Michel Mesarić

1920/2020
audio-video installation, 2021.

Audio-visual art installation is the artist’s illustration of the period in which the city of Rijeka was the epicenter of the world politics, but also an allegory of its contemporary status, due to the proclamation of the city by the European Capital of Culture in 2020. The year 1920 was marked by D’Annunzio ‘s occupation of Rijeka and anti-fascist insistences to gain rule over the city. The dynamism of entangling, conflict and alteration of political and national ideologies are primarily evoked by sound, which is accompanied, emphasized and recreated by the visual aspect of the installation. The visual part of the concept does not work without the auditory basis, while referring to the inability of modern Rijeka and its citizens to survive and progress within dispersed political interests, polyphony of opinions and conflicting political visions. The work was primarily created for Rijeka’s EPK2020 art program as part of the project Seven Faces of the City.

Michel Mesarić graduated in 2017. He earned a master’s degree in media arts from the Academy of Applied Arts of the University of Rijeka. He was awarded the Award of the Academy of Applied Arts, University of Rijeka. Since 2013 he has participated in numerous national and international group exhibitions in Rijeka, Zagreb, Osijek, Rovinj, Split, Nova Gorica, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Berlin, Aachen and Düsseldorf. He held his first solo exhibition Pomak/Shift in 2018 at the Filodrammatica Gallery in Rijeka. Within his artistic interest, he explores the co-relationship between sound and image or manifestation of the soundtrack in visual form.