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David Maljkovic: Recalling Frames

David Maljkovic: Recalling Frames
Library Shelf Location 18.MALJ
Publication Date 2011
Description Croatian artist David Maljkovic's, Recalling Frames, are photomontages that interweave still images from Orson Welles' film The Trial, shot in Zagreb in 1962, with the artist's own contemporary photographs of the filming locations. Welles' haunting exploration of the terror of faceless bureaucracy was set against the city's Cold War-era Modernist buildings, to which Maljkovic returned to carefully photograph the sites from the same dramatic angles shown in the film. Spliced together from black-and-white negative prints, the resulting unique prints conflate five decades of aesthetic and ideological change. In some of Maljkovic's works, sections of austere concrete architecture are seamlessly connected across the disparate photographs, with characters from Welles' film inhabiting a present urban environment that has gone unchanged in the intervening time. The city's past, its role as the setting of The Trial, and the reality of its contemporary status all share a single, uncanny frame. In other pieces, in which the buildings in the film have since been remodeled, defaced, or destroyed, Welles' characters inhabit environments that no longer exist. These works occupy a world that has, over years of political and economic transformation, become outmoded and been erased.
Quantity 1
Pages 36
Format Exhibition Catalogue
Publisher Metro Pictures, New York
Related Artist David Maljkovic
Category Film/Video/Projections etc
Artist's Nationality Croatian
Language English

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