© Pavle Pavlović

Hrvatsko društvo likovnih umjetnika
Trg žrtava fašizma 16, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Pavle Pavlović: Sigurni rizici
13.1.2017 – 22.1.2017

Exhibition Curator: Vladimir Čajkovac

“In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.”, said President Nixon on the occasion of the Apollo 11 crew landing on the moon in July 1969. The conquest of the moon, an event of potential historical significance and iconic images it produced are imprinted onto the collective memory of the twentieth century. However, the landing celebrated in his speech never happened. This assertion does not refer to numerous conspiracy theories that have disputed this event from the very beginning and even attributed the memorable scenes to Stanley Kubrick’s directing, among others. These are President Nixon’s statements from the speech prepared in case of the mission’s failure. Parallel protocol in case of emergency includes a personal phone call to the widows of the written offs, short and dignified address to the nation and a ritual closing down communication with the stranded astronauts. In the absence of something more appropriate, priest’s blessing would also follow these maritime metaphors, and along with following the ritual of burial at sea, he would recommend their souls “to the deepest of the deep”...