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Ivan Grubanov

Press release

Ivan Grubanov  - The Return of the National

In his recent series of paintings, Grubanov explores the concept of nation and its contemporary references. A native of the former Yugoslavia who grew up in the midst of a civil war inspired by nationalism, Grubanov relentlessly investigates the link between nationals and their methods of identification. Using various national slogans as a starting point, he has them embroidered on a piece of canvas and then paints over them, at once changing their meaning and prompting alternative readings. Covered and highlighted, the national slogans are simultaneously derogated and celebrated through the painting process.