Tomislav Gotovac

1937 - 2010

Born in Sombor (Serbia), died in Zagreb (Croatia).

Tomislav Gotovac (1937–2010, Serbia/Croatia) emerges with 'Heads' (1960), a series of close-up photographic self-portraits. He continues to produce photographs of himself performing activities that parody or problematise the desires of consumerist society or the manifestations of identity in mass culture, such as the series 'Showing the Elle Magazine' (1962). Gotovac also produces collages, installations and experimental films, and he is famous for introducing performance art and happenings in Yugoslavia. In 'Zagreb I Love You' (1981) he runs naked through the Croatian capital and kisses the ground – perhaps the ultimate embodiment of the irrepressible quest for artistic freedom that marked his career.

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