Until January 31 2016
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Sensory Spaces is a series of commissioned solo projects presented in the Willem van der Vorm Gallery, located in the freely accessible exhibition space in the museum’s entrance hall. Artists are invited to respond to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasizing notions of transformation and surprise.
For the seventh edition Aleksandra Domanović (Novi Sad, Yugoslavia 1981) has made an installation that examines themes such as reproduction and representation and man and machine. In the Willem van der Vorm Gallery a cluster of semi-transparent foils printed with images that include skeletons with printers hangs from the ceiling. The images are computer-generated 3D models, printed as 2D renderings. In the images the perspective is reversed so that objects in the foreground appear smaller than those in the background. The various semi-transparent layers combine to create a three-dimensional image that changes constantly as one walks through the space.
Reproduction, danse macabre and gender
In this installation Aleksandra Domanović combines different perspectives, times and spaces. Her work questions how two-dimensional images relate to reality and the role of reproduction techniques and digitisation in this relationship. The images of skeletons, a symbol of mortality, refer to a series of woodcuts on the ‘danse macabre’ theme by Hans Holbein the Younger, which in 1538 was reproduced in large numbers thanks to the new technology of book printing. The installation also examines the relationship between women and technological innovation. It includes multiple images of the ilium, the part of the pelvis that differs markedly between men and women.
Subjective and objective
Aleksandra Domanović studied design and architecture. Her artistic practice began with her involvement in the website vvork.com, which she maintained together with several other artists. The website was one of the first blogs to show works of art online in their own right rather than as documentation. From the subjective and personal to the objective and general, Domanović draws inspiration for her artworks from her personal life and from the disintegration of Yugoslavia and its consequences.