United Dead Nations is a project of memory in times of post-history. Through a floor installation, Ivan Grubanov will examine ideological, political and cultural terms of nation/state/state of nations, and the process of their creation, rule and disappearance.
This process is symbolically represented through various ritualistic and artistic interventions made on flags of countries, which have, due to political upheavals, stopped existing as such since the founding of the Venice Biennale in 1895: the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867-1918), the Ottoman Empire (1299-1922), Gran Colombia (1819-1930), Tibet (1913-1951), United Arab Republic (1958-1971), South Vietnam (1955-1975), German Democratic Republic (1949-1990), USSR (1922-1991), Czechoslovakia (1918-1992) and Yugoslavia (1918-2003).
By deconstructing the concept of national-state representation, one might instigate a discourse on the meaning of the term nation in post-global age, when the national state retreats before the trans-national and supra-national forms of organizing – conglomerates, political, military and economic alliances which represent huge concentrations of power and influence.
His work has been exhibited in numerous solo, group, and biennial worldwide since 1997 (Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Witte the With in Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and many more), as well as awarded by several artistic and scholarly awards.