First activity – public discussion Link It, Mark It
Participants: Vladimir Frelih, Dragan Matić.
Moderator: Vladimir Mitrović
(live streaming) 18th December 2020
Discussions I / Focusing on the theme ERASED, the discussions attempted to explore and re-examine social phenomena of the 1990s in Southeast Europe and their effects on the artistic creative practices. Active participation included hosting, moderating and presenting two artists born between 1960 and 1985. The exploration refers to the thematic context and the spatial, media, socio-political and societal aspects of understanding this issue.
The concept and topic of the project rely on the notion of ERASED, which refers to the 1990s and various forms of discrimination that the civil society was exposed to by the state through its institutions. The theme ERASED emphasizes the specific socio-political context in which generations of artists matured professionally during the 1990s, and their artistic practice coincides temporally and thematically with experiences and events in the mentioned period and extends into present time. The concept of the project opens a field for new explorations where, general issues of spatial, temporal and social circumstances in the region are tackled through activism, democratisation and the culture of remembrance.
Organizer: The Union of Associations of Fine Artists of Vojvodina
The Artist-in-Residence Programme
Open Society Foundation, Serbia
Novi Sad Foundation
City Administration for Culture of Novi Sad
Author / Participant
Vladimir Frelih (b.1963, Osijek), graduated from the Art Academy in Düsseldorf (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf), where he also completed his master’s degree in 2000. In his artistic work, he often explores the concept of visualisation of media edges of both digital and analogue-material media and their mutual communication, translatability or compatibility. The end product, a work of art, is often an aesthetic, formative side effect, whether it is a video, video installation, photography, web, computer program or object and image in all its variations. An individual, community and society are all inseparable elements of artistic and pedagogical consideration. Through solo and group exhibitions, he is active on the contemporary domestic and foreign art scene, having won several awards for his artistic work. His works are included in several public and private collections and foundations of contemporary art (Kunstmuseum Bonn, Stadt Düsseldorf, MSU Zagreb). At the Academy of Arts and Culture Osijek he teaches Photography, Video and Film, and Multimedia. Since 2011, he has been teaching Contemporary Art Practices and Methods of Artistic Research at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad as a visiting professor.
Author / Participant
Dragan Matić (b.1966, Bački Petrovac) graduated in Painting from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in 1991, going on to earn his master’s degree in Painting from the same Academy in 2000. He works at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad as a full professor. His artwork includes the medium of painting, ready-made, digital photography, video, performance, electronic sound, and is a member of the art groups Multiflex and Happy Trash Production. He has received several national and international awards for his artistic work and has exhibited independently and collectively at numerous exhibitions in the country and abroad.
Vladimir Mitrović (b.1964, Loznica) graduated in Art History from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade (1989). He was the Editor of the cultural section of the Vojvodinian political and cultural magazine Bulevar (1999-2002), the Executive Editor of the magazine for architecture and urbanism DaNS (2003-2011) and the Acting Director of the Museum of Vojvodina (2008-2010). He has been working as a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina since 2007. He is generally recognised as one of the pioneers in studying the history of the modern and post-war architecture in the area of Vojvodina. He is also active as an art critic. His texts have been translated into English, German, Hungarian, Romanian and French. The author of numerous books, exhibitions, catalogues and documentaries in the field of the history of architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries in Vojvodina and Serbia, he published studies and professional articles in domestic and foreign professional journals, art periodicals, weekly and daily press. He is a member of ULPIDIV, the international association for the study of modern architecture Do. Co. Mo. Mo., and a regular contributor to the Lexicon of Architects of Serbia and the Serbian Biographical Dictionary. He has won the Pavle Vasić and Ranko Radović Awards.