060410: Generali Foundation: Danica Dakic – Role-Taking, Role-Making

Generali Foundation Danica Dakic – Role-Taking, Role-Making 22.01.10 – 16.05.10 Transformation of the migratory In her allegorical video and film work, Danica Dakic, who was born in Sarajevo and grew up in Düsseldorf, examines values and traditions and their aesthetic transformation. The artist presents the conjunction of these moments in her works displayed at the Generali Foundation, whereby the title of the video Role-Taking, Role-Making was eponymous for the exhibition. The reference to the Romany minority in Kosovo, the Roma Theater Pralipe, and the comments of a psychologist, combine reality and fiction on a musical and linguistic level - and thereby not only links to Romany forms of narration, but also to the exaggerated portrayal of characters known from classic dramatic acting. The latter also applies to her video work Tauber Tanz (deaf dance), in which the artist refers to a traditional dance in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Dakic filmed members of a Bosnian dance group in Düsseldorf, all attired in historic theatre costumes, aesthetically charging the video by taking extreme close-ups. In her work El Dorado, which she created for the documenta 12, the artist worked with under-age refugees in Kassel, who reveal their perceptions of life while standing in front of panorama wall paper at the Kassel Wall Paper Museum, emphasizing both their linguistic as well as their body-dynamic features. The actors’ global affinity is shown in a group photo taken in front of the wall paper El Dorado on a public square directly next to a freeway. Mental imaginations merge with everyday reality, resulting from the migratory background of most of the protagonists in Dakic’s work - in which the transformation of customary personal circumstances is the requirement for the further advancement of individual patterns of tradition. By Walter Seidl Generali Foundation 1040 Vienna, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 15 Tel: + 43 1 504 98 80 Fax: + 43 1 504 98 83 http://foundation.generali.at Opening hours: Tue – Fri 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thu 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat and Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Generali Foundation
1040 Wien, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 15
Tel: +43 1 504 98 80, Fax: +43 1 504 98 83
Öffnungszeiten: Di-Fr 11-18, Do 11-20, Sa, So 11-16h

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