From 14 June to 3 July at the Josip Račić Gallery, the Zagreb cultural audience will be able to view Ana Ratković Sobota’s exhibition Lakes, conceived by art historian Nevenka Šarčević. Specifically, the artist will showcase five large-scale works executed in the batik textile-dying technique from the Lakes series that she has been creating in various techniques during the last few years. The works are motivated both by the artist’s interest in our attitudes towards untouched originality as found in the natural environment of the Plitvice Lakes, which has been devastated as a result of the mass tourism development, as well as the need for experimentation, says the exhibition curator.
Ana Ratković Sobota (Zagreb, 1988) finished the School of Applied Arts and Design. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the class of Prof. Matko Vekić. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions and has staged solo exhibitions in Croatia and abroad, specifically in Tokamachi, Japan and at Lauba, Zagreb. During April and May 2018 and 2019 in Leipzig she took part in the De/Construction of Image residency program. She painted a mural in the secure ward of the penitentiary in Požega and a mural in the department for emergency patient transfer at the KBC Rebro Hospital. She lives and works in Zagreb. She is a member of the Croatian Freelance Artists Association and the Croatian Association of Visual Artists.
Image: From the Lakes exhibition set-up at the Josip Račić Gallery and Portrait of artist Ana Ratković Sobota. Photo: Goran Vranić © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb, 2022