Through his artistic practice, Ivan Šuković analyzes the meaning and processes of memory in attempts to re-establish closeness with something distant or lost in time and absent in material space. For this purpose, he uses archival material as a potential source for the possible identification of multilayered temporal and spatial relations, ie the discovery of their many possible and inconsistent meanings. Thus, the backbone and basic narrative, which breaks and connects all his works, becomes a family photo archive, which, thanks to memory, becomes a potential creative system, within which the artist discovers and (re) constructs implicit and hidden dispositions. Like an archaeologist, he digs up and discovers personal “small” histories, intimate episodes and geographical topos, which are nothing but a potential system of resonances, strings, which flicker before us with a willing, intentional memory.
Ivan Šuković (1981, Podgorica) graduated in literature at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Montenegro, and postgraduate studies at the University of Arts in Belgrade, where he received his master’s degree from the Department of Digital Arts and New Media and his doctorate from the Department of Multimedia Arts. He studied at the International School of the University of Oslo in Norway in 2009. In the period from 2011 to 2021, he had several solo exhibitions, while with group exhibitions, except in the countries of the region, he presented his work in Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and Italy. Participant in the “Takt” project, residence in Berlin, for 2013 and finalist of the “Milchik” award for 2019. He is the representative of Montenegro at the 59th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2022.