The catalogue is published on the occasion of the artist’s first institutional exhibition “Unlimited Hate,” which was shown at Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien in summer 2016.
For her first institutional solo, Darja Bajagić (born 1990 in Montenegro, lives in New York) turns to the murky terrain where real and staged violence bleeds one into the other with an ease that is both unsettling and inexorably alluring. This has been a key undercurrent in a practice that to date spans painting, sculpture, video and installation. Heeding the lure of the fringes, the artist culls her imagery from fan-gore magazines, true crime TV shows, fetish websites, obscure on-line forums and hidden chatrooms tucked away in the darker reaches of the Web. She handles these disparate source materials with a dose of humor, working them into densely layered compositions that are at once confrontational and poetically fragile. Through these, she explores laden questions of embodiment, viewership and visual power relationships—all the while interrogating our driving need to make images accountable.
This publication, published by Sternberg Press in Berlin, contains comprehensive essays by Alissa Bennett, Franklin Melendez and Natalia Sielewicz.