part of the group-exhibition
'real presence - Serbian Contemporary Art'
Artists: Milan Blanuša, Slavko Bogdanović, Goran Despotovski , Nikola Džafo, Nenad Glišić, Živko Grozdanić Gera, Jelena Jureša, LED ART – ART KLINIKA, Dragan Matić, Ivana Rakidžic, Balint Szombati, Zoran Todorović, Selman Trtovac, Ivan Zupanc.
21 August - 27 September 2009
Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria
Coats, equipped with a music mechanism
The Serbian artist Goran Despotovski (born 1972) presents his installation 'Showroom' during the group-exhibition 'real presence' from 21 August until 27 September 2009 at the Künstlerhaus Graz. The artist's human-figures-dollies-clothes-coats are deleted tracks back, allegories of the recent history of the Serbian society.
fig. (right> detail): 'Showroom' by Goran Despotovski, 2004. The coats of the installation 'Showroom' are arranged like on a runway. The objects are equipped with a music mechanism providing sounds of situations that signify important stages in life such as birthday or wedding. The artist represents with the coats the moments of the absent human body and individual life. They look as if the former wearer had been interrupt during social interaction. On the website of the artist you can find a biography, comments, more works... www.despotovski.vrsac.com.
The curators Werner Fenz (Austria), Živko Grozdanić (Serbia), Mirjana Peitler (Austria/Serbia) have selected contemporary artists like Milan Blanuša, Balint Szombati, Ivan Zupanc, etc to give an insight into the current social and political Serbian reality by using the language of art.
The Serbian contemporary art is characterized by the wartime in Ex-Yugoslavia during the 90ies. Ten years after the new countries had been formed, the society is able to reflect about what happened. The exhibition doesn't aim to provide generally valid explanations for historical facts, but questions them by presenting the personal views of contemporary Serbian artists. The exhibition is realised in intense cooperation with the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina in Novi Sad.