After London, New York, Philadelphia, Stuttgart, Ljubljana and Dubrovnik, Selma Hafizović’s exhibition “Reproduction” has been presented for the first time to the Zagreb audience at the Josip Račić Gallery. The opening remarks, given by Branko Franceschi, director of the National Museum of Modern Art – who collaborated with the exhibition curator Romina Peritz on the visual set-up – were followed by art historian Romina Peritz who spoke in more detail about the showcased works and the exhibition concept. This is how she described her first meeting with the artist: I discovered Selma and her art completely by accident, two years ago in Dubrovnik. The exhibition had a feminist character, it was filled with works of female artists. However, it was the curator, actually an artist with a very unusual biography, who drew my attention. I conducted our first newspaper interview in Gradska kavana (City Café) and after asking a few unusual questions about the concept of the exhibition she curated, the idea that inspired it, I became interested in her and her art. Her painting is so different from everything I have seen in Croatia till then.

The exhibition at the Josip Račić Gallery is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue in Croatian and English, with a text written by Romina Peritz, and it will remain on view until 30 April 2023.

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Translated by: Robertina Tomić
Photo: Goran Vranić and from the National Museum of Modern Art's archives © Nacionalni muzej moderne umjetnosti, Zagreb, 2023.

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