Anita Sulimanovic

The Exclusion Zone – Dystopia or utopia?

Kinetic Installation

Jan 11- Feb 15, 2019

Severe events could cause the extinction of all human life on the planet Earth. The age of the Earth is about 4.5 billion years and billions of species have gone extinct throughout our planet’s history. The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.

Anita Sulimanovic, The Exclusion Zone (detail), wooden dollhouse, twigs, tree bark, papier-mâché, plaster, glue, paint, 35” x 25” x 15” (90 x 62 x 40 cm), 2013 

Nature is powerful, it consumes everything. As we can see decades after the nuclear Chernobyl disaster in Eastern Europe, wildlife in that area defies radiation. Even though it contains some of the most contaminated land in the world, it has become a haven for wildlife. The exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station is teeming with life. There may be plutonium in the zone, but there is no herbicide or pesticide, no industry, no traffic, no people. There is nothing to disturb the nature.

Anita Sulimanovic, The Exclusion Zone (detail), wooden dollhouse, twigs, tree bark, papier-mâché, plaster, glue, paint, 35” x 25” x 15” (90 x 62 x 40 cm), 2013 

The nature takes over the abandoned buildings inside the Exclusion Zone. The benefits to wildlife of removing people from the zone have far outweighed any harm from radiation.

Anita Sulimanovic, The Exclusion Zone (detail), wooden dollhouse, twigs, tree bark, papier-mâché, plaster, glue, paint, 35” x 25” x 15” (90 x 62 x 40 cm), 2013 

The site specific installation “The Exclusion Zone – Dystopia or utopia?” is taking place in the unique, confined window space of the Pro Arts Gallery Project Space. The work represents a hypothetical catastrophe (nuclear, tsunami, earthquake, or else caused by global warming or political conflicts) that happened at the site. After some time, nature will take over the space. Eventually, we might ask ourselves whether the scene looks more like a utopian of a dystopian landscape.

Public Programs

Opening Reception

Friday, Jan 11, 6 – 9 PM.


About the Artist

 

Anita Sulimanovic, Photo by Velibor Mandic

 

Anita Sulimanovic is a visual artist known for her site-specific sculptures and installations made with recycled materials and found objects. Born in Croatia, she completed her BFA studies in sculpture at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts during the Yugoslav Wars. In 2002 she moved to Scotland to pursue an MFA in Sculpture at the Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2004. At the time she won the competition to design the “Planet Award” sculpture for the “BBC World Music Awards”. She had solo and group shows in Croatia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, South Korea, the UK, and the US. She uses a broad range of art processes from photography, sculpture, and site-specific art, to performance, video, and sound pieces. The materials she uses are always strictly subordinate to the idea, whether it is socio-political or about the symbolism of organic life. Upon immigrating to the US in 2008, Anita has shown her work in California, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. In 2014 she moved permanently to the San Francisco Bay Area and founded Studio 1.6 Art School where she teaches studio art disciplines and continues her art practice.

www.anitasulimanovic.com

This exhibition is made possible by the Fleishhacker Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.