The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka

announces an


for artworks

for the exhibition Black Disguises, which after the exhibition Between There and There. The anatomy of temporary migrations (MMSU, 2017) will be held as the second part of the EU project Risk Change.

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The artistic-research project and the exhibition Black Disguises thematises economic migrations as a collective phenomenon, dealing with their causes, incentives, consequences and relationships between migrants and inhabitants on the level of everyday life. The emphasis is on the population as the main object of biopolitics that is constantly under suspicion, surveillance, supervision, which express the migratory processes as the appearance of a state of exception. Led by the ideas of a state of exception, the project focuses upon the theme of excess as the suspension of the legal state and the rule of law. Excess is defined in a broad glossary: by the overstepping of authority, the crossing of a regular border, the violation of a measure or legislation. In doing so, the differences between repression and freedom, militancy and peacefulness, correctness, and corruption and blackmail, become hazy, and the state of exception of everyday practice. With a foothold in social philosophy as well as everyday experience, Black Disguises combine migratory, working and economic issues, focussing on the field of migration as a place of constantly emerging excess.

The exhibition explores the fictitious and physical potentials of conflicting social situations as a catalyst of change. It is attempting to imagine the space outside all spaces, as a possible solution for the newly-created excessive conditions in the wake of excessive mobility. Amongst the key issues, the following stand out:

  • Migrations – for whom are they excessive and in relation to what?
  • Does the controlling of migration and the limitation of excess assume the grasp for repressive measures, the activation of pure violence?

Black Disguises also attempts to divert attention to the suspicious economic-political decisions and the questionable sovereignty in relation to the condition in the labour market. The footholds make renewed discussions about the appropriation of the surplus of work and the enforcement of marketability, then the processes of social stratification conditioned by continuous borrowing and the monopoly of a profit-oriented culture. In doing so, as a fundamental imbalance the inverted relationship between the mobility and reproducibility of capital is emphasised versus the agglomeration of useless surpluses, into which, in the conditions of a deregulated market, the growing masses enter whose mobility has no connection with free choice.

The artworks will be chosen by a five-member jury – MMSU curators Ksenija Orelj, Sabina Salamon, Nataša Šuković, Marina Tkalčić, and Renato Stanković (Cultural studies at the University of Rijeka). The chosen works will be presented in the exhibition, which will be held from 8th December 2017 until 22nd February 2018 in MMSU.

Applications should contain:

  • name, surname, address, telephone number and e-mail address
  • CV
  • a description of the work with accompanying documentation (drawing, photograph, video clip etc.)
  • technical information about the setup of the work

Notes for applicants:

  • individuals and collectives from the area of the Republic of Croatia and the EU, and Third Countries have the right to apply to the public invitation (a Third Country is a country not participating in the Creative Europe Programme. Third Country costs are all expenses relating to citizens of a Third Country, organisations based in a Third Country, activities taking place in a Third Country, or European Partners travelling towards a Third Country. For more information visit: and
  • an artist can apply to the public invitation with one piece of work
  • they can propose new works or existing works created within the last three years
  • they can apply by e-mail at with the subject ‘Black Disguises’
  • the fee for the chosen artist is 3,000 kuna net (regardless of whether it is the work of an artistic collective or individual artist) within which no additional production funds are foreseen; transportation costs of the works are covered, travel expenses and accommodation.

The public invitation is open until 20th September 2017, and notification of the accepted exhibits will be published by 2nd October 2017.

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This project has been co-financed by the European Union within the framework of the Creative Europe programme, Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia and the City of Rijeka. This program reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.