acrylic paint and UV print on canvas
166.7 × 165.1 cm
Inv. No. 0371
The title Nihil Obstat is indicative of Darja Bajagić’s work with the moral judgments, censorship and limits of endurance. As the artist herself describes her process: “[…] in today’s society, drowning in excess information, the urge to over-define everything has resulted in the vapidness of meaning. I explore this in my artworks. At the same time, in this mirroring they resist assimilability through collage - putting together things that may not have anything in common. So yes, in the end the not-knowing is vital.”1 Her works are challenging in that they confront the observer with violent tales and extreme political events.
In her first comprehensive exhibition GORGEOUS (2020), her practice was described in a suitably drastic way as “born in the autopsy of the Greenbergian cadaver.”2 In her examination of polar opposites she reveals similarities that many don’t want to see.
Nihil Obstat is a phrase taken from the Roman Catholic Church that serves as a kind of seal of content purity for a book. The gesture of granting this seal, shows the inherent criticism of existing doctrines that Bajagić exercises in her art.
Hans Ulrich Obrist, 2021 (translation: Virginia Dellenbaugh)