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Aleksandra Domanovic
Identity Crisis

September 3 – November 4, 2015
6:00 PM daily until the park closes
High Line Channel 14, 14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street

Aleksandra Domanovic creates sculptures, installations and videos firmly grounded in the material and cultural shifts both affected and documented by the Internet and media culture. For her High Line Art program Identity Crisis, Domanovic screens four video works that provoke questions about collective cultural experiences while also reflecting on the history of the dissolution of her native Yugoslavia and the region’s subsequent crises in cultural identity.

From yu to me  (2013 – 2014) follows the history of the Yugoslavian top-level internet domain .yu, as a way of tracing the evolution of the internet in former Yugoslavia. For the documentary-style work titled Turbo Sculpture (2010 – 2013), Domanovic chronicles the history of a series of public monuments that sprung up across former Yugoslavia after its calamitous civil war (1991 – 2001). In 19:30 (2010/2011), the artist continues her ongoing collection of television news program idents – the brief introductory jingles and animations that identify a station and its program – whose audio tracks she then invites techno DJs to remix. Domanovic’s feature length video Anhedonia (2007) illustrates the soundtrack from Woody Allen’s classic movie Annie Hall with rotating selections of stock video clips from Getty Images, each of which directly references a single fleeting word or phrase from the movie.


Image: Aleksandra Domanovic, Turbo Sculpture, 2010–2013 (still). HD video, color, sound; 20 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin.

Aleksandra Domanovic

Aleksandra Domanovic (b. 1981, SFR Yugoslavia) lives and works in Berlin. Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions have been hosted at Plug in ICA, Winnipeg (2015); Kunstverein Hildesheim, Germany (2014); and Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2014). Notable group exhibitions include L’usage des forms, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York (2015); and Art Post-Internet, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014). Her work has been featured in international biennials including the Shanghai Biennale (2014); 12th Biennale de Lyon (2013); Biennial of Young Artists, Bucharest (2012); and Marrakech Biennale 4th Edition (2012).


High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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