Kristian Kozul

Kristian Kožul makes use of techniques based on Croatian handicraft traditions such as embroidery, lace making and beading - alongside kitsch traditions based on industrially produced ornaments. The works Wheelchair I and Crutch belong to a series called "Discoware," which includes objects associated with nursing, paralysis, violence and pain; inset with mirrors and beads, they become desirable and glamorous accessories. Kožul's strategic use of black, harrowing humor - which blurs the boundaries between attraction and repulsion, seduction and terror - transforms objects associated with disabilities and imperfection into fetishistic consumer objects. His works reflect an anxiety about terrorism in the age of globalization, as well as a critique of post-socialist Croatian society and its attraction to vulgar kitsch in a commodified world.

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