Insert from the book ‘History of art under construction’ by Sonja Abadjijeva, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje Macedonia. Publisher: Nova Makedonija, no. 2377, pp. 10, 2002
‘…One of Nada Prlja first exhibitions, entitled ‘Walking on the Water According to Dr. Knaipp’ (1996) was exhibited at the Center for Physical Rehabilitation in Skopje, Macedonia. The installation occupied the unusual and somber space of a local hospital for rehabilitation, which as an artist’s strategy, suggested the possibility of using non-gallery environments for exhibitions. Prior to this, in Macedonia, unusual spaces had rarely been used as alternative venues for exhibitions.
She was also one of the first to use media art which was highly undeveloped at that time in the region [first Macedonian cd-rom project ‘Icon on Silver’ (1996)]. Her many solo and group exhibitions have frequently produced influential works of art that have since been referred to and often reflected in the works of other, newer artists in the Southern East Europe region…’
Walking on the Water According to Dr. Knaipp
Site Specific Installation, 4 Nightgowns, 4 eachings, video projection, animation, Single screen video animation, 5:00, colour, loop. 1997
Music: Kokan Dimusevski
Exhibited: Center for Rehabilitation, Skopje, Macedonia.
The third and final room (of the sequence of rooms used for the installation) was completely darkened. On top of the single large water filled basin, a single night-gown appeared to be floating,with the projection of an animation.
The animation consisted of edited photographs of the actual space – the Center for Physical Rehabilitation. These result in a dark and sombre video, accompanied by the sound of an equally ambient sound piece, specially composed for the project by Kokan Dimusevski.
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