ESC final-01
editions of solidarity & care
in collaboration with the Museum der Moderne Salzburg
and Hatje Cantz

present
Jasmina Cibic
Political Decadence

1 – 7 July 2022

Open daily 11.00 – 18.00 and by appointment
(closed on Monday)
Exhibition opening and book launch,
in presence of Jasmina Cibic, Hana Ostan Ožbolt
and Marijana Schneider.

Thursday, 30 June 2022, 19.00

DIT. Gallery, Schleifmühlgasse 1, 1040 Wien

ESC final-01
editions of solidarity & care
in collaboration with the Museum der Moderne Salzburg
and Hatje Cantz

present
Jasmina Cibic
Political Decadence

1 – 7 July 2022

Open daily 11.00 – 18.00 and by appointment
(closed on Monday)
Exhibition opening and book launch,
in presence of Jasmina Cibic, Hana Ostan Ožbolt
and Marijana Schneider.

Thursday, 30 June 2022, 19.00

DIT. Gallery, Schleifmühlgasse 1, 1040 Wien

ESC final-01
editions of solidarity & care
in collaboration with the Museum der Moderne Salzburg
and Hatje Cantz

present
Jasmina Cibic
Political Decadence

1 – 7 July 2022

Open daily 11.00 – 18.00 and by appointment
(closed on Monday)
Exhibition opening and book launch,
in presence of Jasmina Cibic, Hana Ostan Ožbolt
and Marijana Schneider.

Thursday, 30 June 2022, 19.00

DIT. Gallery, Schleifmühlgasse 1, 1040 Wien

ESC final-01

editions of solidarity & care
in collaboration with the Museum der Moderne Salzburg
and Hatje Cantz

present

Jasmina Cibic
Political Decadence

1 – 7 July 2022

Open daily 11.00 – 18.00 and by appointment
(closed on Monday)
Exhibition opening and book launch,
in presence of Jasmina Cibic, Hana Ostan Ožbolt
and Marijana Schneider.

Thursday, 30 June 2022, 19.00

DIT. Gallery, Schleifmühlgasse 1, 1040 Wien

ESC final-01

editions of solidarity & care
in collaboration with the Museum der Moderne Salzburg
and Hatje Cantz

present

Jasmina Cibic
Political Decadence

1 – 7 July 2022

Open daily 11.00 – 18.00 and by appointment
(closed on Monday)
Exhibition opening and book launch,
in presence of Jasmina Cibic, Hana Ostan Ožbolt
and Marijana Schneider.

Thursday, 30 June 2022, 19.00

DIT. Gallery, Schleifmühlgasse 1, 1040 Wien

Jasmina Cibic, Political Decadence, Solo exhibition

editions of solidarity & care is a platform dedicated to the production, presentation and promotion of editions. Founded by Nevena Janković, Strahinja Spasić and Vanja Žanko in 2022, the project marks a shared commitment for the long-term support of art which investigates political systems and spheres of soft power. It celebrates unique talent, sustainable practices and the mindful fostering of artistic careers. While hosting exhibitions and events, editions of solidarity & care will function as a growing knowledge base, wherein explorations of the interplay between the cultural sector and socioeconomic structures can be utilized to make a truly interdisciplinary impact on social equity, climate change and cultural policy.

Inspired by the artists it presents, the programme seeks to build novel and flexible architectures for collaboration and cross-disciplinary exchange. Foregrounding
co-production and creativity as the bedrock of worldbuilding, the platform is dedicated to nourishing participation and engagement. This is reflected in the surrounding network of editions of solidarity & care, consisting of museums, galleries, fairs and collections. Our vision is to act sustainably and conscientiously across a wide range of creative communities, thus experimenting with alternate working models and formats that help build truly radical environmental and equitable futures.

Each artistic presentation is made in adjacence to a local major solo exhibition by the artist in question, bridging the boundaries between traditional institutions and cutting edge project spaces and instead viewing the cityscape as a possible cosmos of collaboration. We are proud to announce the first show in this format to be with celebrated artist Jasmina Cibic, which will follow her solo show and collaboration with the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.

Representing this spirit is DIT. gallery space (Schleifmühlgasse 1, 1040 Vienna). Founded by Tanya van Breda Vriesman in 2022, it is a site which raises awareness for creativity as a form of tangible hope. By developing intimate exhibitions, talks and gatherings, it signifies a vital node in the Vienna art landscape, bringing together diverse communities in close-knit exchanges built on mutual care and solidarity in the face of uncertain conditions.

The work of London-based artist and filmmaker Jasmina Cibic (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1979) champions the critical examination of nation-building and the mechanisms of soft power. The concept of soft power refers to the indirect exercise of political influence enacted by one state or actor upon another. In the mediation of such actions, culture serves as a foundational tool for the self-preservation of national identities and histories, as well as private mythologies and public storytelling. In her research, Cibic decodes these systems of influence where they have been exerted upon the arts by seeking out artworks, architectures, and music which express political agendas and nationalist rhetorics. Tracing these material aftermaths of conflict, Cibic’s archival inquiries are then translated into immersive artistic manifestations that include photography, performance, installations and film. An exceptional voice in the contemporary art scene, Jasmina Cibic with utmost sensitivity and historical awareness confronts the ambivalence and complicity of culture in the flawed construction of political utopias and ideologies.

Book launch in collaboration with the Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Hatje Cantz

The publication Jasmina Cibic: Most Favoured Nation expands on the artist’s presentation at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg (March 5 – June 12, 2022). Her first solo exhibition in Austria, the title alludes to the ‘most-favored-nation’ principle, which in international trade agreements is intended to grant equal conditions to all participating member states. Cibic uses this principle as a thought tool and lens through which the currency of the ‘European idea’ can be examined. Contrasted against the present rise of right-wing populism in Europe, Cibic’s practice maps the complex entanglement between economic and cultural production.

The essay by the exhibition curator Marijana Schneider offers a deeper reading of the enveloping architectural concept, developed by the artist in the tradition of the European debating salon, which in her multimedia oeuvre explores how culture has been used to promote political directions of (trans)national identity.

Maja and Reuben Fowkes focus on Cibic’s filmography, wherein the artist’s interest in the notion of a Gesamtkunstwerk is utilised to express artistic, historical and philosophical concerns. Often set against a backdrop of modern architectural masterpieces, the films illuminate Cibic’s singular ability to weave together and make acute contemporary parallels between the affectivity of political discourses and cultural diplomacy.

Tevž Logar interviews Jasmina Cibic, using as a starting point their first collaboration–the exhibition For Our Economy and Culture, the Slovenian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial. The conversation delves into how Cibic’s conceptual interests and formal developments evolved within a specific set of geopolitical relations which occurred within a post-Yugoslav space.

Jasmina Cibic: Most Favoured Nation
Edited by Thorsten Sadowsky for the Museum der Moderne Salzburg Texts by Maja and Reuben Fowkes and Marijana Schneider,
with an interview of Jasmina Cibic by Tevž Logar
Designed by Rafaela Dražić
Hard cover, bound in linen, 16.5 x 23.5 cm
168 pages
Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2022
ISBN: 978-3-7757-5238-1

The publication is supported by SKICA – Slovenian Cultural and Information Centre.

Program directors: Nevena Janković, Strahinja Spasić, Vanja Žanko
In collaboration with: Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Hatje Cantz 
Supported by: BLOCKFREI, LEMIS MÖBEL, NOMAD

Jasmina Cibic is a film, installation and performance artist who lives and works in London. She represented Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013. Her solo exhibitions include: Museum der Moderne Salzburg, macLyon, Museum Sztuki Lodz, MSUM Ljubljana, CCA Glasgow, Phi Foundation Montreal, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Aarhus 2017, Esker Foundation Calgary, MSU Zagreb, MOCA Belgrade and Ludwig Museum Budapest. Cibic was the winner of the Film London Jarman Award (2021), B3 Biennial of the Moving Image Award (2020), MAC International Ulster Bank and Charlottenborg Fonden awards (2016). Her upcoming solo shows include the High Line New York and Dunedin Public Art Gallery NZ.

Hana Ostan Ožbolt is a freelance curator, writer and director of the Ulay Foundation. In the last years she has worked for and with a number of international institutions, including Stedelijk Museum, De Appel, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Aksioma–Institute for Contemporary Art, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, König Galerie, Richard Saltoun Gallery and Moderna galerija. A selection of recent curatorial projects include: BODY ECSTATIC BODY ECLECTIC BODY ECCENTRIC (Ulay Foundation Project Space, 2021); ULAY WAS HERE (Stedelijk Museum, 2021, co-curated together with Hripsimé Visser and Rein Wolfs); Double Wall of Silence (Škuc Gallery/Hestia Belgrade, 2019/2020, cocurated together with Anja Obradović); and Driton Selmani: Places We Leave Behind (Slovene Writers’ Association, 2019). From October 2021, Ostan Ožbolt is a PhD Candidate at Universität für angewandte Kunst, Die Angewandte in Vienna.

Marijana Schneider is assistant curator for contemporary art at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, where she curated the exhibition Jasmina Cibic. Most Favoured Nation. She co-curated the retrospective Yinka Shonibare CBE. End of Empire and the mid-career retrospective Fiona Tan. Mit der anderen Hand / With the other hand. For the museum, she also curated group exhibitions with the Generali Foundation Collection and worked with artists like Anna Boghiguian and Marisa Merz amongst many others. She also advises the director for acquisitions of emerging artists. The art historian began her career at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, as assistant to the head of collections.

Nevena Janković is a cultural producer based in Vienna, with experience in managing cultural organisations and curatorial programs. Upon completion of her BA studies at the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, she gained an MA degree in Cultural Policy and Cultural Management at The University of Arts in Belgrade. She is co-founder and director of BLOCKFREI association that was established in Vienna in 2013. For over ten years she has been working in the cultural non-profit sector, building her international community and creating cooperation and exchange projects in the field of contemporary art. Some examples of international cooperation and exchange are the projects such as the Curators’ Agenda – annual curatorial residency program, Art Weekend Belgrade, and The New Scene of Ukraine, among others.

Strahinja Spasić is an entrepreneur based in Vienna, with experience in managing archeological, arts and design projects. He has BBA degree from IFAM University, Paris and finished BA studies in Archaeology and MA in Managing Archaeological Sites in UCL, London. Participated in a number of archaeological and anthropological projects in Britain, Belize, Australia and Serbia. Founder of REACH organisation, Belgrade, with which he carried out projects in the field of culture and education. Co-founder of BLOCKFREI, Vienna, a platform for innovative cultural and art praxis. CEO of the company Lemis, Vienna, which is active in marketing and distribution of a number of medical and pharmaceutical brands. Lemis Möbel part of the company has been established in 2019 and is active in promotion and sales of design furniture.

Vanja Žanko is a cultural manager and curator based in Berlin and Vienna, with experience managing exhibition spaces, cultural organisations and artist studios. She founded NOMAD in Zagreb to support the careers of visual artists from Central and Southern Europe, namely Yane Calovski & Hristina Ivanoska, Jasmina Cibic, Kristian Kožul, Lovro Artuković, Tarwuk, and Zlatan Vehabović. For the last 6 years, she has focused on working with artist Olafur Eliasson as his right-hand person, leading to collaborations with institutions such as Tate Modern London, Kunsthaus Zürich, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Camera Austria Graz, and the Venice Biennial. Philanthropic foundations include the Lauba Foundation Zagreb, Adris Foundation, Fondation Beyeler, and the Bloomberg Philanthropies.