Željko Beljan: Gost

November 17th - December 9th  2022

Prostor becomes a temporary home for the Guest - a fictional being that, in the form of a site-specific installation, completely takes over the interior it inhabits. Its origin is marked by research into the concept of soft sculpture and the limits and improvisations in the technique of knotting (macramé), which transform this skill from a hobby and everyday context to a gallery. The final result does not imply the completion of the form, but the ability to transform as a living organism and the specific ethnographic-scientific-fantasy character typical of Beljan's artistic practice.

The exhibition opens on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. and remains on display until December 9th. It can be viewed on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Željko Beljan (Vukovar, 1984) is an artist with a primary interest in working with textiles. In 2021, he completed his graduate studies in New Media at the Department of Animated Film and New Media of the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Zagreb. Through his artistic work, he explores the phenomenon of handwork and its position in contemporary art, as well as soft art, folk and outsider art. Since 2011, he has participated in a series of juried and group exhibitions in Croatia and the region. His solo exhibitions so far: Benjamin Beljan: Željko (Kamba Garage, Zagreb, 2022); Benjamin, 2021 (CEKAO Gallery, Zagreb, 2022); Myth, Embroidery and Vuteks (NMG@Praktika, Split, 2020; Karas Gallery, Zagreb, 2020); Cartoon Core (Siva Gallery, Zagreb, 2018; Inquiry Inc., Osijek, 2016). He was the participant of the WHW Academy educational program, generation 2022. Lives and works in Zagreb.

The exhibition is part of the "Craft as a form of resilience" program which "Culture Hub Croatia" Platform is implementing in 2022 as part of the Prostor creative hub. The program is co-financed by the Kultura nova Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia and the City of Split.

Curator: Jasmina Šarić

Technical setup: Marino Vukasović, Željko Beljan