Sergej Vutuc,
born in Doboj (BiH) in 1979 was raised in Zagreb (HR), Heilbronn (DE) and currently lives and works in Heilbronn (DE).


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Vutuc makes his own prints putting garbage between the light and the paper, scratching and interfering with the image. Just as the images themselves, many of the dilapidated buildings depicted bear scrapes, scratches and wheel traces; signs that the structures have been put into „good use,“ appropriated and re-invented by skateboarders.
Since the mid 1990s Vutuc has been engaged in the punk and skateboarding community and the aesthetics and philosophies of these DIY-cultures have granted his work a distinct character. Skateboarding is an undenia- ble part of all this, but the board here might better be understood as a vehicle, than a sporting tool or past time.
Vutuc’s work reaffirms that the skateboarder is not a detached voyeur of urban modernity. He has to constantly engage with his environment, re-invent and make new use out of it. His gaze, like Vutuc’s, is a nomadic one. It is always searching for things that are usable, beautiful or just plain fun, things he can invest himself in. These fragments become the raw material for stories the „mouth can never say,“ stories privileged for the eye.
There is seldom anything monumental or grandiose in Vutuc’s photographs. Just as in the skateboard pictures, his focus is directed on the small things surrounding him. The events he documents are therefore never the flamboyant stunts or the loud and dramatic „big moments.“ They are deeply affirmative and at the core of this sub-cultural scene from which his work grew. It is this realization that whatever you have grown up with, isn’t something you are stuck with. Every situation, like the city itself, is adaptable.
Galerie Michael Janssen

The work of Sergej Vutuc is about observing the development of the modern society; a privatization of the public space and conquering the nature with concrete, on one side, and the natural human urge to expand one’s consciousness, to be in between, to exist playfully and live through imagination, on the other side. Skateboard culture is just one of many contemporary social subcultures whose philosophy is based on the aspiration for playfulness and urge to use the open space in the context of freedom of expression. Sergej researches this phenomenon and participates in it through his position of the modern nomad, whose radius of movement includes specific places such as Fukushima, Detroit, Israel and Palestine, strong symbols of on going human mistakes and wrong directions in social and economic development. Through his work, he grasps a surreal feeling of a new or parallel existence, and, even though it can sound utopian, moments of the shift of perception in the human and the society in general.
Dunja Jankovic, Skver

Tate Library and Archive, London, UK
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
MoMA Art Book Library — New York, USA
International Center of Photography - Library, New York, USA
Flaxman Library — SAIC, Chicago, IL, USA
Yale University Library, New Haven, CT, USA
AGO Research Library & Archives, Toronto, Canada
Nederlands Fotomuseum Library - Rotterdam, NL
foam, Amsterdam, NL
FRAC Provence Alpes Cote d´Azur, Marseille, France
Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
Macedonian Artists’ Books Library, Skopje, Macedonia
Zines of the Zone - mobile zine library, based in France
PhotoBookMuseum, Köln, Germany
Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria
Camera Austria Bibliothek, Graz, Austria
Zinko Ticek - Hiše kulture v Pivki, Pivka
Pumpa, Postojna
St. Patrick's Zine Library, Köln

2017 Constellation, Grosser Saal, Konstanz, Germany
Cista Zona, Roseanne’s Los Angeles, CA, USA
2016 Die Spuren, Guillame Daeppen, Gallery for Urban Art, Basel, Switzerland
2014 Words and matter about, No.12 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2013 Could Be... Strong Reaction, The Wayward Gallery, London, UK
Something in Between, Neuen Sächsischen Galerie / Museum für Zeitgenossische Kunst,
Chemnitz, Germany
2012 Something in Between, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, Germany
2011Something in Between, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, Germany

2017 Far East Tour 2017, Japan Tour: Tokyo, Fukuoka, Fukuyama / Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya
2016 Maple Drawing Line Tour, Canada Tour: Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Kitchener
2015 Breaking the Light / TRi-X-Noise with Bill Daniel: New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Rochester
2014 Zines of the Zone, European Tour: Berlin, Riga, Helsinki, Göthenburg, Stockholm, London, Dublin
2013Coincidence, USA Tour: Detroit, Chicago, Portland, SF, San Jose, Philadelphia, Baltimore
2011 Something in Between, USA Tour: Philadelphia, Richmond, Austin, Oakland, Portland

2017Izlog Suvremenog Zvuka, Showroom of Contemporary Sound, Zagreb, Croatia
2016Le Wonder, Paris, France
2014SHOP Chicago, IL, USA
Zines of the Zone, mobile zine library, Europe
2013Galerie 126, Rennes, France

CATALOGS, selected
.East of the Adriatic – Journal des Balkans / Scott H.Bourne / 19-80 Editions
with Bertrand Trichet, Jaka Babnik and Lars Greiwe, 2010
.Aires de jeux, champ de tensions -- Urban Photography in Europe from 1970’s
with Boris Mikhailov, Wolfgang Tillmans, Seiichi Furuya, Jitka Hanzlová, and others, 2011
.Format Perspective, Phil Evans / Carhartt WIP Video/Book
with Nils Svensson, Stu Robinson, Alex Irvine, Rich Gilliganand Bertrand Trichet, 2011
.Something in Between, Sergej Vutuc, Snoeck Verlag, 2011
.Behind the Zines: Self-Publishing Culture - Gestalten, 2011

THERE WAS SOMETHING ON THE FENCE, Sergej Vutuc, Edition of 100
BUILDING, Sergej Vutuc, Edition of 100
.IAKO PREMDA, Sergej Vutuc
.CISTA ZONA, Sergej Vutuc co published with We Make It, Berlin, Edition 400
.ISSUE FOUR, MBU Street Zine, Edition 200; Sergej Vutuc, Fabiano Rodrigues, Raphael Zarka
.ABFOLGE #1 co published with We Make It, Edition 100
.TRAGOVI, co published with Gloria Glitzer, 1th Edition 150, 2nd 150
.No Skateboarding Permitted – book object, Edition of 500

with Miodrag Gladovic, Poolsation, Nenad Sinkhaus, Izlog Suvremenog Zvuka, Zagreb, Croatia
with Maycec „Tension of Humming“ - Antwerpen Art Weekend & Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgien
with Rich Jacobs, Needles and Pens, San Francisco, USA
with Takahiro Morita, FESN Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan
with Chris Milic and Quentin Chambry, HVW8, Berlin, Germany
with Bill Daniel - Breaking the Light / TRi-X-Noise, USA East Coast Tour
with Shawn Whisenant „Coincidence Could Be or on the way to“ Seeing Things Gallery, San Jose
with LELE, Leon Zuodar "Live from USA", Elk Gallery, New York / Rockaway, NY, USA

Tension of Humming, 25:00 Maycec & Sergej Vutuc, LE BAL, Paris, France
Das Konzert mit dem Film, 3AM, Berlin, Germany
Poolsation, Izlog Suvremenog Zvuka, Zagreb, Croatia
Untitled, ITISNOTTHERE GALLERY, Moscow, Russia
EHH Live Taping, Coaxial Arts Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Copie concert in papier grind, FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille, France
Duke Austerberry & Helmut Vutuc Lampshade , Corktown, Detroit, USA
Coincidence, The Luggage Store / Needles & Pens 10 years, San Francisco, CA, USA
Paper on e-guitar - Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria
Helmut Vutuc Lampshade, Winning Hearts and Minds, Critical Art Ensemble _dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany

THE NY ART BOOK FAIR / Printed Matter Inc, MoMA PS1, 2017,2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
OFFPRINT, Tate Modern, London & Paris, 2015,2016,2017
Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 2016, 2017
MISS READ: The Berlin Art Book Fair, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Friends With Books, The Berlin Art Book Fair 2016, 2015, 2014

2017Talk/Lecture on Self Publishing, Ground Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2016Self Publishing Workshop, DABAPHOTO 2, Le 18, Marrakesh, Morocco
2014 Lecture: Concretilis the natur/ the human urge for balance and psychogeography, Free School,
Chicago, IL, USA

VIDEO, selected
Kingpin Magazine -
Florian Schneider - Something in Between
Artzine, online database -- interview with Antoine Lefebvre