Unintentionally awakening past times, long-forgotten sensations that we carry deep in the subjective mind, is often made possible thanks to our sensory experiences. An object can take us with its shape in an unwanted situation experienced a decade earlier, a taste can remind of the result of someone's culinary imagination, and a touch of soft fabric to the support of a familiar person. Dajana Durić's intention with the exhibition Something More, apart from contemplating the challenging exhibition space and presenting her own artistic creations, is to peek into some forgotten corner of each observer's memory or, using a Proustian term, to find someone's specific madeleine moment. Hand-stitched circular installations of various dimensions, colours and modes of execution fill the exhibition space and offer their own olfactory experiences that will take each visitor to a different spatial-temporal determinant. Diana’s works serve as triggers for associations, a substance that randomly takes you to almost lost moments thanks to sensory stimuli. Each exposed object carries its own specific scent; some contain dried herbs, some are sprayed with a combination of scents, while a few offer only a visual element. The variability of works through different sensory experiences encourages visitors to engage, to playfully search for associations and memories, and thus to reinterpret space. They become active participants who decipher works of art through their own experiences and, by searching for lost times, supplement them with new meanings. Our physical receptors create a link with past events, and round installations become a kind of windows into the past that, like wormholes, allow the dichotomy between the past and the present to be interrupted.


author: Dajana Durić
exhibition: Something More
fotografije: Valerija Djanješić 
tekst: Sara Mikelić 
2nd October 2020 

Dajana Durić was born in 1986 in Rijeka. She completed her Undergraduate studies in Art Pedagogy at Academy of Applied Arts, University of Rijeka, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where in 2012 she received her Master's Degree with the rector's recognition. In the same year she won the Józef Szajna Award under the auspices of the Fund for the Promotion of Creativity - Polish Society of Authors ZAiKS. She has exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions in the country and abroad, of which she singles out: Gallery 90-60-90 Pogon Jedinstvo , Zagreb; Center for Contemporary Art of Montenegro, Podgorica; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Zagreb; Art Gallery, Split; Events Gallery, Zagreb; Alcatraz Gallery, Ljubljana; Gdynia City Museum, Gdynia; Bardzo Biala Gallery, Warsaw; Center for Contemporary Art