1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
Raw and Regional is a small series of talks presented by local artists who will expose their research interests and methods in these casual presentations.
Barbara Hobot: Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30pm
“Can an artwork make itself?” Barbara Hobot will unravel this question by examining ancient philosophies of nature, alchemy, and contemporary art practice. Her lecture will also touch on a research trip to Chile where she visited fog-catching nets, and how these objects have potential for political resistance. The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship program administered by the Ontario Arts Council.
Saša Rajšić: Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30pm
To Un-Become is a project based on the artist's recent journey from his first refugee house in Serbia to his former home in Croatia. Saša followed the same route hundreds of thousands of people took during Operation Storm in August 1995. The artist decided to mostly walk not to test his own endurance, but to make room for the environment and the elements to shape the project.
Homes in ruins and their collapsing walls can still be found in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. These images both evoked a stream of suppressed memories and emotions and inspired elaborate visions that would otherwise have remained unprovoked. This journey fused the evidence of war with the artist's own memories, both actual and constructed, creating a visual noise that became his truth during the walk. Saša tasked himself not to merely move between two points, but to temporarily adopt a way of being in which both facts and imagination merged. To Un-Become lurches between historic reminder and hallucination, between a geographical document and unreliable childhood memory, between collective tragedy and personal healing.
Barbara Hobot holds an MFA from Western University and a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo. She has shown her work most recently at AKA Artist Run, Saskatoon; Elora Centre for the Arts; Art Gallery of Windsor, and DNA Artspace, London. Earlier shows were held at Art Mûr, Montreal; Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin; Chiellerie Gallery, Amsterdam; and Weglowa Art Studios, Bialystok. Hobot has participated in artist residencies in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Exhibitions in 2016 include Strong Bonds at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery, a group show at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and a solo exhibition at Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto. She is the recipient of awards from the Ontario Arts Council and numerous academic scholarships. Hobot lives and works in Kitchener and is represented by Olga Korper Gallery.
Saša Rajšić’s practice explores diaspora as a space of possibility in which the hybridity of identity creates an opportunity to see and understand things from multiple viewpoints. His work, therefore, considers the everyday as a space of possibility, in which memory and history collide and create interesting and often paradoxical situations. He is a co-founder of Kolektiva, an artistic network of young Yugoslav-Canadian artists exploring diasporic existence.