Pray for the salvation of women from the imposed guilt


The latest multimedia exhibition by the Rijeka based artist Milijana Babić – Hail Mary, Full of Grace – deals with the subject of the negative influence of the Catholic church on the women’s rights in Croatia. It is based on the artistic actions in public space during 2016, as well as on the research of the Catholic media content in the period between 2015 and 2016.
Exhibition opened on Friday, November 18th, and it will stay on view until December 2nd, 2016. The admission is free.


The exhibition presents the video-documentation of the artistic action “7 Days for a Woman” –  emerged as a reaction on the international catholic campaign “40 Days for Life” – which took place shortly before International Women’s Day in 2016, in collaboration with SOS Rijeka – center for nonviolence and human rights and the citizens of Rijeka. It began in front of the Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Rijeka University Hospital, continued in front of the government institutions and St Vitus Cathedral, and ended in front the local government building in Rijeka on the International Women’s Day. Apart from the action itself, here mentioned part of the exhibition also contains comments about 7 Days for a Woman, which the artist took from social networks and web sites, or wrote down on the locations where the action was performed.

The second part of the exhibition, presented under the title Wise Thoughts, consists of approximately fifty ‘wise’ statements gathered in the ‘booklet of wisdom’. The ‘wise thoughts’ are taken from the Catholic print media published in Croatia in the period of 2015 and 2016, and they are all documented in this booklet of wisdom, whose copies will be given out to exhibition visitors.

Video report from the exhibition opening by Moja Rijeka 

From the introduction by Suzana Marjanić:

(…) the socially engaged exhibition Hail Mary, Full of Grace by Milijana Babić is a voice for freedom, for the apotheosis of reason, for lifting the veil off the eyes of those who believe that the Catholic campaign ‘’40 Days for Life’’ is about sharing the message of the Christ. It is just like Edward Snowden, after becoming the CIA employee, realized that the war against terrorism is actually all about the US economic dominance over the rest of the world.




Milijana Babić: Zdravo Marijo, milosti puna / Hail Mary, Full of Grace
Exhibition opening / Photo: Tanja Kanazir
(click image to open gallery)

Recent work by the Rijeka based artist Milijana Babić is mainly rooted in performative art practice, often developing in direction of contextually specific long term actions in public space. Starting point of her work is her own position as a woman and an artist which she questions in her immediate surroundings. She holds a BA in fine arts from the Durban Institute of Technology, Durban, Republic of South Africa, and MA from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is a long-term collaborator of the City of Women festival in Ljubljana. Between 2007-2014 she worked as an associate at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka. She is a member of the artists association Delta 5 in Rijeka. Her work has been exhibited international

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