winner Radoslav Putar Award , 2008
In my work I use a lot of readily found objects. These objects already carry an emotional value and a certain historic placement and context (e.g. maps, souvenirs).
Intervention on these objects also becomes an intervention in time and a possible alteration in the past, present and future. These objects with little or no initial value are eventually contextualized in a work that treats them as evidence of a non-existing period in time, eerily familiar but not quite clear.
I am very interested in imaginary/fictitious narrations and possible changes of ‘past events’: nothing nostalgic, just using this “space” for different interpretations of a not so distant past.
Combined with stop frame animations, these works, these fragments, tell a story of imaginary, utopian places. In the tradition of diary-like descriptions of mystical voyages (Darwin, Verne, Kipling) I tell a story of a different kind of journey. It is not clear if this journey is real or fictional, is it a journey in time, space or mind.
These fictional places show us a potential past and its consequent future, this may be the place of our future selves and in this way it demands a personal responsibility.
My works are hybrid forms that question the status of artistic and everyday objects, their useful, decorative and symbolic function. They are formed at the intersection of painting, graffiti, collage, photography, objects and ambient installations, but are mostly determined by the sphere of privacy, a journal-like collector`s passion, an interest for everyday occurrences, an inclination towards decoration, kitsch and transformation.
The series “Souvenirs” is about the identity of place, or rather the transformation and fluctuation of its identitary and local particularities, offering non-places as kinds of by-products of this dynamic process.
“Souvenirs” evoke a whole range of different impressions: the nostalgic elegance of times passed, the emotion of kitsch, the unease of cheap pleasures, of innocent poor taste, the rustic idyll of lost places and voyages…
The series StoryPads consists of old diaries and pads that I have collected over the years on various flee markets. These books after my intervention become a kind of a subconscious diary. These old pads have been filled to a certain point and used by their previous owners, they already have a certain story that I am now finishing years after. I like using these found books and objects because I treat these materials with a new-found respect and am trying not to undermine their own intimate writings.
My last work named “I speak true things”, consists of three parts: an animation, 20 maps and a wooden installation. It speaks of an imaginary trip to the “Island”. An Island that has been sought throughout the whole of history, the ultimate Utopia where everything was, is and will be. The first part- the geographical maps are covered with geometrical shapes, diagrams, complex structures and location marks. In the postcard book printed for the exhibition short texts, which reveal the mythical Island and the search for it as the centre of interest, are joined to these drawings. . Inside the wooden installation is the animation, with installation resembling a shack, as if made from leftovers of a shipwreck. Someone who may have, after reading properly the secret codes and symbols on the maps, found this hidden place. Inside the shack, buried behind a carpet of moss, is the animation. We can see exotic landscapes, buildings with high towers, arches and colorful cupolas. We see a wondrous slideshow of what this unnamed explorer had seen on his journey.
Although playfulness is an important guideline in my works, the recognizable visual colorfulness almost always emits a specific unease. It emerges from the sensibility for the carnivalesque: the inclination to reveal empty representation and looking behind porous facades, exploring media contamination, portraying of everyday life in conflict with the contrast of consumerism and impoverishment, and the passion for transforming and turning upside down.
25. 01. 2010 19:43:51
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