Sanja Iveković

Sanja Iveković

Calvert 22 Gallery / South London Gallery

Sanja Iveković, Instructions No.1, 1976. Video still, black & white, sound, 6:03 minutes. Image courtesy of the artist.

December 5, 2012

Sanja Iveković
Unknown Heroine

14 December 2012–24 February 2013

South London Gallery
65-67 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH
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Calvert 22
22 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP
T +44 (0) 20 7613 2141
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Curated by Lina Džuverović

Calvert 22 and the South London Gallery are delighted to present Unknown Heroine, the first solo exhibition in the UK of Croatian artist Sanja Iveković.

This timely exhibition brings together Iveković’s pioneering feminist work in collage, film, performance and installation. Tackling issues of female identity, consumerism and historical amnesia, the show features work made across four decades against a background of political unrest. The exhibition highlights the complexity of Iveković’s practice, which lies precisely in exploring the intersections and commonalities across local conditions and global shifts. Works on display address the assault of the media on the individual, and the continued invisibility and erasure of women from the public sphere and from dominant historical narratives. Others address the effects of power and political agendas on public space, irrespective of regime.  

The emphasis of the work shown at Calvert 22 is on the transition from socialism to capitalism, and the agency of the individual within changing social systems; whilst at the South London Gallery, the question of female invisibility in the public arena and the artist’s negotiation of identity in relation to media constructs of femininity is foregrounded.

Unknown Heroine is also the first collaboration between two significant gallery spaces in east and south London. In showing Sanja Iveković’s work, Calvert 22 upholds its ongoing commitment to enable international audiences to engage with Eastern European visual culture, and the South London Gallery maintains an important strand of its programme, which is to present solo exhibitions by artists who have deservedly attained international acclaim but who have yet to make a major presentation of their work in London. 

The exhibition is accompanied by an in-depth publication featuring newly commissioned essays by Ivana Bago, Lina Džuverović, Antonia Majaca and Suzana Milevska.

Event highlights include:

Sanja Iveković in conversation
Saturday, 15 December 2012 
South London Gallery2pm
Sanja Iveković discusses her work with the exhibition’s curator, Lina Džuverović.

Twenty Three Per Cent*
Friday, 25 January 2013
The Royal College of Art, Battersea Campus, 10–5pm
A one-day conference which takes the work of Sanja Iveković as a point of departure to discuss urgent matters in feminism today. Participants include Ute Meta Bauer, Katy Deepwell, Silvia Eiblmayr, Sanja Iveković, Elisabeth Lebovici, Suzana Milevska, Ruth Noack, Milica Tomić and others.

*The current gap in pay between men and women in London

Archive as Strategy: Conversations about Self-historicisation Across the East
A woman must put herself into the text: a reading day with Suzana Milevska 
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Calvert 22, 10–5pm Free but places are limited. Booking is essential.
Calvert 22′s core research strand continues with a workshop led by independent curator and visual culture theorist Suzana Milevska.  

Studio Visit: Milica Tomić
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Calvert 22, 7pm
Milica Tomić is a founding member of the New Yugoslav art & theory group Grupa Spomenik [Monument Group]. She discusses recent projects related to her core research around political violence, memory and trauma.

Gallery Talk: Catherine Wood
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Calvert 22, 7pm
Catherine Wood, Curator of Contemporary Art & Performance at Tate Modern, discusses Sanja Iveković’s practice and gives a tour of the exhibition at Calvert 22.

Curator’s Talk
Thursday, 7 February 2013
Calvert 22, 7pm
Lina Džuverović discusses the curatorial concepts behind Unknown Heroine and gives a tour of the exhibition at Calvert 22.

Further details on events can be found on our website.

About Calvert 22
Calvert 22 is the UK’s only not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art and culture from Russia, CIS countries and Eastern Europe and presents a dynamic programme of exhibitions, talks and cross-disciplinary events.

The South London Gallery has an international reputation for its programme of free contemporary art exhibitions, artists’ film and live art events, with integrated education projects for children, young people and adults. Five exhibitions each year profile the work of established international and British figures, as well as younger and mid-career artists. 

Visitor Information
Calvert 22
Admission free
Twitter: @Calvert_22
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 12–6pm
Tuesday viewing by appointment only. Closed Monday.
Tube: Old St / Liverpool St
Rail: Shoreditch High St

South London Gallery
Admission free                                                         
Twitter: @SLG_artupdates
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11–6pm, except Wednesday and the last Friday of the month until 9pm.
Closed Monday. 
Tube: Oval then bus 36/436 towards Lewisham/New Cross, or London Bridge then bus 343 to Southampton Way, or Elephant & Castle then bus 171/12.
Rail: Peckham Rye, ten-minute walk to the SLG.
Limited free parking in adjacent side streets.


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