Untitled (Archive ST3: Military Hospital) is the continuation of the project Untitled (Archive ST3) that was started in 2015. Focus of the project lies in the re-contextualization of the 1960s architecture – in this case, of the former Military Hospital in Split. At the time of its construction, it was very advanced in its equipment, as well as to its approach to architecture and design.

The wall works are hybrids at the intersection between photography, relief and object. It consists of the digital prints of an archival photographs of the hospital’s exterior taken in 1965, prior to the hospital’s inauguration. Each print is mounted on aluminum board and form a background for industrial filters for color correction that have been fixed to the photographs with fluorescent light tubes.

The print for the large wall work is mounted on the wall and forms a background for the construction of fluorescent tubes. The tubes form an isometric drawing that accentuates the constructivist roots of modernism.

The memory of the represented space is enhanced by the introduction of old bactericidal lamps and scrapped beds taken from the same hospital. With the form of a large installation structure made of iron beds, modernist elements of the architecture of the hospital’s main building are cited. The objects of utility themselves – as carriers of memory – are almost completely anonymized through the geometry of the verticals and horizontals of the newly created architecture.

The work questions the position of personal and social memory in relation to the heritage of modernist architecture.

The works were produced for the solo exhibition Split Archives at the C24 Gallery, New York, USA in 2018.
2017
Untitled (Archive ST3: Military Hospital)

1-10
archival prints on paper mounted on aluminum boards, fluorescent light tubes, electrical fittings, colour correction filters
each print 120 x 120 cm
archival photographs: City Museum of Split, Collection of Photographs (photographer: Ante Roca)

12-13
archival prints on paper mounted on aluminum boards, used medicinal bactericidal lamps / fluorescent light tubes, colour correction filters
height 205 cm
archival photographs: City Museum of Split, Collection of Photographs (photographer: Ante Roca)

14
used hospital beds, fluorescent light tubes
height 585 cm

15
digital print on paper, fluorescent light tubes, electrical fittings, 300 x 340 x 5 cm
archival photograph: City Museum of Split, Collection of Photographs (photographer: Ante Roca)



provenance:
10th HT Award for Contemporary Croatian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia (March 10 – April 9, 2017)
Architecture in Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia (July 11 – August 27, 2017)
12th Contemporary Istanbul, Booth A1-121 / C24 Gallery, Lütfi Kırdar ICEC Rumeli Hall and Istanbul Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey (September 14-17, 2017)
Untitled (Archive ST3: Military Hospital), MSU Gallery – Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia (October 20 – November 5, 2017)
Untitled (Archive ST3: Military Hospital), Gallery of Multimedia Cultural Centre Split, Croatia (November 16 – December 5, 2017)
Split Archives, C24 Gallery, New York, USA (March 6 – April 21, 2018)



installation views:
Untitled (Archive ST3: Military Hospital), MSU Gallery – Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia (October 20 – November 5, 2017)
Untitled (Archive ST3: Military Hospital), Gallery of Multimedia Cultural Centre Split, Croatia (November 16 – December 5, 2017)
Split Archives, C24 Gallery, New York, USA (March 6 – April 21, 2018)



photo credits:
Ana Opalić (Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb)
Darko Škrobonja (Multimedia Cultural Centre, Split)