We are wont to forget that the sun looks on our cultivated fields and on the prairies and forests without distinction. They all reflect and absorb his rays alike, and the former make but a small part of the glorious picture which he beholds in his daily course. In his view the earth is all equally cultivated like a garden. (Henry David Thoreau)
Traversing the Wilderness of Time is a travelogue dedicated to anonymous landscapes, a quest for lost or misplaced fragments of time; it is a visual essay that celebrates imagination, tenderness and warmth as fundamentals of personal and common spaces. It aims to transform the everydayness into poetry, in spite of the gray realities. A rustle of wind in the country… glimmers of light on a lake… the melody of frost or a winter chill.
Perhaps this minimum of sensation serves to soothe the ones who experience it, to calm them and make them focus only on their most delicate levels of perception. By silencing our thoughts, we can finally feel ourselves (Evelina Turković). But maybe this is what scares us most? It appears that self-deception have been missing its target lately, for the uncertainty of modern times is not in the external world, but within us. Although this may seem contradictory, it represents a major turning point. In the manner of Thoreau, it is a conscious movement along the margins of history, where the myths of technological progress and continuous growth are increasingly dispelled. It is an acknowledgement of being lost in the mists of time, but with a resistant sense of lucidity.
Davor Sanvincenti was born in 1979. He is engaged in audiovisual production and visual culture anthropology, with a focus on different states and forms of human sensation and perception. His work spans different media: film and video, photography, light and sound installations and audiovisual performances. He has exhibited his work in numerous international shows, festivals and institutions, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; HfG/ZKM, Karlsruhe; Lincoln Center, New York; Joanneum Museum, Graz; Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Oaxaca; FRAC Pays de la Loire, Nates; NIU, Barcelona; La Triennale, Milano; MSU, Zagreb; Filmoteca Espanola, Madrid; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. He won Radoslav Putar for Young Visual Artists in 2010 and T-HT award at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2008.
Curator: Ksenija Orelj
Photo: Looking over separate distances, mixed media installation, 2014
Support: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia