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KINGS Artist Run acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

EPICENTRE

Elmedin Žunić

Middle Gallery
4 Feb 2017–25 Feb 2017
Opening 12.00am 1 Jan 1970

EPICENTRE examines the cultural and chronological perspectives of a traumatic event that took place 24 years ago – a visual review of the Bosnian collective trauma seen from the perspective of a Bosnian émigré.

Trauma is an apparent and visible currency of the Bosnian war, which has clearly been recorded as a part of the world history – invoking a ‘hypothetical shared experience’.

What the presence of the works sets the ground for is, what Roland Barthes calls, the intersubjective space – a psychological act connecting the viewer and the works in a dialogical manner.

Two neat, long tables presented along the middle gallery (2) space, demonstrate an arrangement of ‘archived’ texts and images, individually enclosed in book-like concrete blocks, with formats slightly larger than A4, resting in the space as the weight of their content is reflected in their form.

Žunić’s personal archives, displayed in an athenaeumian manner, invite the spectator into his intimate remarks, partially enclosed, slightly preserved and altogether violated by the materiality of concrete in which they are all set – arrested in the weight of history and bureaucratic sterility.

  • Elmedin Žunić works across a wide range of media, encompassing installation, photography, drawing and video. Over the past 13 years he has been actively involved in both the art scene of Australia as well as those abroad; exhibiting in South Africa, South America, Kurdistan and Norway. Philosophy forms a strong aspect of Žunić’s conceptual framework, whose work often refers to philosophies that address alienation, identity and existentialism. The visual discourse is recurrently charged with issues of social and political unrest and expatriation – all of which the artist has personal connections to – having grown up during the conflict that consumed former Yugoslavia. Žunić currently resides in Melbourne where he is undertaking his doctorate at Victorian College of the Arts. His research investigates ways contemporary art negotiates history and memory, particularly historical trauma, through the case example of the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina between the years 1992-1995 and its aftermath. www.elmedinzunic.com

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