Barbara Knežević works primarily in sculpture and object making, utilising complex formations of objects and moving images, that can be more closely described as sculptural concentrations. These formations are an omnivorous selection of things acting together calling to mind familiar arrangements; film sets, photographic shoots, museum displays, retail displays and other staged arrangements of found and fabricated items. In these sculptural concentrations, items are arranged with attention to, though not always respecting museological conventions that make visible the hierarchies of value in material culture. These concentrated sculptural arrangements aim to distil and amplify the qualities and affect of the objects they display, through repeating and calling attention to texture, colour, opacity, pattern or other haptic, sensual qualities. Barbara Knežević’s work explores the potential for artworks to create affect, produce feeling, to induce wellbeing or to generate emotive and pleasurable states. Her sculptural concentrations produce relayed intra-relations between objects, viewer, and space and propose the potential of artworks as zones for radical joyfulness and pleasure, and as ways to reimagine and reconsider ways of being.
Barbara Knežević is an Australian born artist and educator living and working in Dublin. Her work has been shown internationally in museums, public and private galleries such as Immurement, STATION Gallery Melbourne; The MAC, Belfast; Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin; EKKM, Tallinn; Gallery Augusta, Helsinki; HIAP, Helsinki. She has been commissioned for public art projects such as a sculptural work to commemorate the loss of young lives in the Easter Rising at the GPO Dublin, (2016) a commission for children in Cabra Library, Dublin (2020) and a major per cent for art project called ‘Collective Energy’ at Kingswood Community College, Dublin (2020). Her work features in National and Private Collections such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Arts Council of Ireland.