Yane Calovski’s artistic practice is research-based and interdisciplinary. He is interested in reactivating and linking existing, inconclusive modernist narratives, and how these, as evocations, can stimulate a new critical imagination. His perception of a subject is almost always relational and contextual. Visually, he articulates his work by examining the discursive traces in archives that emerge from the absorption and assimilation of information. The non linearity of collective memory informs his practice as he researches and conducts fieldwork over long periods of time. He assembles found materials from various archives, questioning how history is practiced, produced, presented and consumed. Through writing, drawing, video and installations, he processes information, actions and the remnants of previous research, embodying both elusive and concrete themes that sometimes overlap, then reappear. This methodology results in works that demarcate the installation concept towards architectural constructions informed by the spatial and contextual specificity of the site, the visual value of the material and the conceptual elasticity of the form.
Calovski has participated in numerous group shows, including exhibitions at the MAXXI (2021), Guangdong Museum of Art (2017), Pera Museum, (2016), Malmö Konstmuseum (2015), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, (2015), Kunsthalle Bregenz (2013), Kunsthallen Brands (2006), Arcadia University Art Gallery (2004), CAC Vilnius (2003), Drawing Center (1998), as well as the 39th EVA International Biennial (2020), Helsinki Photography Biennial (2014), Qalandiya International VII: FRACTURES (2014), 2nd Biennial D-0 ARK Underground (2012), Manifesta 7 (2008), and Manifesta 3 (2000). His site-specific installations have featured as part of Archives and Reality at Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden (2019), All Mounds Can Be Seen From My Window at Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow (2016), and Haushalten, at the Stiftung Bauhaus, Dessau (2015). Calovski’s works are part of public and private collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Deutsche Bank Collection, Zorlu Art Collection, Bunkier Sztuki, National Gallery of Macedonia in Skopje, Art Telekom Collection, and others. Calovski lives and works in Skopje and Berlin.