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Milutin Gubash
From October 31st 2008 to December 6th 2008
Born Rich, Getting Poorer

Episode 1, scene 1 (contd.)

INT. FRONT DOOR - DAY
MILUTIN (a confused and off-put expression on his face):Mom ?!?
Milutin fumbles with the door lock, looking up at his mother and down at the lock several times in quick succession.

Now he really feels ashamed and guilty. His mother lives alone, 5,000 miles away. Almost 40 years old, he is unable to offer her much comfort in her advanced years. She still gets up and goes to work every day at a shopping mall. Sometimes, he borrows money from her. When they were his age, she and Milutin’s father moved to a completely foreign land, leaving everyone and everything they knew behind. They learned to speak a new language, struggled to raise a family, all the while hoping that they would find a better life for themselves. Both her children ended up becoming artists.
Was the whole trip worth it?
Did she tell him she was coming today?
Did he just forget?
Is he that much of an asshole?
Finally, managing to coordinate the lock and the door handle in the right sequence, he begins to slowly open the door when his MOTHER pushes in.


MILUTIN (contd.) (mumbling): Hey, ummm, what are you doing here?

MOTHER (impatiently): I can’t stay in my house another minute with that man’s things still in it!

Conceived as a "sitcom", this new installation conjures the artist’s favourite themes: family, life, and death.

Only part of the work is on display in the gallery, so don’t leave without borrowing the full video episodes, available at the front desk.

Born Rich Getting Poorer – 5 episodes

Episode 1 : JENKEM? , 2008, DVD, 20 min.
Episode 2 : TO KINGSTON ON ! , 2008, DVD, 20 min.
Episode 3 : DEAD CAR... , 2008, DVD, 20 min.

Later episodes will be released periodically through the gallery commencing in the new year 2009.


Milutin Gubash was born in Novi Sad (within the former Yugoslavia), and lives in Montréal Québec. He has exhibited in Québec, Canada, the United States, and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montreal (2007), the Art Gallery of Calgary (2008), YYZ in Toronto (2007), 3015 in Paris (2007), and RLBQ in Marseilles (2008). He holds an M.F.A. in Photography from Concordia University in Montreal, a B.F.A. in Photography and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Calgary.His practice encompasses photography, video, and performance, and regularly features the participation of his family and friends. Autobiographical anecdotes, innuendo, day-to-day musings and cultural appropriation are the fact-and-fantasy material he invokes to depict the vagaries of life as an artist. Using simple means and often comical gestures, the uncertainties which lay within conventional domestic and social roles are exploited for their transformative possibilities, and we are asked to follow the artist in reconsidering our own relationship to our identities and environments.