"Floating Garden" exhibition in Kranjčar Gallery

April 22 - May 5 2021
Kaptol 26, Zagreb, Croatia

Curator: Iva Prosoli
"There is a certain event in everyone’s life, which brings about the awareness of the inevitability of the end. It happens unexpectedly and leaves you breathless for a moment. Physically, as a strong punch in a gut – just like that. That event for Maja Strgar Kurečić was her daughter’s eighteenth birthday for which, among other gifts, the young woman received a single rose. The mere look at the rose and, quite surely, the thought that her daughter was growing up, drove Maja to preserve that rose from deterioration, to safeguard its youth. So, without much though Maja froze the rose. It was not until much later that she took it out to photograph it. Other flowers, various plants, branches, and seeds followed. Maja started gathering and examining them to finally photograph them. Similarly, like with her previous series Other Worlds, Maja secluded herself with her “treasure” in the children’s room where she submerged it under water in a simple bowl, the same one she uses for making Sunday lunch. Thus, submerged and illuminated by a desk lamp she began with its transformation. The created images are an ode to the organic, elemental life, as well as an ode to everyday life – not the public one, but quite opposite the most private and intimate one." Iva Prosoli (from the exhibition catalog)
What do you think has become of the young and old men? And what do you think has become of the women and children? They are alive and well somewhere, The smallest sprout shows there is really no death, And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it, And ceas’d the moment life appear’d. All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.
— Walt Whitman, Song of Myself