:: Slavs and Tatars

Voli me, ne voli me (2010)

“Voli me, ne voli me” je rad koji otkida latice prošlosti da bi otkrio trnovitu stabljiku promene. Izbor od oko 150 gradova u okviru Euroazijskog područja kojim se bave Sloveni i Tatari otkriva konstantne promene naziva gradova. Neki od njih otkrivaju prepoznatljivo Azijsko nasledje, često zaboravljeno u savremenoj potrazi za Evropskom integracijom. Drugi skoro bolno osciliraju sa zatupljujućom repeticijom, čitavi metropolisi zahvaćeni kao deca u osvetoljubivim trzavicama brakorazvodne parnice. “Voli me, ne voli me” je proslava višejezične karnevalske kompleksnosti, prevazidjene nacionalističkim borbama za jednostavnost, ako već ne i za istrajnost. Ako sada, sa maglovite terase dvadeset prvog veka, gradove sagledavamo kao organizme koji žive, rastu i umiru, zašto to ne bi bilo tako i sa njihovim imenima?


Uzrok posledica (2010)

Nova serija oslikana ogledalima pod nazivom “Uzrok posledica” realizovana za 25. Memorijal Nadežde Petrović promišlja ideje o složenosti, kolektivizmu i istorijske odgovornosti.

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Love Me, Love Me Not (2010)

A selection of 150 cities within Slavs and Tatars’ Eurasian remit, “Love Me, Love Me Not” plucks the petals off the past to reveal an impossibly thorny stem: one where names have changed and been changed by the grueling history of the region. Some cities divulge a resolutely Asian heritage, so often forgotten in today’s quest at all costs for European integration. Others vacillate almost painfully, with numbing repetition: entire metropolises caught like children in the spiteful back and forth of a custody battle. “Love Me, Love Me Not” is a celebration of the multilingual, carnivalesque complexity eclipsed today by nationalist struggles for simplicity if not permanence. If, from the foggy perch of the early 21st century, we tend to see cities like organisms, which live, grow, and sometimes die, why should their names be any different?


Cause of Effects (2010)

A new series of mirror-based paintings conceived for the 25th Nadežda Petrović Memorial, “Cause of Effects” is a reflection on the ideas of complexity, collectivism, and historical responsibility.

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