Sergej Vutuc

born in Doboj (BiH) in 1979
was raised in Zagreb (HR), Heilbronn (DE)
currently lives and works in Rakalj (CRO) & Berlin (DE)

contact: mail [at] sergejvutuc . com

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Anno Domini Gallery

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

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

Since the mid 1980s Vutuc’s work has been about observing the (over)development of modern society and the privatization of public space; nature being conquered by concrete, concrete being conquered by the subversive act of skating. The work is based in nomadic movement through space and time, an endless sense of mobility, existence in between cities, countries, borders, worlds etc. Contested spaces, such as Fukushima, Detroit, Chernobyl, Israel and Palestine–strong symbols of ongoing human error and conflict, mistakes and misdirections in socioeconomic development.

Then there is the documentation of this ever-shifting landscape (physical and symbolic) through analog photography, publishing zines, mounting exhibitions, making music, drawing on walls, constant collaboration (as the essence of human creative exchange) and generally non-stop action and movement; fragmenting, altering, rearranging reality over and over, as necessary.

But one must also follow the natural human urge to expand one’s consciousness, to live in parallels, through imagination and it is here that Vutuc makes his departure to embark on a new series of work entitled Intimations of Substantiality Beneath. This exhibition begins a journey between exploring the landscape of flesh and passing moments on the way to somewhere; held in between, chosen by moment, by light, and by the energy drawn on the moment. It’s a melting point of Vutuc’s two latest publications: “there was something on the fence” and “jenseits von innen” (“beyond inside)”.

Vutuc sees the “scratching on the surface of blurry dream and fantasy as the only existing reality based on self creation.” The analog photo process allows for altering and scratching the film; another manipulation and questioning of (documented) reality. Adding to his poetic imagery music and sound allows an instant connection with the viewer, and reaction from an audience. All of this combined unifies the space of the work and allows a complete transformative experience. The energy created in this visual/soundscape confronts the viewer, challenging them to (re)see the strength and fragility of human relationships, family, tradition, intimacy, personal and global conflict. Vutuc’s work functions to shift our perception of reality, humanity, and society in general.

— from “Intimations of Substantiality Beneath” at Gallery Anno Domini


ISSUE FIVE, Sergej Vutuc / MBU Street Zine, Edition of 100
SOMETHING LEFT THERE BY SUN TO SHINE, Sergej Vutuc, Edition of 100
BREATHING UNDER UMBRELLA TO SEE YOU COLORS ON THE GROUND, Sergej Vutuc with Samopal Books, Moscow Edition of 100

JENSEITS VON INNEN, Sergej Vutuc, Edition of 100
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

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


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


Fotomuseum Winterthur, Swiss
Tate Library and Archive, London, UK
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
SF MoMA - San Francisco, USA
Metropolitan Musum of Art, New York, USA
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


THE NY ART BOOK FAIR by 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


Stairway Composition of Reproduction in Copy, MoMA PS1, New York, USA
Untitled, Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA, 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


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 — Interview with Antoine Lefebvre


2018 Words You Would Never See But Feel, Rennes, Galerie 126, France
2018 Jenseits von Innen, Gallery Daeppen, Basel, Swiss
2018 In the Presence of Absence, The Growlery, San Francisco, USA
2018 Intimations of Substantiality Beneath, Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA, USA
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


2018 Galerie 126, Rennes, France
2018 The Growlery, San Francisco, USA
2017 Izlog Suvremenog Zvuka, Showroom of Contemporary Sound, Zagreb, Croatia
2016 Le Wonder, Paris, France
2014 SHOP Chicago, IL, USA
Zines of the Zone, mobile zine library, Europe
2013 Galerie 126, Rennes, France