The Institute’s 2017 sculpture commission presents new work by Berlin-based artist Aleksandra Domanović (b. 1981). Her first exhibition dedicated to sculpture brings together works made over the last five years and invites her to respond to the Institute’s building.
Domanović’s research-led practice consistently explores technological developments, often looking to former Yugoslavia, her country of birth. For Domanović, technology is always gendered and always rooted in the society that creates it. In her film ‘Turbo Sculpture’, for example, she interrogates the recent phenomenon of public sculpture in former Yugoslavia dedicated to non-national media celebrities, such as Bruce Lee, Bob Marley and Tupac Shakur.
Domanović is interested in making sculpture portable: her ‘Paper Stack’ sculptures are monolithic vertical monuments made of piles of A4 paper that travel by PDF and are printed from a standard office machine. While as easy to move as a file transfer, time and labour are key: printers jam, toners fade, and stacking over one thousand pieces of paper is no easy task. Domanović has recently been creating 3-D printed sculptures based on the ‘Belgrade Hand’ – a post-war artificial hand with a sense of touch. Some hold votive objects, others batons modelled on those used in the Relay of Youth, an annual event held in Communist Yugoslavia to honour Tito’s birthday and symbolise unity among the nation.