstruction of my own past and reinterpretation of father’s visual hallucinations, I am staging situations in which I place myself and my twin sisters in order to acknowledge and show the influence the illness had on the entire family.
I use photography as a therapeutic instrument, to relive and accept, from a distance, powerful experiences and memories, portray and transform them and, in this way, to get to know myself anew
Glorija Lizde was born in 1991. in Split. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Film and Video and a Master’s degree in Photography at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. Her photography work explores themes such as family relationships, memory and identity.
She has had two solo exhibitions and has also participated in several group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad such as Being/Seeing (QUAD Gallery, UK), Parallel Intersection Lisboa, State Abed (Gallery of Fine Art Split), Nova imena (ULUPUH), ISPIT 2015 (Gallery SC) and Rovinj Photodays 2016 (Museum of Arts and Crafts Zagreb). She is a member of Croatian Association of Visual Artists. She was awarded Deans’ award for her work on photography series F20.5.