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DIS / Inheritance: New Croatian Photography by Don Mengay with Hrvoje Slovenc and Linda Mateljan


February 2019




Dis / Inheritance: New Croatian Photography is available for purchase on Amazon, Bookwire by Bowker, and Ikon Arts Foundation.
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Ikon Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the February 2019 release of  DIS / Inheritance: 
New Croatian Photography

“The Croatian photographers whose works are represented in this volume… bespeak a universal genius. Each has a unique connection to home and a sense of national identity, but at the same time imply a global sensibility, perhaps the mark of an artist. Although young in a relative sense, they all possess a depth of intellect and cultural savvy that only the broadest grounding can provide.” Prof. Don Mengay (PhD).

Dis / Inheritance: New Croatian Photography is a collection of images by nine contemporary Croatian photographers, with grounding in both academic and professional practice, each of whom approach the medium and their subject matter from very different perspectives. Some emphasize formal, aesthetic concerns related to framing, light, and temporality, while others focus on philosophical, political, and psychological themes connected to identity, including gender and nationality. An impressively prolific group, who produce work and exhibit regularly, they have won many awards in Croatia and around the world. The result is a publication that celebrates the rich creativity and diversity of work being produced by Croatian photographers at this moment in time.

Photographers included in the volume: Luka Kedžo, Tanja Deman, Maša Bajc, Petra Mrša, Bojan Mrđenović, Ana Opalić, Nikola Zelmanović, Hrvoje Slovenc, and Davor Konjikušić.

Dis / Inheritance: New Croatian Photography is available for purchase on Amazon, Bookwire by Bowker, and Ikon Arts Foundation.

Croatian Original / Photography 
Hardcover / 9 x 11 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9995615-0-8, $30.00 US/CAN


Donald Mengay is a writer and visual artist working in a variety of media. He has a BA in Psychology (University of Colorado at Denver), an MA in English (University of Denver), and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (New York University). He teaches Literature and Theory at Baruch College, CUNY, and travels extensively speaking about visual arts, gender, identity, and culture.

Hrvoje Slovenc is a Croatian photographer based in New York. He holds MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art (2010). Selected exhibitions include Past is Now, Münchner Stadtmuseum in Munich, Germany; Marble Hill, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia; New Media, Sex, and Culture in the 21st Century, Museum of New Art in Detroit;; and, most recently, Traversing the Past, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Further details can found on his website: www.hrvojeslovenc.com

Linda Mateljan is an insights-driven strategist, creative director, and visual artist, working with brands in the beauty, hospitality, and culture categories. She holds a BFA in Installation Art / Photography (University of Western Australia), BSc in Marketing (Westminster Business School), and MA Culture Marketing (New York University). Her work has been written about in Trendhunter, The Art Newspaper, Dwell, and ELLE Magazine, among others. Further details can found on her website: www.lindamateljan.com