Dina Rončević


Dina Rončević (HR)
Dina Rončević (*1984) is a new media artist and a puppet animator from Croatia who has graduated from the Art Academy in Zagreb. Rončević’ work mostly questions gender positions and often has a performative character. For her graduate work she completed a professional training to be a car mechanic. During this three-year long project (2007–2010) she worked on issues of social identity and gender roles in this masculine dominated socio-cultural niche. Her work has been shown e.g. 2011 at the XV Biennale de la Méditerranée in Thessaloniki (Greece). This year she takes part in an ephemeral group exhibition Simplon Express / the Return on a historic train connection between Zagreb and Paris which was conceived by the curator Ida Biard.
  • Dina Rončević: Grannies, 2012
  • Dina Rončević: Grannies, installation view, 2012 © Wieland Krause

The video Grannies is Dina Rončević director’s debut for which the artist will produce three puppet characters by hand. In the movie trailer-like animated film clip two unconventional ladies will move into a conservative housing community. Their way of life brings their neighbourhood in an uproar. Dea is a textile designer full of creative outburst of colours and energy. Agarta is an out-of-this-world zen human that likes nature and numbers. Together they are confronted with Miss Hablek who is an oldfashioned bourgeoise with a burning desire to tie a wedding knot, with nothing better to do in her life than to watch soap operas. Subject to the conflict is a dowry chest, which arrives on Dea’s address. It represents certain material values for some inhabitants. For others the dowry chest is a possibility of a modern rethinking of property and value traditions. With her manual work on the props and characters of her animated film Rončević will also refer to a craftsmanship traditionally assigned to women. Therefore Rončević will exhibit a selection of handmade dolls next to the projection of the short film.

EMAP/EMARE grants of Dina Rončević