Damir Očko


With “Studies on Shivering: The Third Degree”, Damir Očko proposes a set of works that enable him to explore different fields of knowledge and experience, in order to create a specific and subjective relation to the world, intertwining both politics and poetics. The questions of the human body and the exploration of the physical realities of the body, as a social or political subject, have been the core of his most recent work. The project conceived for the Pavilion of Croatia expands the poetics of Damir Očko’s last two films, TK (2014) and The Third Degree (2015). Both films question the social constraints imposed on the body as a physical and social being, while inquiring the underlying norms inherent to our societies.


Damir Očko (b. 1977, lives and works in Zagreb) is one of the most prominent Croatian artist of his generation. His videos, films, poetry and works on paper have been exhibited recently in Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin (2014), KM - Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien in Graz (2014), Yvon Lambert gallery in Paris (2013), Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2012), Galleria Tiziana Di Caro in Salerno (2012), and Kunsthalle Dusseldorf (2011). He participated in numerous collective exhibitions with institutions such as MUDAM, Luxembourg, FRAC Le Plateau in Paris, Kunsthalle Wien, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb among others. His works are part of many public and private collections around the world.

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Marc Bembekoff is currently Director of Centre d’art contemporain La Halle des bouchers in Vienne (Isère, France). He previously served as curator at Palais de Tokyo (2011 - 13) and Musée Rodin (2009 - 10), assistant curator at Frac Champagne-Ardenne (2007 - 09) and film assistant curator at Centre Pompidou (1999 - 2003). As an independent curator, he organized numerous exhibitions including projects with the collective Le Bureau/. He has contributed to several monographic publications and exhibition catalogues. Since 2013, he’s been part of the artistic Board of Flag-France Foundation (Paris).








Press contact:
Simone Birač
E: croatian.pavilion.venice@gmail.com
T: +33 (0) 6 12 10 49 41


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Pavilion of Croatia
Palazzo Pisani S. Marina
Cannaregio 6103/A 30 121

May 9 – November 22 2015
Open daily (except Mondays): 10 am – 6 pm


Pavilion of Croatia at the
56th International Art
Exhibition – la Biennale
di Venezia /
Damir Očko
“Studies on Shivering: The
Third Degree”

Marc Bembekoff

Ministry of Culture of
the Republic of Croatia
Berislav Šipuš
Tamara Perišić

Nevena Tudor Perković

Lovro Skoblar

Production manager and coordinator:
Tihana Puc

Production consultant:
Simone Birač

Artist’s Assistant:
Vanja Babić

Film production:
Kreativni Sindikat
Igor Grubić

Graphic design:

AV Technician:
AVinstal, Dejan Čuljat,
Igor Siuc

The project is financed by
the Ministry of Culture of
the Republic of Croatia
Additional support
- “Hrvatska kuća - Croatia
House“ Foundation
- Tiziana Di Caro Gallery,

Special Thanks:
Neven Vranković,
Atlantic Grupa

Jasmina Bavoljak, Branka Benčić,
Ana Dana Beroš, Nada Beroš,
Matija Bošnjaković, Diego Carpentiero,
Maja Cepetić, Ivan Cizelj,
Tiziana Di Caro, Alessia Evangelista,
Feđa Hudina, Jasna Jakšić, Anja Mamić,
Ana-Maria Milčić, Maša Milovac,
Tihomir Milovac, Patrizia Nicolai,
Jan Pavlović, Barbara Španjol Pandelo,
Danilo Zambon, Maja Zeman