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The Neighborhood in Person


14/06/2017, 10:00 - 22:00
15/06/2017, 10:00 - 22:00
16/06/2017, 10:00 - 22:00
17/06/2017, 10:00 - 22:00
18/06/2017, 10:00 - 22:00

The Neighborhood in Person, Exhibition opening:
14/06/2017, 20:00 - 21:00

Location: Stara vojna bolnica, Vlaška 87, 1.kat

Author: Marija Gašparović
Exhibition design: Marita Bonačić & Katarina Perić
Curator: Bojan Krištofić

The Neighborhood in Person is a photo exhibition by the young photographer and designer Marija Gašparović, a member of the DDZ 2016 and 2017 organization team.

A series of interviews with intriguing people working or living in Martićeva Street ― designers, architects, curators, moviemakers, culture workers, proprietors, artisans, entrepreneurs, and others ― has been published, in cooperation with Bojan Krištofić as the text writer, on the project’s website and in the accompanying guidebook (in 2 editions). Through these interviews, we attempted to familiarize our readers with the progressive spirit of this neighborhood (bordered by Draškovićeva, Šubićeva, Vlaška, and Zvonimirova streets) that appeared there in the 20s and the 30s of the 20th century. The neighborhood can be seen as one of the origin points for the culture of contemporary Zagreb, and definitely as a place with a high concentration of its modern architectural heritage.

Marija Gašparović portrayed the interviewees in their homes, at their workplaces, or in the neighborhood’s exterior, thus creating a string of familiar images that convincingly evoke the ‘native’ atmosphere of this urban environment, embodied mostly in its protagonists ― residents and workers. Consistently set in a setting where the past and the present intertwine in picturesque ways, whether in interior or exterior, the protagonists individually convey their own original perspectives on the neighborhood, revealing to the readers (and observers) the story about their living in the ‘hood. While some opened the doors of their living and working spaces to the photographer, thus allowing her to record their intimate interventions in Lower Town’s buildings, other exposed their daily routine to her, leading her along their very own routes through the ‘hood. Ultimately, the emerging series of photographs tells a layered story about the neighborhood in a very private, intimate way, and, since the photos are mainly of people, The Neighborhood in Person came as a natural and logical name for the exhibition.

Even though the exhibition is dominated by portraits, there are also some small photo-details of the interiors and the exteriors that define the models more narrowly, but also some making-of photos of a kind, created during the interviews, which convey the poetic atmosphere of the neighborhood, known to all its inhabitants.

At the opening of the exhibition, all the photographed persons will gather and hang around with other guests.

Foto: Mario Dobričević