Personal narrative and public history
Neli Ružić concentrates her entire body of work around issues of overlapping personal and collective, remembering and forgetting, in the context of migration and transition id/entities.
Exhibition of Neli Ružić titled Time lapsus is her first solo exhibition in Croatia after returning from Mexico, after having been there for more than a decade, and includes works from the period before leaving to after retur. Neli concentrates her entire body of work around issues of overlapping personal and collective, remembering and forgetting, in the context of migration and transition id/entities.
"In parallel to a larger scale of this great historical narrative, the author tells the story of her own history, and not only of the matrilineal, but also of the diagonal history (of women) in the family. She appears in the role of a narrator who compares the personal with the spaces personal is brought into, the same as an individual, personal narrative is brought into the published, well-known and public history, which will inevitably both contaminate it and compel it to a new memory", writes Ana Peraica in the exhibition catalogue.
Exhibition at Institute for Contemporary Art in Zagreb remains open from November 20 until December 10.
Neli Ružić (1966, Split), graduated in painting from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade (1990), and completed MA studies at the Facultad de Artes, UAEM, Mexico (2013). She participates actively in the Croatian art scene to the end of the 90ies when she moves to Mexico where she works as an university professor. Her works are part of collections of contemporary art Gallery Marino Cettina; Canal Mediateca Caixa Forum, Barcelona; Museo de mujeres, Mexico, and were shown in TV series Lucida, Latin video, Centro de Investigación en Artes Electrónicas de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 2013, she teaches at the School of Fine Arts, Split, where she is also a Head of the Gallery School.