Opening: Friday, September 20, 2019, 8pm
Duration: October 13, 2019
Curator: Sanja Kojić Mladenov
Jelena Bulajić, the author whose career has, in the past several years, marked a significant rise on the global art scene, will present her work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina (MSUV) for the first time with a solo exhibit and a recognizable opus comprised of series of thematically unique material, gathered around the idea of revealing and examining structure, movement, and space of materiality.
The author first caught public attention with her monumental canvases painted while she was still a student at the Academy of Arts Novi Sad, mostly portraits of older people, exploring through this thematic framework both construction of monochromatic surfaces and faces - carriers of experience and perseverance, clear expression and emotion. She approaches representation of old age in a systematic and analytical manner, a marginal subject in contemporary society, contrasting trends of eternal beauty and youth, which, through her work and exhibits in prime spaces, she makes visible and significant.
Her new research continues to investigate human physiognomy, a face-mapping of sorts, through portraits of different formats of the elderly and young people, in series, in order to, eventually, expand the analysis of tactility of human skin to examining spaces of other, to her, important elements - sky, water, mountains - their structure, transitions, and oscillations. She emphasizes this approach with a combination of materials used to implement her work, which she often collects and produces herself, such as: a mixture of marble dust, ground granite, limestone, kaoline, seashells, lava, etc, which lend her work a specifically personal characteristic and accentuate continually systematic and dedicated artistic approach. (Sanja Kojić Mladenov)
Jelena Bulajić was born in 1990 in Vrbas. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts at the Academy of Arts Novi Sad in 2012, and Master's Degree at the City & Guilds of London Art School in London in 2013. She had solo and group exhibits in Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, the U.S., and Serbia. She received several awards including: GAM MA Fine Art Prize, City & Guilds of London Art School, London (2013); 1st prize at the Niš Art Foundation, Niš (2013); Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal (2012); Annual Award of the Department of Fine Arts for the Most Successful Art Work in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Novi Sad (2012); The Grand Diploma for Drawing, INTERBIFEP XIV, Tuzla (2011); "Milivoj Nikolajević" Foundation Award for Drawing-Study at the Academy of Fine Arts Novi Sad (2009).
Her work at the exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London was greatly praised by Guardian, in a documentary show released by CNN, and a Reuters video.
Her works are a part of Saatchi Gallery collection, and Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences.
She lives and works in Belgrade, with constant travel and exhibits in art centers of Europe and the U.S.
The exhibit at the MSUV is her first large solo exhibit in Serbia.
Burada ve Başka Yerde: Here and Elsewhere
reassemblage of sprawling landscapes
The Contemporary Disobedient Art Practices from Turkey
Opening: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7pm
Artists: Artıkişler Collective, bak.ma, Bilge Emiroğlu, Ege Berensel, Rojda Tuğrul, Sevgi Ortaç, Oktay İnce, Barış Seyitvan
Curators: Özge Çelikaslan, Gordana Nikolić
The exhibition concerns the production of counter-narratives of the image of the political landscape in Turkey. As we experience socio-spatial transformation through oppressive state policies, forced migration, upside-down urban transformation projects in Turkey, this exhibition as a collective process of alternative imaginings indicates how we want to speak up for them “here and elsewhere”. A selection of engaging videos and transmedia works by artists from the Turkish diaspora and those living in Turkey will be presented, featuring images of civil disobedience and social movements, online archival practices, found footage methodologies and image and text based artistic researches.