David Maljković (b. 1973) has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Through his installations, sculptures, drawings, videos and photomontages, he explores the uncertainty of the collective memory in relation with the cultural, social and political heritage of former Yugoslavia. Maljković’s particular approach on the scenography of his exhibitions creates a special atmosphere for his detailed research materialized in
Selected exhibitions: The Exhibition is Becoming, VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal (2016, solo); Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); In Low Resolution, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014, solo); Sources in the air, Baltic Art Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2013, solo), Animism, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2012); Sources in the air, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2012, solo); Exhibitions for Secession, Wiener Secession, Vienna (2011, solo); The Present and Presence, Moderna Galerija: Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana (2011); Out of Projection, Museo Reina Sofia,
Madrid (2009, solo).
He has participated in important international exhibitions such as the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016), the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), the 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009), the 29th Sao Paulo Art Biennial (2010) and the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008).
Deeply influenced by modernist aesthetics, David Maljković’s practice combines videos, drawings and installations, with a special interest in the memory of architectural symbols and their social implications. After Giuseppe Sambito takes its name from the work of the eponymous architect who, during the 60s, was in charge of designing the Italian pavilion at the Zagreb Fair. Maljković evokes the tension between the fate and purpose of a building in a state of semi-abandonment, designed as a promise of a better future.