Milutin Gubash: All in the Family
Curated by Sandra Dyck
13 February – 22 April 2012
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All in the Family is a ten-year survey of the Serbian-born, Montreal-based artist Milutin Gubash, whose diverse practice is focused on the investigation of his personal, social, and cultural identity. Gubash casts himself (and his family and friends) in his work, using this motley crew to tell stories that blur the real and the fantastic, art and everyday life, fact and fiction, and the past and present.
The exhibition is anchored by several major projects including Which Way to the Bastille?, which recounts the story of his father’s life in, and escape from, communist Yugoslavia. The video These Paintings (2010) and related abstract “paintings” both explore the viability of abstraction, and the life of the artist, under Communism. The hilarious Born Rich, Getting Poorer is a sitcom-style video series (complete with laugh track) starring Gubash as himself, the Buster Keatonish everyman who embarks on a hapless search for home, and for roots, after the recent death of his father.
A publication is planned in collaboration with Rodman Hall Art Centre, Musée d’art de Joliette, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.