Milutin Gubash

Artist Profile

Milutin Gubash is pursuing a multidisciplinary art practice combining video, photography, and performance. Using facts from the everyday, historical and philosophical narratives, the artist explores how certain ideas about politics, identity and history can be manhandled. The visual world of Gubash mainly consists of members of his family and friends, often shown in outlandish situations or absorbed in deep thoughts. Thus, the artist poses as director of an unpredictable and uncontrollable daily, sometimes putting himself in his video and photographic works. Gubash does not hesitate to alter reality in order to make it more credible, understandable. The artist exacerbates the issues of memory by deploying a set of family stories that oscillate between reality and fiction, building over time a real serious and amazing saga.  Issues of personal identity and social representations are at the heart of its concerns, and despite the autobiographical nature of certain works, reflexions that underlie the purpose of the artist are universal.

Having immigrated to Canada early, Gubash has continued to build a relationship with his native country, through his parents’ stories of their life in Serbia. Thus, its multidisciplinary practice questions the definition of cultural and artistic authenticity of our identity links. With his works, he tests our understanding of what constitutes a valid subject in the experience of the work. By narrative constructions where fictional objects and facts are confused, the artist reconstructs the beginnings of a social crisis. Gubash cultivates the sham to the point where we can no longer distinguish the real from the imaginary.

Born in Novi Sad, Serbia, 1969, Milutin Gubash lives and works in Montreal. He holds an MFA in photography from Concordia University as well as two bachelor's degrees in photography and philosophy from the University of Calgary.  His work has been widely exhibited throughout Canada, United States and Europe since 2000, at the Manifestation internationale d'art de Québec (2005 et 2010), and at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2007), among others. We have seen his videos in festivals including Les Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin / Madrid (2009). He has won numerous grants and awards, including a grant of long-term Arts Council of Canada (2011-2013). A Canada wide series of unique exhibitions was recently completed, featuring his last ten years of practice at Rodman Hall Art Centre (St. Catharines, Ontario), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa, Ontario), Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (Kitchener, Ontario), Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge, Alberta), Musée d’art de Joliette (Quebec) and the Darling Foundry (Montreal, Quebec). This ambitious series of exhibitions culminated with the publication of a monograph in 2013.

2017La Presse + | Éric Clément
 La photo québécoise part au Mexique | 12 janvier
2016Blouin Art Info | NATHAN RICHARDS
 Milutin Gubash at Galerie Trois Points, Montreal | 22 novembre
2016La Presse + | Éric Clément
 Un automne plein d'audace | 3 septembre
2016Esse | Sylvain Campeau
 Galerie Trois Points, Montréal : Ordinary folk, Milutin Gubash | 13 janvier
2015Magenta Magazine | James D. Campbell
 Exhibition Reviews : Milutin Gubash | 15 septembre
2015Espace art actuel | Chantal T. Paris
 Milutin Gubash: migrer en formation | 15 septembre
2015Espace: Art Actuel n°110 | André-Louis Paré
 Compte-rendu : Milutin Gubash - Catalogue d'expositions | 15 mars
2015Le Devoir | Jérôme Delgado
 Le sceau politique | 17 janvier
2014Montrealistement | Normand Babin
 PAPIER 14 les galeristes montréalais à la rencontre de la ville | 22 avril
2014Esse arts + opinions no80 | Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre
 Séjour temporaire | altération provisoire | 1 janvier
2013Le Devoir | Jérôme Delgado
 Livre – Milutin Gubash | 21 septembre
2013Le Devoir | Marie-Ève Charron
 Tout Milutin Gubash en mode compact | 11 mai
2013Huffington Post | Sylvain Campeau
 Milutin Gubash : Oeuvres à l'abandon! | 7 mai
2013ARTINFO Canada | Joseph Henry
 The Absurdity and Gravity of Milutin Gubash | 3 mai
2012Le Devoir | Jérôme Delgado
 Le leurre efficace de Gubash | 8 décembre
2012Canadian Art | Sandra Dyck
 Family Matters, Slavic Histories & Sitcom Antics Merge in Work of Milutin Gubash | 12 novembre
2012La Presse | Éric Clément
 Milutin Gubash : la quête racinaire | 28 septembre
2012Canadian Art |
 Funny Man Milutin Gubash Mixes Fact and Fiction | 7 septembre
2012Ciel variable no94 | Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre
 Milutin Gubash | 1 mai
2010Area revue)s( no21 | Christian Gattinoni
 Monde cruel | 1 avril
2009ETC no83 | Sylvain Campeau
 Sous le grotesque | 1 juin
2007ETC no79 | Sylvain Campeau
 Un appareil fictionnel | 1 septembre