Alem Korkut was born 8. 10. 1970 in Travnik, Republic
of Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 1991 – 1992 he
studied on Academy of fine arts in Sarajevo. From
1992 – 1997 he studied at the Academy of fine arts in
Zagreb, where he graduated from the sculpture
department in the class of professor Šime Vulas. In
1998 he attended the Summer Academy of Fine Arts
in Salzburg, in a class given by Chihiro Shimotani.
From 2007 He teaches sculpture at the Academy of
Fine Arts in Zagreb as assistant professor.
Member of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists
and the Croatian Association of Free-Lance Artists
since 1998. He has taken part in more than a hundred
collective exhibitions in Croatia and abroad, and put on
more than twenty individual exhibitions. His sculptures
are to be found in public spaces in Croatia and
Germany. He has won a number of prizes and
commendations for his work (the Grand Prix of the
27th Youth Salon; Croatian Artists‘s Association Prize
for the Best Young Artist in 2004; First Prize for a
competition for a monument to fallen defenders in the
Homeland War in Šibenik and Karlovac; Ministiry of
Culture of the Republic of Croatia Prize at the Triennal
of Drawings, 2008).
He lives and works in Zagreb.
In his works, Alem Korkut is researching traditional
methods and possibilities of sculpturing.
Thematically and symbolically, his works are dealing
with representation of forms and processes in
nature through the use of more traditional materials
such as clay, bronze and plaster, but often in combination
with the use of new media. Through the use
of digital images he creates a new reality. By documenting
his own working process he makes the
whole phenomenon of change and dimension of
time a relevant aspect of his art. In ’’Ego Trip“ cycle,
the artist analyses the relativity of the existence,
using clay autoportraits immersed in pools of water
where they are left to decay. More recently,
Korkut has created a series of non-narrative reliefs,
shaped in different materials and reduced in articulation.
The surface of each part simulates a movement
caused by an elementary force of nature,
such as water or wind. In his work, entitled „Dioba“
(„Division“) he uses three parts of the sculpture
in order to record the transformation of sculptural
form. One of the works from his most recent cycle,
in which he once again deals with movement, is
entitled „Nerves“ and presented here for the first
time. Rubber hoses are spread over the exhibiton
place and their movement is controlled by electronic
motors that are turned on by sensors each time
one approaches them – an artist‘s impression of
the nervous system.