Gesture in public Space: Lipa

Artist: Nika Rukavina

Day and time: Saturday, 7th of October 2017, Memorial Centre Lipa Remembers // beginning at  12:00

Event: Art intervention by Nika Rukavina and presentation of the workshop “A silent manifesto” by the students of the Civil Engineering School from Rijeka

Name of the Event: THE LINE

Complete address:  Lipa 35, 51 214 Šapjane, Croatia,14.3044679,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x7ede0333c0cc64c1?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwity5P_28zWAhVBOBQKHS5qCPQQ_BIIfTAO

Cooperation: Civil Engineering School from Rijeka (teacher Asja Rukavina Bikić), Memorijal Centre Lipa Remembers (curator Vana Gović)


Viviana Srdoč / Nina Višnjić / Lea Superina / Nina Ogrinc / Sara Kurnoga / Maja Malnar / Martina Dorić


Jelena Tondini / Miljenka Matić / Nataša Czerny / Antonija Stojanović Almesberger / Ivana Kenji / Josipa Cvelić / Dunja Tišma

Photos: Xenos

Curatorial Observations:

On April 30, 1944 croatian village of Lipa was a place of great suffering. Nazis and the Fascists killed 269 inhabitants, mostly woman, children and elderly, and burnt the whole village to the ground. Seventy-three years later, on October 7, 2017 village of Lipa is shining with a different glow. During all those years, four generations of survivors have rebuilt the village and kept the memory alive. They have opened a Memorial Centre and preserved ruins surrounding it as places of remembrance. Those ruins are materialized traces of their heavy heritage. With the absence of  physical integrity and domination of emptiness, ruins became a strong metaphor and a medium of communicating human loss. People form Lipa are constantly asking themselves how is that absence  forming part of their existance today. They tried to find an answer by working together with the contemporary artist Nika Rukavina and creating a spatial intervention situated in the preserved ruins – called “The Line”. By using golden colour, Nika Rukavina perfomed as an alchemistis  – “healing” the ruin and evoking a longlasting and painstaking process of regeneration, of mourning and restoration of village. At the same time, Nikas instalation acts as a reminder that those processes are still present within the community of Lipa.

Vana Gović