Irma Markulin was born in 1982 in Banja Luka. She graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2006, painting department, and she got her master degree in 2010 at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee, mentored by prof. Antje Majewski. She won: 2013 Goldrausch Kunstlerinnenprojekt art IT (art scholarship for international artists); 2011 Elsa – Neumann stipend by The City of Berlin (NaFoG – stipend for promoting art talents); 2008 Ministry of science, Culture And Sports – scholarship for education abroad; 2005 Award of The Chamber of Commerce of Croatia; 2004 Ceepus scholarship – Study trip to The art Academy in Prague and the scholarship by the French Institute in Zagreb – trip to The Photography Biennial in Arles.
2012 …und da gehen einem plötzlich die Augen auf, Gallery M, Marzahn (Berlin); Heimatspuren ( with artist M. Okabayashi) – Projektraum F/K Alte Feuerwache (Berlin); 2010 Adam and Eva, Eva and Adam, Central Evangelistic Forum Stadtmitte (Berlin); Von Helden und Narren, Freispiel Brandshof (Hamburg); 2008 KörperBau, Gallery ACUD (Berlin); 2007 School Classes, Gallery SC (Zagreb); 2003 Lazy, woudering afternoon / photographs by light of Matiss, Mediateque – Institut Français de Zagreb (Zagreb).
2014 Goldrausch 2014, Projektraum am Flutgraben ( Berlin); Heimatspuren/ Traces from Homeland, Gallery 12 HUB (Belgrade); 2013 Curart Popup Berlin – Kunsthaus Bethanien (Berlin); Keep me posted – Morgenstern Foundation for artists e.V. (Berlin); 2012 Licht, Linie, Farbe, Kunst am Spreeknie – Schöneweide (Berlin); Microstories: Context of the contemporary womens artistic practice after the year 2000 – Museum of contemporary art (Banja Luka); 2011 8. Berliner Kunstsalon – Uferhallen Wedding (Berlin); 2010 Test (Biomechanik) – Postgraduate exhibition – Uferhallen Wedding (Berlin); 2009 Mal was Deutsches. Edition 14 Deutschland –HangART 7 i Basis (Wien, Salzburg); 1,2,3 (Masseninszenierungen), Kunsthaus Bethanien (Berlin); 2007 Christmas 2007 – Gallery Vladimir Filakovac (Zagreb); 2006 INTER (aktiv) Dislocated, Gallery SC (Zagreb); Film Igrane, Test 6 Student’s Film Festival – Multimedia Centar SC (Zagreb); Possessive, Test Festival – Gallery SC (Zagreb); Blow up – Galurija, award of Croatian Chamber of Economy (Zagreb).
Traces of Homeland
In realising my ideas I am interested between autobiographical memories and propaganda forms within political dictatorships (1982 – 1999 – 2013). By using huge photographs, partially from my family’s archive, I frame a space as an installation, which evoke experiences from public space and experiences of individuals moving through them, and they question the role of the private and the public. The background of my work is inpired by the country’s history, where towns and cultural monuments are either being adapted to the new regime, or are being totally destroyed, because they are unwanted. Growing up in an environment where the historical facts have been manipulated, the criminals suddenly become heroes, or they are being replaced by newly created ones, I have not become an activist, but rather an artist, who questions political notions of force, freedom and belonging. In that context I deal with the subject of time and identity, and I question my own memories, stolen from me when I was a child.