After four rotations of A, B will make one revolution, 2010-16
“In the series of the project After Four Rotations of A, B Will Make One Revolution (2009 ongoing) the artists started dealing with the context of post-socialist countries and the process and side effects of their ideological “melt down”. Their artistic approach was to transfer existing figurative sculptures from the socialist period into minimalist objects of the same material, weight, historical reference and name. This complex relationship raises the question of how to symbolize history in both types of sculpture, the original figurative one and the minimalist derivative. The process of melting metal is evocative of the end of a regime or ideology when sculptures that were its visual representation are destroyed and sold off for raw material. This ongoing project comprises a series of works that question the relation between history, monuments and representation [including] Karl Marx, Stasi Museum, Berlin, Vladimir Lenin, Stasi Museum, Berlin, Alexey Stakhanov, House of Culture, Moscow and Industry and Construction, Green Bridge, Vilnius.
The work from this series titled Josip Broz Tito that was produced within the big international project Invisible Violence in 2014. The artists made seven bronze cubical pieces whose material and weight referred to the series of seven bronze portraits of Josip Broz Tito by the Yugoslav sculptor Antun Augustinčić (1900-1979). The Belgrade based artist Dragan Srdić found these Augustinčić’s sculptures demolished in a scrap yard and used them in his installation that was first shown in the exhibition The Anatomy Lesson at the Belgrade Cultural Centre in 2000. By referring to Srdić’s work, Biscotti & van Braak point out the importance of artistic mediation and continuous rethinking on the issues of memory and identity which are negotiated by the work itself and the actual collaboration with a local artist.
While conducting research in Belgrade, the artists have gathered information for another work within this series titled The Star, which is based on the dimensions and weight of the five-pointed star removed on February 21st 1997 from the building of the Belgrade City Assembly. That year the opposition coalition “Zajedno” (Together) won the city government elections in Belgrade. The two-headed eagle symbol which was removed in 1947 was restored to the dome of the Assembly. The star is now in the collection of the Museum of Yugoslav History and the late Prime Minister Dr Zoran Đinđić brought it personally to the Museum at that time.”