Sanja Iveković is having a well-deserved moment in London. Her first UK retrospective, Unknown Heroine, is currently on display across both South London Gallery and Calvert 22. One of the most respected artists of her generation, the Zagreb-born Iveković is one of the most powerful visual artistic voices for the Eastern European woman.
Unknown Heroine spans forty years of Iveković’s career, and takes influence from events in was some of the most turbulent territory of the twentieth century’s second half. Through collage, film, performance and installation, Iveković’s work confronts attitudes around female identity, consumerism and purported views of recorded history. This exhibition follows recent retrospectives of the artist’s work at Mudam Luxembourg, MoMA New York, and participation at dOCUMENTA (13).
I’ll be honest with you, dear reader. It’s a quiet month for visual art in the city (though by January’s end we’ll be back on the rollercoaster of big-name blockbusters – the likes of which we haven’t seen since, well, October). However, Unknown Heroine makes up for the quietude with a startlingly impressive aesthetic, as well as a having a message that you can take home with you to keep.
Unknown Heroine is at South London Gallery and Calvert 22 until 24 February.