Recorded Memories

From a Distance, 2012

Paola Orlić: “Death, as the ultimate life experience, conquers literally everything. All the religious dogma that human beings believed in, by which they lived and hoped, the philosophical and spiritual organizations they were led by and comforted and cheered themselves with, they all vanish when confronted with the finiteness, the transience and the fragility of being. Finally, what are those oxymoron faces of living death really saying? What are these living portraits of the long deceased telling us? The long deceased faces are shouting loudly their desire to outlive themselves in their own reflection snatched from eternity, to confirm, even through a ceramic oval, that s/he once existed. Just like s/he was. Right here and right then. That s/he was here just like we now are and that s/he lived his / her life somewhere just like we live ours here, just as we one day will surely and undeniably vanish. Just as the painter Masaccio, upon the Renaissance discovery of a new point of view in the humanistic three dimensional spatial perception of the world, inscribed on a famous tomb of the Holy Trinity in Florence as a ‘memento mori’: IO FU’ GIÀ QUEL CHE VOI SETE, E QUEL CH’I’ SON VOI ANCO SARETE (I once was what now you are and what I am, you shall yet be).”


Hassan Abdelghani
Born in 1965 in Osijek, Croatia; lives in Pula, Croatia

Abdelghani is a photographer and the head of the Galerie Makina in Pula. He grew up in Cairo, studied until 1990 in Copenhagen and founded the private school of photography Global Fotoskole there in 1998. He has organised numerous photographic exhibitions in Croatia and abroad and was the artistic director of the photo gallery Vrata starog grada in Osijek. In 2012 he won the prize for the best artistic concept at the Rovinj Photo Days with From a distance.

Solo exhibitions:
From a Distance, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb, Croatia; Kirsten Kjaer museum, Frostrup, Denmark 2012. From a Distance, MMC Luka, Pula, Croatia; Atelier Kaserngasse, Judenburg, Austria, 2011. Polaroids, Schaumbad, Graz, Austria, 2010

Group exhibitions:
Pad, The museum of contemporary art of Vojvodi, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2012. From a Distance, The museum of contemporary art Istria, Pula, Croatia, 2012. Same Rain, Fine Arts, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2012. Lice vremena, Gallery Kazamat HDLU, Osijek, Croatia, 2008. Kavana ogledala, Gallery Roman Petrović, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008