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Sanja Medic

When The Tide is Low and The Noon is High

With the work Sanja Medic made for PMCA, she responds to the two-sided nature of this space. On the one hand, this is an interior to scale, but at the same time it also functions as a shop window. The black glass objects that Medic has placed in it are equally ambiguous. They are enigmatic, refusing to be smartphones, trying to define their place floating through this space. The wallpaper on the walls, on the other hand, implies a spatial extent without indicating a precise scale, leaving this determination unresolved. This leaves the filling in of the blue void, the meaning of the objects and the dimension in which both are situated to the viewer.
Medic likes to work site specific. She produces large spatial works – both temporary installations and permanent projects in public space Free Fall, video projection in the Parliament building in The Hague. De Reiziger, the interior for the waiting room of the train station in the town of Breukelen and De Batavier, a ceramic facade in the Amsterdam Libary.
In addition to her large-scale works, Medic makes autonomous work in the form of objects, collages and photographs. In her diverse practice dedicated to both the physical and the ephemeral, Sanja Medic seeks to unveil how we perceive and experience space. Based on her interest in light and how light relates to space and its various dimensions, Medic has recently started working with glass as her main material. In the series Archetypes & Prototypes she investigates the portal capacities of objects, based on our obsessive relationship to digital technologies. This series of laptop, desktop and smartphone-like objects tests our perception of what is physical and what is virtual. Medic plays with the shifting of our frames of reference and explores the tension between aesthetics, functionality and our expectations of digital devices.
Sanja Medić (Belgrade, 1974) is a Serbian/Dutch artist living and working in Amsterdam. In 1999 she graduated from the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague, followed by a master’s degree in painting from the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, in 2001. In 2002 and 2004 Medic was a resident of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Complementing her artistic practice, she has been teaching sculpture at the Royal Academy in The Hague since 2018.
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