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Border Crossing: Zorica Zafirovska

Opening: Friday, August 19, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: August 19 – August 21, 2016
Hours: Saturday – Sunday from 12pm – 6pm
IDIO Gallery
976 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Curated by Nataša Prljević

The ongoing migrant crisis in Europe raises many questions regarding our ability to empathize and understand the human condition. The voyeuristic mechanisms of social media provide us with a quick mediated experience of loss where our roles oscillate between victim and perpetrator.

Coming from Macedonia (Ex-Yugoslavia), Zorica Zafirovska has been tackling issues of marginality in the context of post-socialism and peripheral capitalism. Her past work has addressed human trafficking, invisibility, and neglect of Roma children in Skopje as well as gender issues in relation to dominant patriarchal values and institutions. Zafirovska brings nuanced and relevant perspectives of a female artist, formed in a dissolved country, now dependent on the institution of the European Union, yet not part of it.

Border Crossing, exhibited at IDIO Gallery, consists of a new video work, drawings, and sculptures through which Zafirovska explores mechanisms of empathy and responsibility in relation to the migrant crisis. The work has been produced during her two-month residency at Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn that she received as the winner of the Biannual Young Visual Artist Award Denes organized by The Contemporary Arts Centre (CAC), Residency Unlimited, New York, and supported from The Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Residency Unlimited is grateful to partner with IDIO Gallery, Brooklyn based contemporary art gallery and performance space that has been focused on experimental work across media with critical engagement.


Zorica Zafirovska is a visual and conceptual artist whose multi-layered practice includes drawing, installation, and design and the use of a variety of materials such as human hair and blood. Zafirovska’s work explores social, scientific and genetic development and consumerism. A major focus is human trafficking worldwide and children from the streets of Skopje, Macedonia. She is a co-founder and member of The Art InstitutFrik Banda and the female artist’s initiation Momi.

In 2016, Zafirovska was awarded the Biannual Young Visual Artist Award Denes organized by The Contemporary Arts Centre (CAC). In 2015, Zafirovska, together with Kristina Bozurska, was awarded the Open Call of Serious Interest Agency (Sia) for young visual artists (curatorial committee: Petra Bischof, Blanca de la Torre, Marta Popivoda and Nebojsha Vilik.

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