Siniša Labrović (HR) Interview

performance, 2016

Beauty is a must-have of contemporary living, something without which one cannot even go to pee in the dark of one’s own bachelor flat. For you never know who might see you – God, guardian angel, good fairy or death. Ultimately, if you have a conscience, you are the ones who have to be aware of yourself and any possible shortcomings, be self-critical like once the bad old communists. (True enough, they cared about something as inessential and ephemeral as ideology and ended up according to their merits.) The contemporary obsession with beauty is not at all contemporary, but is the consequence of the whole of evolution, is rooted in what people are as a species and is a signal of harmony, fertility, health, perhaps even of faith. If it were not, the whole beauty industry could kiss its arse goodbye. Our service-based industry, without an industrial base, would vanish faster than the pong of a fart. Beauty is too important a thing to be left to fortuity and the anarchy of individual amateur predilections, most often unchanging, and no kind of Platonic idea would rise out of the ooze of what is called life.

Then there is Fashion. Fashion as structured beauty, like law, like regulation, the provisional eternity of every single thing. When I say a thing, I am mean what we see around us, nature and society, clothing food, housing, plants and animals, countries, lands, ideas, art, feelings and human relations. For fashion having crept in everywhere, we have to thank the good blood supply given contemporaneity by the media. The first law of every ancient wisdom is rootedness in the Now, and fashion as our ancient wisdom follows this knowledge. And so the Now rules our lives, and since the Now has the unfortunate property of impermanence, the result that we are constantly behind Fashion, being outside the trends and having, in consequence, a feeling of guilt. The Interview is a performance that celebrates beauty, aestheticisation and oppressive standardization in contemporary society. Good taste is good, and bad is evil. Fashion, of course, is everything.

associate: Nenad Stipanić

Siniša Labrović (HR)

Siniša Labrović was born in 1965 in Sinj. In 1997, he took a degree in Croatian language and literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. He began to go in for the visual arts in 2000. He had his first solo show in the Otok Gallery in Dubrovnik. He has shown his work at numerous collective and solo exhibitions, carried out actions and performances as well as urban interventions, in Croatia – in Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Zadar, Pula, Rijeka, Split, Šibenik, Osijek and Poreč, and abroad – in Novi Sad, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Graz, Carlisle, Reykjavik, Regensburg, Dundee, Istanbul, Paris, Copenhagen, Brussels, Venice, Budapest, Berlin, Dresden, Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, New York, San Sebastian and Lodz. In 2005 he attracted the attention of world media (such as Reuters, BBC, Ansa, New York Post, Guardian, Times, NBC, ABC) with his work, a reality show in which the contestants were sheep. In 2007 he won third purchasing prize at the first T-HT/MCA Competition in Zagreb for Family Diary. This work is part of the permanent display of the MCA.

The paper Slobodna Dalmacija proclaimed the performance Gloria done on the Split waterfront one of the five best cultural events in Dalmatia in 2007. In 2010, at the 16th International Theatre Festival in Pula he won the Vjetar prize for the performance of Gloria. His work is kept in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, the Museum of Fine Art in Split, the Museum of Modern Art in Dubrovnik and in private collections. In 2009 he exhibited at the 11th Istanbul Biennial. He represented Croatia at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale with the Pulska grupa, Hrvoslava Brkušić, Igor Bezinović and Boris Cvjetanović.