Aleksandra Domanovic

Calf Bearer

2 June to 24 September 2017

In her work, Aleksandra Domanović (b. 1981 in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia) takes a probing look at a wide range of phenomena of contemporary society, among them cultural techniques, scientific and technological developments, history and culture, popular culture and the shaping of national and cultural identity. Her work often has its starting point in the examination of the past and present of her home country, the breakup of Yugoslavia after the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the struggle for a new national and cultural identity. Many of her works are thus informed by her own biography, but they also set a universal example of the artistic examination of national and cultural identity, individuality, collective visual memory and commemorative culture. Domanović’s refined, subtle works are precisely conceived narratives, visualised through the use of iconic images or illustrations taken from other contexts.

«Aleksandra Domanović reminds us of how fast society is able to adopt new habits and also ethics by the use and further development of science and technologies.»Rein Wolfs

For her exhibition Calf-Bearer in Bonn, the artist expands on one of her themes – Bulls Without Horns – and looks at current scientific developments in bioengineering, namely research carried out by Alison Van Eenennaam at the University of California in Davis who works on the breeding of certain genetic traits in cattle, for example the lack of horns. The artist not only presents the protagonists of these experiments in colour photographs, she also translates the underlying ideas into sculptures, which she produces by means of computer modelling, 3D printing and casting in synthetic plaster. Made of Corian, her votive stelae are transformed and abstracted depictions of the sixth-century BC Greek sculpture of the Moschophoros (Calf-Bearer) found in1866 on the Acropolis of Athens in the so-called Perserschutt, the bulk of the architectural and votive sculptures destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC.

The rectangular stelae of different colours are anthropomorphised by means of stylised arms and hands, which reference not only the hand of the artist but also the so-called Belgrade Hand, the first articulated hand prosthesis developed in 1963. The figures carry the plaster calves on their shoulders or in their shoulders’ stead.
The artist fuses science and culture of different eras, subtly and poetically questioning not only norms and beauty outside of norms but also structural transformations and their effect on society.

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Admission tickets

Online ticket with a public transport ticket

€4/ €3 (concessions), Family ticket €7.50

School groups enjoy free admission to the exhibition on Fridays (booking necessary)
Happy-Hour-Ticket: 7 € (available two hours before the museum closes; individual visitors only, all exhibitions.) Combined ticket for all exhibitions available. More information

Show bibliography
Illustrations
  1. Aleksandra Domanovic, Bulls Without Horns: Making Of (detail), 2016, Diasec mounted chromogenic print, Edition 1/3courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin © Photo: the artist. Photographer: Aleksandra Domanovic and Spencer LowellAleksandra Domanovic, Bulls Without Horns: Making Of (detail), 2016, Diasec mounted chromogenic print, Edition 1/3, courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin © Photo: the artist. Photographer: Aleksandra Domanovic and Spencer Lowell
  2. Aleksandra Domanovic, Bulls Without Horns: Buri Lying, 2016, Diasec mounted chromogenic print, Edition 1/3courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin © Photo: the artist, Photographer: Aleksandra Domanovic and Spencer LowellAleksandra Domanovic, Bulls Without Horns: Buri Lying (detail), 2016, Diasec mounted chromogenic print, Edition 1/3, Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin © Photo: the artist, Photographer: Aleksandra Domanovic and Spencer Lowell
  3. Aleksandra Domanovic, Bulls Without Horns: Spotigy's Poll, 2016, Diasec mounted chromogenic print, Edition 1/3courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin © Photo: the artist. Photographer: Aleksandra Domanovic and Spencer LowellAleksandra Domanovic, Bulls Without Horns: Spotigy's Poll (detail), 2016, Diasec mounted chromogenic print, Edition 1/3, courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin © Photo: the artist. Photographer: Aleksandra Domanovic and Spencer Lowell
  4. Aleksandra Domanovic, Calf-Bearer, 2017, syntheticplaster, kerrock, plexiglass, and PU foam, 7 unique sculpturescourtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin © Photo: the artistAleksandra Domanovic, Calf-Bearer, 2017, syntheticplaster, kerrock, plexiglass, and PU foam, 7 unique sculptures. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin © Photo: the artist

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