At the end of Martićeva street, right near the intersection with Držićeva, we find the inspirational office of ‘The Shadow Casters’, one of the most interesting artistic associations that came to be in Zagreb in the past fifteen years or so.
The Shadow Casters are an international non-profit artistic organization and production platform dedicated to developing interdisciplinary collaboration between artists and contemplating intermediary arts, especially in the context of urban and public spaces, as well as the phenomenon of cities and city life.
The Shadow Casters have been founded in 2002 by artists Boris Bakal, Katarina Pejović, Željko Serdarević and Stanko Juzbašić, with many other artists and authors cooperating in the platform’s activities over the years: Leo Vukelić, Sandra Uskoković, Mare Šuljak, Anja Pletikosa, Srećko Horvat, Barbara Blasin, Vanja Žanko, Bojan Navojec, Vedran Senjanović, Marko Tadić, Iva Kovač and so on. The group continuously questions existing concepts of individual identities, encouraging a cross-cultural dialogue, creating interactive works and projects between Croatian and foreign artists.
Most of the projects by the Shadow Casters can be described as “sculptures in time” which explore the various relations between man and space, touching upon experimental theatre, performance, fine art, film, and other media.
The widespread international activity of the Shadow Casters has so far includeed cooperation with more than 150 artists from 36 countries. Their projects have been realized and presented at festivals in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Bologna, Graz, Ljubljana, Pisa, Belgrade, Marseilles, Leiden, Genoa, Podgorica and New York, in collaboration with a range of local partners, from non-governmental organizations to cultural institutions, academies and universities. Among other projects, in 2016, the Shadow Casters continue to deal with their own version of theater, with their popular and exciting performance Battle of Neretva.