Opening: Friday, August 18, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Duration: 18.08 - 10.09.2017.
Curator: Sanja Kojić Mladenov
I made a big, huge painting of Europe, well not Europe but something similiar. In fact it is European map, but very strange and awkward. It is relief map, size about 3,7 x 5 meters, where Europe is represent as an island completely isolated. Later, above that map I shoot a movie. It is film about how Europe nowadays becoming something else... This video shows Europe as a self-sufficient form of excistence, as an Eutopia island which will soon become self-containment region in psychological way. Something is very disturbing, about how we perceive Europe today.
This video is my projection of idea of Europe. In text below I use a lot of Slavoj Zizek thoughts on Europe nowadays. The 20th century is over. A totalitarian regime is incapable of surviving in the long run. If we want to maintain the image of ourselves we have in the West, then we have to revisit the immense questions relating to the expansion of democratic freedoms and to the process of self-emancipation. It is here where Europe is most threatened. But I am convinced that we need Europe more than ever.
Róza EL-Hassan - Like the Birds
Opening: Friday, July 14, 2017 at 8 p.m.| gallery S
Curators: Sanja Kojić Mladenov, Barnabás Bencsik
Róza El-Hassan is representing one of the most exciting artistic positions in the present East-Central European contemporary art scene. The drawings, the architectural drafts what are conveying visionary and utopian ideas on the notion of home, the installations what she has been producing during the past few years are relevant examples of a way of responsible thinking in the context of global mass migrations, the impacts of ecological catastrophe in the Middle East and the need for improve and spread the idea of the sustainable and low cost practice of so called “eco-design”.
Her artistic practice includes direct engagement with local disadvantaged communities in countryside in Hungary to explore and incorporate traditional and archaic creative knowledge to contemporary way of thinking and trying to establish economic model based on specific skills like wickering. In the recent years Róza El-Hassan made several exhibitions around Europe based on the notion of "Architecture of Compassion” and dealing with the topics of artistic activism, solidarity and ecological design, which are the keywords that can also be used to describe the diversified and obsessive activity of the artist nowadays.
MLADEN MILJANOVIĆ: STRIKE
JULY 7 – AVGUST 10, 2017.
During the opening artist will do a performance “Sending Off”
Curator: Suzana Vuksanović
Strike brings together the latest work by Mladen Miljanović (b.1981), an artist from Banja Luka and one of the region’s most active in European contemporary art. Because he is positioned as an activist, a soldier of art, a responsible individual, an artist-anthropologist, and a social subject who acts critically within reality and assumes personal responsibility for it, for Miljanović the context of art and the context of life are never disconnected. His work corresponds with social reality, it charts and detects its problems, and it functions as a corrective within the field of representation. Miljanović’s conceptual and operative work with fictions and fictions of the past as well as the present, the ideologies of power, political manipulations, and abuse and neglect of/by individuals and society takes place within the context of the Balkans, Bosnia, and the entire Eastern European socio-political, ethical, economic, geographic, and cultural milieus in which Miljanović lives and works.