Vesna Dunimagloska

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The power of art in relation to reality

Vesna Dunimagloska is an installation and performance artist living and working in Bitola, Macedonia. Born there in 1976, she studied art in Skopje and Belgrade. Her works have been presented at exhibitions and festivals in Eastern and Western Europe. In 2002 Dunimagloska was awarded a residency at Kulturkontakt in Vienna. She is concerned with themes such as social politics, transformation and the power of art in relation to reality. The starting point for her video and installation works is frequently a real life situation, through which she explores the role and function of art in a wider contemporary social context.
Vesna Dunimagloska lives and works in Bitola, Macedonia as an installation and performance artist. Born in 1976, her art education was at the Faculty for Fine Arts (FLU) in Skopje followed by postgraduate studies in the Multimedia Department of the University of Arts in Belgrade.

Stanko Pavleski, Professor at FLU describes Dunimagloska as ‘one of the young generation artists who started to work in a time of great local political turbulence in the Balkans … treating social phenomena through conceptual aesthetic forms very successfully’.

The artist states that in the last few years she has worked on a series of video, photographs and live performances ‘aiming to involve myself in a real, existing urban and social situation, where the power of manipulation (communication) of an artist can uncover and reveal the power of media in society.’ She is concerned with topics such as social politics, transformation and the power of art in relation to reality.

She frequently incorporates real life situations and events in her pieces. An example is the video work ‘Represent’, presented at the Vrsac International Biennial of Young Artists in 1992. Made of TV recordings of the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics, Vesna Dunimagloska carried the aspirations of the Macedonian nation as part of the Yugoslav skiing team. The work exposes the moment of sacrificing individual affirmation, personal and family identity to satisfy the spectacle of a nation.

Another recent work ‘Becoming a Bride’ (2001) relates a moment of life experience and personal change. Dunimagloska filmed her grandmother, performing various characters related to the wedding ceremony. Here again, the artist starts from a personal engagement and brings ideas and themes as visual forms into the wider social context.

Vesna Dunimagloska has had solo exhibitions in Macedonia: ‘The Dancer’ in 2001, an exhibition of c-prints at Stepen Gallery in Skopje; ‘Before the beginning/After the end or Between’, an installation with video, performance and photography at Gallery M in Bitola in 1999 and ‘Modern mobile installation four metal boxes’, an action and site specific installation at CIX Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Arts in Skopje in 1999.

Group exhibitions include participation in the Context Europa project, exhibited at Les Subsistances in Lyon, France and in Vienna in 2002-03, V International Biennial of Young Artists at Vrsac, Yugoslavia in 2002, ‘Models’ at Casino Luxembourg and ‘Beyond the City’, International Forum of Art Initiative in Moscow, both in 2001. She was awarded a three-month residency at KulturKontakt, Vienna in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Visiting Arts/Spike Island International Fellowship 2001.

Dunimagloska has been active in other art projects as an organiser and participant. She was assistant programme co-ordinator for the International Art Symposium NO/YES at Bitola2000, ran experimental art workshops with child refugees from Kosovo ‘Food and other stuff’ for OXO & UNHCR in 2000 and worked on other children’s street theatre and art for social change projects.
Author: Judith Staines

Bio

Vesna Dunimagloska is an installation and performance artist living and working in Bitola, Macedonia. Born there in 1976, she studied art in Skopje and Belgrade. At the Faculty for Fine Arts in Skopje, she studied painting, gaining a Diploma in Fine Art and the award for the best student in the class in 1999. She continued her studies at postgraduate level in 2001 in the Multimedia Department of the University of Arts in Belgrade.

Her works have been presented at exhibitions and festivals in Eastern and Western Europe. In 2002 Dunimagloska was awarded a residency at Kulturkontakt in Vienna.

Works

EXHIBITIONS (Selected)

Exhibition / Installation,
2003
2003 ´Becoming a bride´, ´Context Europe 2002´, Les Subsistances, Lyon, France (video) 2003 ´The ramp´ (with Slobodanka Stevceska), Les Subsistances, Lyon, France (video) 2002 ´Becoming a Bride´, ´Context Europe 2002´, Vienna, Austria (video installation) 2002 ´Deutsch Wanted People´, KulturKontakt, Austria, (video installation & performance) 2002 ´Represent´, V International Biennial of Young Artists, Vrsac, Yugoslavia (video installation) 2001 ´The Dancer´, The Site, Stepen Gallery, Skopje (C-prints) 2001 ´Dare to be Different´, international exhibition of Balkan women artists, Fyer, Albania 2001 ´Models´, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg 2001 ´Beyond the City´, International Forum of Art Initiative, Moscow, Russia 2000 ´House of a Young Patriot´, Pro Helvetia project, Gjirokastra, Albania 2000 ´Who´s afraid to look from the outside´, NO/YES symposium, Bitola (performance)

Merits

2002-03 Soros supplementary grants
2002 Artist in Residency, KulturKontakt, Austria
2002 ´Selection 2002´, exhibition of six most successful artists shown 1999-2001
1999 Award for best student, Faculty of Fine Arts, Skopje, Macedonia

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Spike Island International Fellowship 2001

(01 April 01 - 31 August 01)

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KulturKontakt

Artists residency 2002: look under Education & Cooperation/Art & Culture/Artist in Residence. In English and German

Kontext Europa

German information on Context Europe 2002 programme

Remont Artists Association

English language report on group Art Session attended by artist 2001.

Kakanien Revisited

German language report on Context Europe project

Art project in Albania

German language report on art project in Albania. Swiss Journal for Cooperation with Albania.

Exporevue

In French. Review of exhibitions in Luxembourg 2002 including Casino Luxembourg show.

Blic Online

Article in Serbian on Vrsac Artist