Lost Memories From These Days, 2006
video/ dvd One channel video and sound installation
Edition of 5
2011, Biennale of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2009 Dec 3 Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris, FR
2009 Oct 31-Jan 19 Galerie in Situ-Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, FR
2009 Oct 30-Apr 30 Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, IT
2009 Aug 31-Oct 30 Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art, Tirana, ALB
2008 Oct 16-Oct 19 Frieze Art Fair, London, UK
2008 Sep 26-Dec 26 Mucsarnok Kunstahalle Budapest, HU
2008 Sep 1-Oct 17 Art Today Association, Plovdiv, BG
2008 Jul 18-Jan 18 Kunstverein Nurnberg, Nurnberg, DE
2008 Jun 21-Oct 12 Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, US
2008 Apr 5-Jun 16 KunstWerke Berlin, Berlin, DE
2008 Mar 12-Aug 31 Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Sannio, Benevento, IT
2008, These Days, Kunstverein Nurnberg, Nurnberg, Germany
2008, The Violet Hour, Henry Art Gallery, Seatle, US
David Maljkovic's video work 'Lost Memories From These Days' could be interpreted as a sequel to his earlier video work 'These Days' (2005). The video 'Lost Memories From These Days' shows Maljkovic' vision on the recent cultural history of Croatia. The Italian pavilion of the Zagreb Fair, designed by Giuseppe Sambito in 1961, makes up the background of an absurdist spectacle. Just as at presentations of the latest car models young women are posing at attentively positioned cars. But in this picture the models seem extremely bored. Almost in a trance they are hanging listlessly against the dated cars. Raising their head or even standing upright seems to be an impossible task. The young women are symbols of the new generation of Croats, alienated from their cultural heritage.
David Maljkovic: "The return to the site of the former Italian pavilion at the Zagreb Fair was not caused by the feeling that there were still some loose ends, but by the inability to escape the thoughts and feelings brough out during the shooting of its predecessor, These Days. This time I entered the pavilion. The feeling of emptiness was even stronger. I recalled a snap-shot from the 1960s - a vintage car sale - and the attempt to reanimate memory began. The reconstruction adopted its own pace; the cars were set up, the hostesses arrived and it looked like everything was going perfectly well until a strong feeling of the present kicked in. The absence of memory prevailed and at that point everything turned into a lost project.
The anticipation was as great as that in the previous work, only this time it was reflected onto a younger generation. The smiling mode disappeared from the hostesses' faces the moment when the illusion of a better tomorrow vanished from the place that once had been built for that purpose. There was no air in the pavilion; it had simply been sucked out by time, and we were there only for a short while, too short to bring it back. I shared a feeling of anxiety with the exhausted hostesses and reduced motion to a minimum. It seems that the new generation has been stuck in the immobile space between yesterday and tomorrow, and that history without continuity has produced a new standstill and its concealed part - the new victims."
(from: David Maljkovic, Almost Here, exh.cat. Kunstverein in Hamburg, Dumont, 2007, p. 118-119)