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Belgrade, Serbia | Čumićevo sokače
September 23-30, 2023
curated BY JULIA SHLENSKAYA

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Belgrade, Serbia
Čumićevo sokače
September 23-30, 2023
unknown author
graffiti, Čumićevo sokače Square
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graffiti, Čumićevo sokače Square
unknown author
graffiti, Čumićevo sokače Square
CONCEPT

In a constantly changing world we are faced with the need to adapt ourselves to new conditions or adapt reality to suit ourselves. This two-way process leads to the transformation of the human individuals, society, nature and reality itself. Adaptability, as a key quality of living organisms, their ability to cope with environmental challenges by changing themselves, became the central theme of the exhibition.
Experience is not what happens to us;
it is what we do with what happens to us.
Experience is not what happens to us; it is what we do with what happens to us.
The journey from birth to death can be described as a chain
of different events. Not always welcome, not always predictable.
And it’s precisely how we react to them that defines who we are. The same circumstances can either break us or help us ascend to a new level. This process can be daunting and painful. This exhibition is intended to help people look at their inner processes from an external perspective. To show that on this path, they are not alone. And at the very least, all the artists in this exhibition are ready to share this with the audience.

Many events in our lives are expected and predictable. Birth, daycare or school, career choices, stepping into independent life. But each of these is that very transition to a new level—only if we realize it ourselves and choose an active role in taking these steps.
Birth is the moment when we are thrust into the world. We cry, we are scared, but we learn to breathe and calm down as we inhale. First steps and words mark the beginning of our assimilation into it. Falling and getting up, we try to learn to walk. Trying to speak, we attempt to articulate our desires and dislikes not through crying and tears.
Daycare and school are our first contacts with a society we didn't choose, and the beginning of finding ourselves in it. Some find friends there, while others may stutter. Choosing a career is defining the role we will play in this society, temporarily or for a lifetime, depending on internal aspirations and resources. Stepping into independent life means taking full responsibility for ourselves, our present, and our future.
And beyond that, there are even more milestones, each of which we pass and perceive differently. Marriage, the birth of children, the loss of parents, changing jobs or careers, moving to a new country, or even a different part of the world. We move from level to level, sometimes intentionally, sometimes out of necessity. And on this path, we are constantly changing.

This exhibition is a vast portal of transition.

A place where we share our personal experiences

of moving to new levels in our lives.

This exhibition is a vast portal of transition. A place where we share our personal experiences of moving to new levels in our lives.

Our emotions, fears, experiences, and infatuations. And through them, we come to understand ourselves and our place in the world.
REVIEW

THIS IS EXAMPLE! The "Echoes of Family Relations 2024" exhibition, presented at KC Dorćol Gallery, embodies a multifaceted project aimed at the emotional and intellectual analysis of internal connections between individuals and the socio-cultural environment.

Julia Shlenskaya, curator and art producer, not only showcases the works of other artists but also creates her own installations, one of which is presented at this exhibition. Julia's extensive experience in organizing art events and exhibition projects, both in Russia and abroad, plays a significant role in shaping the atmosphere of the exhibition. Additionally, her experience in cinema adds a special character to the exhibition.

Shlenskaya's directorial approach to creating installations can be seen in the dramaturgy of space, the play of light and shadow, and the construction of narrative lines between exhibits. This gives visitors a unique experience of interacting with the works and creates a special atmosphere filled with emotions and meaning.

The exhibition, dedicated to the year 2024, conceptually illuminates the multifaceted aspects of family relationships, interpreting them through the lens of artistic perception. Through the use of installations, conceptual works, and video art elements, it aims to stimulate reflections on the concepts of "home," "family," and prompts consideration of the significance of motherhood and interaction within the family community.

This project is an organic unity where the creative efforts of various artists come together to create a comprehensive image of family dynamics. The works of 24 talented artists from different nationalities reflect the contradictory facets of family life and interpersonal interaction, creating a whimsical mosaic of emotional responses to historical events, personal experiences, and intimate moments.

The visual language of the exposition expresses the depth of cultural context, symbolic images, and metaphors that lure the viewer into the depths of human psychology. Each piece represents an interactive structure that prompts internal dialogue and reflection in every guest.

The atmosphere of the "Echoes of Family Relations 2024" exhibition can truly astonish you. It gathers art that not only visually impresses but also calls for deep reflections on life and love. Here, each work is a revelation, a reflection of our own feelings and thoughts about the world around us. It is not just an event but a journey within oneself, a source of inspiration and soul elevation. Leaving here, you will take with you not only beauty but also the richness of new emotions ready to blossom in your hearts. Interacting with each piece of art enlivens you, making you experience, feel, and see the world in a new light.
Through this project, Julia Shlenskaya creates a space for inspiration and self-analysis, making the exhibition a global catalyst for reflections on our place in the universe and our relationships with the world.



Anastasia Skliankina, author of review: art historian, art consultant, art market analyst, contemporary culture, and art expert
26th of February, 2024
PARTICIPANTS

  • Alya Segova
    Contemporary Artist,
    Belgrade
  • Anastasia Ledkova
    Contemporary Artist,
    Belgrade
  • Danil Yakovlev
    Contemporary Artist,
    Belgrade
  • Daria Goncharova
    Contemporary Artist,
    Belgrade
  • Daria Pronina
    Contemporary Artist,
    Belgrade
  • Eugenia Ignatova
    Contemporary Artist,
    Belgrade
  • Gala Mashanova
    Contemporary Artist,
    Belgrade
  • Jenny Gorokhova
    Contemporary Artist,
    Belgrade
  • Julia Shlenskaya
    Contemporary Artist & Curator,
    Belgrade
  • Katia Ablamskaya
    Contemporary Artist,
    Belgrade
  • Maria Djuricic
    Contemporary Artist,
    Belgrade
  • Marfa Mart
    Contemporary Artist,
    Belgrade
  • Olga Pal
    Contemporary Artist,
    Belgrade
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ARTWORKS

Alya Segova "InterGrace", 2023
Installation, mixed media, 54 cm x 105 cm
CONCEPT
Inter Grace is a project about merging with the external environment. While finding a new home, an emigrant assimilates into a new society, gradually acquiring its inherent features. Through the collage with motifs of the urban landscape, the author reflects on how this process takes place physically, because in a new country it is possible not only to shape a different identity but also body. An attempt to see one's own body through the prism of another culture, mimicking its standards or defending one's beliefs can change the emigrant's self-positioning and self-perception in a significant way. Private photo, not intended for prying eyes but displayed on the street, emphasizes vulnerability during such metamorphoses and an open demonstration of the process of merging the body with the environment. The artist notes: “As a marker of the environment, I chose the Genex Tower, the iconic building of Belgrade. It was one of the first buildings that I noticed when I first entered the city in a taxi from the airport. Now I live nearby, and I see its lights from the window every evening. The brutalist architecture and the socialist style buildings («panel’ki») are the visual features of Belgrade through which my sense of home began to form”.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Мой подход к художественной практике — метод коллажа и эксперимента. В коллаже можно все, здесь нет никаких правил, и что бы я ни сделала, у меня просто не будет возможности ошибиться. Случайность, противоречие, сочетание сюрреалистических образов, нарративности и мистицизма — то, на что я опираюсь в своей работе.

Я исследую темы мифологии и пространства, рассматривая их через призму бессознательного. Мифология интересует меня как поле существования мощных архетипов, которые воспринимаются и считываются интуитивно, как некое ‘понятное иррациональное’, и как сфера органичного сосуществования диаметрально
противоположных смыслов.

Я работаю с аналоговым и диджитал коллажом, фотографией, графикой, mixed media и создаю арт-объекты.

Alya Segova

Contemporary Artist

Мой подход к художественной практике — метод коллажа и эксперимента. В коллаже можно все, здесь нет никаких правил, и что бы я ни сделала, у меня просто не будет возможности ошибиться. Случайность, противоречие, сочетание сюрреалистических образов, нарративности и мистицизма — то, на что я опираюсь в своей работе.

Я исследую темы мифологии и пространства, рассматривая их через призму бессознательного. Мифология интересует меня как поле существования мощных архетипов, которые воспринимаются и считываются интуитивно, как некое ‘понятное иррациональное’, и как сфера органичного сосуществования диаметрально
противоположных смыслов.

Я работаю с аналоговым и диджитал коллажом, фотографией, графикой, mixed media и создаю арт-объекты.

Alya Segova

Contemporary Artist

BIO

Born in 1990 in Moscow.

EDUCATUION
Moscow State University of Arts and Industry, 2009,
M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2012
Joseph Backstein Institute of Contemporary Art, in progress.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2023 — Pulsating matter, Center for Creative Industries "Factory", Moscow, Russia
2023 — ArtWeekend 1.0, O2 art studio, Podgorica, Montenegro
2023 — Amorphism. Lying on the water, Damirova Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2023 — Deep dive, Signal space, Kaliningrad, Russia
2022 — blazar young art fair, Moscow, Russia
2022 — Issue 22, Zaryadye Media Center, Moscow, Russia
2022 — A-S-H Moscow, city ​​festival, Moscow, Russia
2022 — Meeting point, Bogorodskoye gallery, Moscow, Russia
2022 — Diary of a Time Traveler, Peresvetov Lane Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2021 — Collage Garden, international street exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia

RESIDENCIES
2023 — ‘Laboratory for designing the pasted future, Center for Creative Industries "Factory", ASI Space, Moscow, Russia
2023 — Winter school of Joseph Backstein Institute of Contemporary Art ‘New forms of life: pulsating matter, cyborgs and others’, White Alleys, Voronovo, Russia
2022 — Winter school of Joseph Backstein Institute of Contemporary Art ‘Posthuman’, White Alleys, Voronovo, Russia

PUBLICATIONS
2022 — Paris Collage Collective Yearbook 2021, editor Petra Zehner, p.47, Paris, France
2022 — Book ‘The sixth extinction. Encyclopedia of Plants’, ed. E. Belyakova, p. 8-9, Moscow, Russia
2022 — FUTURE Artbook, editor John Hutton, p.70-71, Glasgow, UK

Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Anastasia Ledkova "The Square of Rebirth", 2023
Video, print, movie, 12 elements, 25 cm x 25 cm
CONCEPT
The Square of Rebirth is composed of 12 QR codes, each leading to a film about one of the artists from the "Go to The Next Level" exhibition. Viewers can peek into the world of each artist and compare what they see with their own inner perceptions and reflections.

Viewers are invited to contemplate and recall Carl Jung's theory of the "Square Circle", in which he outlines the fundamental qualities of the psyche: sensation, thinking, feeling, and intuition. The harmonization of these aspects, represented as the presence of four corners on a circle, is often reflected in culture. For example, the renowned "Vitruvian Man" by Leonardo da Vinci exhibits a distinct four-sided orientation. Also, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote,
"More honestly and purely speaks the healthy body, perfect and square-built". Aristotle employed similar thoughts in his works, stating, "A morally good person is four-cornered".
Dante Alighieri expressed a similar concept in his "Divine Comedy", referring to a person as a "good cube". Reflections of this theory can be observed in various religious rituals and Christian iconography.

The 'Rebirth Square' is an exploration of the immigrant's journey as they transit into a new life, and their path to professional realization in a new country in particular. The subjects of this exploration, the artists featured in the "Go to The Next Level" exhibition, serve as personalized portraits of immigrants who have managed to rebuild and transform themselves in a new place and in a new capacity.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Anastasiya Ledkova is a film director, production designer, and screenwriter.
Before working in feature film, she worked as a journalist for 7 years, directing documentaries for TV. She has a bachelors degree in journalism and a masters degree in PR.

In 2021, she graduated from the Russian State University of Cinematography S.Gerasimova (VGIK) with honors, majoring in film directing.
Her short films Superhero, Grisha the Hero, The Antagonist, Mavka have been screened at different Russian festivals (Kinotavr, Koroche, Saint Anna, Golden Eagle Award nominee, etc.) and European festivals (Torino Film Festival, Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Deep Fried Film Festival, Festival del Cinema di Cefalù, etc.).

She has also shot commercials and music videos. Worked with artists such as Ksana, Angel Ulnov, Mariam and others.

Since spring 2020 she has been working with Good Story Media (one of the biggest Russian film companies, shooting series and films for TV and platforms).

In 2021, the series "Sixteen +" for the platform "Kion" (3,5 million subscribers).
Anastasiya currently lives and works in Serbia.

Anastasiya Ledkova

Contemporary Artist

Anastasiya Ledkova is a film director, production designer, and screenwriter.
Before working in feature film, she worked as a journalist for 7 years, directing documentaries for TV. She has a bachelors degree in journalism and a masters degree in PR.

In 2021, she graduated from the Russian State University of Cinematography S.Gerasimova (VGIK) with honors, majoring in film directing.
Her short films Superhero, Grisha the Hero, The Antagonist, Mavka have been screened at different Russian festivals (Kinotavr, Koroche, Saint Anna, Golden Eagle Award nominee, etc.) and European festivals (Torino Film Festival, Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Deep Fried Film Festival, Festival del Cinema di Cefalù, etc.).

She has also shot commercials and music videos. Worked with artists such as Ksana, Angel Ulnov, Mariam and others.

Since spring 2020 she has been working with Good Story Media (one of the biggest Russian film companies, shooting series and films for TV and platforms).

In 2021, the series "Sixteen +" for the platform "Kion" (3,5 million subscribers).
Anastasiya currently lives and works in Serbia.

Anastasiya Ledkova

Contemporary Artist

BIO

Born in 1987 in Gorky, Russia.

EDUCATUION
the Russian State University of Cinematography S.Gerasimova (VGIK), 2021

FILMOGRAPHY
2019 — Superhero, Director
2019 — Grisha is the hero, Director
2020 — Antagonist, Director
2021 — Mavka, Director
2021 — Understudies, Director

Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Danil Yakovlev "The medium nose", 2023
Installation, green bottle glass, metal rings, epoxy resin, 47 cm x 38 cm x 22 cm
CONCEPT
The project proposes to explore the activation of psychological defenses as a reaction to the acute problems of immigration during the first months of relocation through visual representation. During such a period, a person confronts a concentrated feeling of powerlessness and despair and attempts to "shield" themselves from these emotions with whatever means are available.

The installation consists of a chainmail of shattered glass bottles. The bottles used in the work were consumed as the only available therapy during the period of relocation and as a form of support in daily challenges.

The piece serves as a reflection, a unique artistic acknowledgment of several months of intense adaptation.

ARTIST STATEMENT
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Danil Yakovlev

Contemporary Artist

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Danil Yakovlev

Contemporary Artist

BIO

Born in 19__ in _______.

EDUCATION
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
RESIDENCIES
FESTIVALS
PUBLICATIONS
OTHER

Actively participates in international exhibitions in Russia.
Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Daria Goncharova "An equation with unknowns", 2023
Installation, mixed media, 5 cm x 240 cm
CONCEPT
The work is part of the "Fragments of Navigation" project, initiated in Belgrade.

In my artistic practice, I often delve into the sphere of language and the fundamental concept of semiotics - the sign, which serves as a tool for comprehending, constructing, and deconstructing the semiotic field of the surrounding reality.

The foundation of my current project revolves around contemplating the notion of escapism, the substitution of real relationships with imaginary worlds. The persistent longing for an
illusory reality is consistently projected onto actuality, replayed over and over, yet leading to nothing.

By working with the poetic image of glitch, the disruption of logical chain, I employ the concept of broken navigation, revealing it as a symptom of our permanent eagerness to transcendence and futile but no less desirable attempts to escape from reality.

The deconstruction of navigational signs serves as a metaphorical reflection of the fragile and unstable world of rules. It exposes the fragmentary nature of the narratives and routes we create, a kind of shell for alternative realities that are seen as a means of possible escape.

ARTIST STATEMENT
В своих работах я размышляю над уязвимыми конструкциями,
существующими как внутри социума, так и на его перифирии. Тема
оставленного следа и соприкосновения с ним, а также область
непроизвольной памяти интересует меня как возможность для
спонтанного, почти рандомного сближения.

Партиципаторные методы являются ключевыми в моей практике и
используются мной для выстраивания диалога с внешним миром, который может влиять на общий ход процесса и допускать элементы
случайности. Рассматривая повседневные процессы как область эмоционального, глубоко личного, приватного проживания, в которую трудно попасть без личного приглашения, я модулирую различные ситуации. С их помощью я пытаюсь понять насколько эта граница может быть гибкой и восприимчивой.

Помимо этого меня привлекают процессы регистрации и систематизации данных, которые позволяют стабилизировать и регулировать внешние процессы. Они вкупе с инструментами поэтического нарратива являются важными составляющими моего метода.

Материал, предоставленный извне фигурирует во многих работах. Будь
то текст, сообщение или отдельно взятый предмет. Этот материал
часто преобразуется в ходе работы с семантикой и операциями с
информацией в различных своих состояниях (текстовом, визуальном,
материальном и проч).

В проектах я часто использую текстиль и разные методы апсайклинга.
Графика, живопись, керамика и малые скульптурные формы также
присутствуют в моих работах, часто выполняя роль инструмента для
работы с данными или неся функцию некоего визуального знака. Выбор
того или иного медиума определяется концепцией каждого отдельного
проекта.

Daria Goncharova

Contemporary Artist

В своих работах я размышляю над уязвимыми конструкциями,
существующими как внутри социума, так и на его перифирии. Тема
оставленного следа и соприкосновения с ним, а также область
непроизвольной памяти интересует меня как возможность для
спонтанного, почти рандомного сближения.

Партиципаторные методы являются ключевыми в моей практике и
используются мной для выстраивания диалога с внешним миром, который может влиять на общий ход процесса и допускать элементы
случайности. Рассматривая повседневные процессы как область эмоционального, глубоко личного, приватного проживания, в которую трудно попасть без личного приглашения, я модулирую различные ситуации. С их помощью я пытаюсь понять насколько эта граница может быть гибкой и восприимчивой.

Помимо этого меня привлекают процессы регистрации и систематизации данных, которые позволяют стабилизировать и регулировать внешние процессы. Они вкупе с инструментами поэтического нарратива являются важными составляющими моего метода.

Материал, предоставленный извне фигурирует во многих работах. Будь
то текст, сообщение или отдельно взятый предмет. Этот материал
часто преобразуется в ходе работы с семантикой и операциями с
информацией в различных своих состояниях (текстовом, визуальном,
материальном и проч).

В проектах я часто использую текстиль и разные методы апсайклинга.
Графика, живопись, керамика и малые скульптурные формы также
присутствуют в моих работах, часто выполняя роль инструмента для
работы с данными или неся функцию некоего визуального знака. Выбор
того или иного медиума определяется концепцией каждого отдельного
проекта.

Daria Goncharova

Contemporary Artist

BIO

Born in 1993 in Samara, Russia.

EDUCATION
Joseph Backstein Institute of Contemporary Art, in progress
Director’s laboratory of the All-Russian festival of green theater "Ecotopia", 2021
Educational workshops "Solutions" as part of the third Curatorial Forum, 2021
Laboratory "Non-human heterotopias" by "CityCrepy", 2021
Laboratory "Episode" from the gallery "Ozero", 2021
Participatory inclusive project "Tact" by The Thursday Foundation, 2021
Educational program "School of Art Management Smart Art", 2017
Samara State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, 2015

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2022 Other, museum-residence "Art-Communalka", Kolomna, Moscow region, Russia
2022 Worlds i [i], Center for Contemporary Culture "Zero Room", Samara, Russia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2023 Pulsating Matter, Center for Creative Industries Fabrika, Moscow, Russia
2023 Instant exhibition “Frontier: Home”, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2022 Single colour, gallery "Reloft", Moscow, Russia
2022 Wait, The Thursday Foundation, Moscow, Russia
2022 Marathon of group exhibitions, Arts Square Gallery in collaboration with the curatorial group Sturm, St. Petersburg, Russia
2022 Evolutionary Symphony, Elektrozavod gallery, Moscow, Russia
2021 Exhibition within the framework of the All-Russian art festival "Youth of Russia", New Tretyakov Museum, Moscow, Russia
2021 "Nature in the city. Non-human heterotopias" as part of the Nordic Festival, Kunsthalle nummer, gallery Sieben, St. Petersburg, Russia
2021 Pavilion Russe, Haze Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2021 Exhibition based on the results of the "Episode" laboratory, Line exhibition space, St. Petersburg, Russia
2021 Own Game, International Festival "Cut and Glue Fest", gallery "On Peschanaya", Moscow, Russia
2021 Exhibition of sensitive art "Tact", exhibition space Lines, St. Petersburg, Russia
2021 Data 6, the Zverev Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
2017 Curation and participation in the group exhibition "Avant-garde. New interpretation" in the House of Architects, Samara, Russia
2016 - Exhibition in the Department of Contemporary Art of the TCM "Vyunosti", Tolyatti, Russia

RESIDENCIES
2022 Art-Communalka, Kolomna, Moscow region, Russia
2022 CLOSET. ACT I, library and art residence "SHKAF", St. Petersburg, Russia
2021 Youth of Russia by the Union of Artists, in the direction of "New Forms", Senezh, Russia

OTHER
2021 Finalist of the competition for the concept of an art object for the Naro-Fominsk Silk Factory
2018 Winner of the "Samara of the Future" competition in the "Urban Project" category, Samara

Actively participates in international exhibitions in Russia.
Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Daria Pronina "Dreams", 2023
Installation, fabric, acrylic, plastic, 200 cm x 200 cm
CONCEPT
Emigrants are forced to go through lots of emotions and changes, including coping with the transition to a new place and further adaptation, and taking steps towards changing one’s external and internal. My project considers a person's feelings within the rocess of transition from the unreal to the real through the images of dreams and the metaphor of the cycles of sleep and wakefulness.

The unreal is depicted as a mixture of memories, experiences, fragments of the past and dreams. The real comprises the feelings when interacting with the environment. We perceive reality through our interactions with objects and events in the physical world, based on our conceptions of them.

Reality is no longer what we think it is. Sometimes, reality is more like dreams, with events getting mixed up and becoming a collection of bright spots within our memory and consciousness. The cyclical states of sleep and wakefulness are represented as the cyclical nature of the unreal and the real.

Dreams are filled with memories, experiences, sensations and background that we experience in our lives. They pass through the prism of perception, complemented by vivid fantasies. Dreams are intimately connected with reality, they complement it and are built from fragments of events and sensations.

By immersing yourself in the game of interaction with the art object, you can notice the passage of time and yourself in the moment, feel the ability to influence events while being inside them, while remaining an observer. What is happening is a constant change, movement, with moments of slowing down and reflection within this process. By observing dreams, we distinguish reality from fiction. Thus, by observing “dreams”, we can see reality.
One сan not exist without the other, they complement each other.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Мультидисциплинарный художник, арт-педагог.
Моя практика охватывает: живопись, граффити, иллюстрацию, инсталляцию, скульптуру.

Постоянная тема ПУТЬ – глубокий и многомерный, открывающий возможность познания себя, природы и миров и явлений вокруг.
Для меня искусство это путь к себе, стремление раскрыть свой внутренний потенциал, осознать подлинную сущность.

Я работаю проектами, каждый раз создавая концепцию,
подбирая медиум под конкретную задачу. В своих работах использую визуальные и смысловые символы, маяки, метафоры.

Daria Pronina

Contemporary Artist

Мультидисциплинарный художник, арт-педагог.
Моя практика охватывает: живопись, граффити, иллюстрацию, инсталляцию, скульптуру.

Постоянная тема ПУТЬ – глубокий и многомерный, открывающий возможность познания себя, природы и миров и явлений вокруг.
Для меня искусство это путь к себе, стремление раскрыть свой внутренний потенциал, осознать подлинную сущность.

Я работаю проектами, каждый раз создавая концепцию,
подбирая медиум под конкретную задачу. В своих работах использую визуальные и смысловые символы, маяки, метафоры.

Daria Pronina

Contemporary Artist

BIO

Born in 1994 in Perm, Russia.

EDUCATION
Art School № 1, 2014
Perm National Research Polytechnic University, Industrial Design, 2016
Ural State University of Architecture and Art (USUAA), Graphic Design, 2018
Art pedagogy and art therapeutic technologies, 2021
Young artist's laboratories, 2022
Anna Radchenko Academy, course for creative specialists 'Ctrl+Art'
Ural branch of the State Center for Contemporary Art, (Pushkin Museum)
Sinara Art Gallery, Course on the history of Ural art and the ZIN-laboratory

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021 Flower mood, captured time, Art gallery Testo, Yekaterinburg, Russia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 exhibition of plein air works, Perm, Russia
2012 exhibition of plein air works, Perm, Russia
2013 exhibition of plein air works, Perm, Russia
2014 exhibition of plein air works, Perm, Russia
2018 Ekaterinburg in my mind, Ekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia
2023 Total installation 'In touch', Dubai, UAE

OTHER
Artist and curator of the project Real, Art Gallery Testo, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Zine exhibition, Sinara Art Gallery

Actively participates in international exhibitions in Russia.
Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Eugenia Ignatova "My family and I are portrayed here", 2023
Installation, cyanotype, acrylic, movement, rope, 150 cm x 150 cm
CONCEPT
"My family and I are portrayed here" is a work that unites the ephemerality of time, deep connections between the past and the present. The project represents a cycle of connected events that become a point, instead of a linear time format. It serves as a reminder that the events of our lives have a common axis.

The work, approximately 1.5 meters in diameter, depicts repetitive movement on the floor. Conceptually, the work was formed not only by the idea but also by a chain of coincidences and mistakes that organized the existing form. The work is based on physical and semantic layers: the bottom layer is cyanotype, washed away by rain. On top of it are the footprints of the artist and her son, wandering cyclically along the trajectory they created and sharing this space, a symbol of their interconnected lives. The accent is provided by a piece of rope, as a balance that ties together all the layers of the work.

The result exposed to the footsteps of the public will transform and eventually disappear, just as our lives and experiences mutate and vanish in memory.

"My family and I are portrayed here" is a reflection on time, memory, and the connection of generations. The artist, the daughter of immigrants, reflects on the legacy passed down by
her ancestors and the legacy she in her turn bequeaths to her own children, who now live as new immigrants.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Multidisciplinary artist from St. Petersburg, Russia, currently based in Belgrade, Serbia.

Eugenia combines various mediums to reveal connections and abstract ideas associated with form in art. Her main areas of interest are history and memory, aesthetics and its significance for different people.

Eugenia is drawn to alternative printing, she finds analogue methods translate her ideas better than the digital ones. Apart from that, she is interested in investigating hidden matters, discovering invaluable aspects and aestheticizing them.

Preferred mediums: photography, analog printing and alternative photo processes, total installation, painting, graphics.

Eugenia Ignatova

Contemporary Artist

Multidisciplinary artist from St. Petersburg, Russia, currently based in Belgrade, Serbia.

Eugenia combines various mediums to reveal connections and abstract ideas associated with form in art. Her main areas of interest are history and memory, aesthetics and its significance for different people.

Eugenia is drawn to alternative printing, she finds analogue methods translate her ideas better than the digital ones. Apart from that, she is interested in investigating hidden matters, discovering invaluable aspects and aestheticizing them.

Preferred mediums: photography, analog printing and alternative photo processes, total installation, painting, graphics.

Eugenia Ignatova

Contemporary Artist

BIO

Born in 19__ in _______.

EDUCATION
Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. A. Rodchenko, Margo Ovcharenko class, 2022
Artistic Research Laboratory More than a Project, 2021
Intensive course on photobook design, teacher Nicholas Polli (Ciao!Press publishing house, Switzerland), PhotoDepartment.Institute, 2019.

SOLO EXHIBITION
2023 Behind the authorship boundaries, WöD, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2023 I cannot prove that my conception is right, yet that is my religion, Center424, Belgrade, Serbia
2022 Find a shadow on a Saturday afternoon, Klu Estate, Glebovo, Russia

GROUP EXHIBITION:
2023 Tripiedo Cool All over Belgrade, KC Grad Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
2023 Colour Exhibition, The Glasgow Gallery of Photography CIC, Glasgow, UK
2022 Authorship boundaries in the shadow of chance, Antonov Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Pennlab, Moscow, Russia
2022 Constructor , 1.201 space, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2021 Abreast pavilion at The Wrong Biennale, Portugal, online

RESIDENCIES
2023 Belgrade AIR, Belgrade, Serbia

FESTIVALS
2023 Edinburgh Zine Festival, Edinburgh, UK
2022 GROUND zine fest, GROUND Solyanka gallery-workshop, Moscow, Russia
2022 Nizina Fest, a project about self publish culture Nizina, Samara, Russia

OTHER
Chislennichek, printed formation, art tear-off calendar, 2023
Highlights book in the MMOMA fund, 2023

Actively participates in international exhibitions in Russia and worldwide.
Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Gala Mashanova "Pillar", 2023
Installation, wood, acrylic, colored pencils, mirror, 40 cm x 19 cm x 15 cm
CONCEPT
In the modern world, emigration is becoming increasingly common.

For many people, moving to another country means not only changing their place of residence but also adapting to new living conditions, transforming their mindset, and completely reappraising their values in a new environment.

In such a dynamic and unstable time, artists face difficulties in adapting, self-identification, and finding their place in a new society.

Immigrant artists must reconsider their creativity, find new ways to express their art, and also search for new materials to replace the familiar ones.

My project is about rebuilding oneself for a new reality, literally reuniting with one's inner self, searching for new accessible forms of expression, and exploring one's visual language in the light of new circumstances.

ARTIST STATEMENT
My artistic journey to find place of my own started in early high school years, through passion for music, being a drummer in amateur grunge band, to interior designer and later art teacher. During these periods I tried myself in various fields of art and mediums, from watercolour to pottery, acrylic paintings. By learning the techniques of different mediums, I’ve developed my own library of effects and tricks, which I’m constantly experimenting with in my works. The main focus of my work is to explore and express the emotions and impressions, which I experienced with my personal life, with my travelling, my own emotions and insights. Drawing inspiration from all the things surrounding me on the everyday basis, exploring the visual relationship of urban textures and motifs of nature. Conveying current mood and emotion, through a form of my artistic expression being as purest as possible

Gala Mashanova

Contemporary Artist

My artistic journey to find place of my own started in early high school years, through passion for music, being a drummer in amateur grunge band, to interior designer and later art teacher. During these periods I tried myself in various fields of art and mediums, from watercolour to pottery, acrylic paintings. By learning the techniques of different mediums, I’ve developed my own library of effects and tricks, which I’m constantly experimenting with in my works. The main focus of my work is to explore and express the emotions and impressions, which I experienced with my personal life, with my travelling, my own emotions and insights. Drawing inspiration from all the things surrounding me on the everyday basis, exploring the visual relationship of urban textures and motifs of nature. Conveying current mood and emotion, through a form of my artistic expression being as purest as possible

Gala Mashanova

Contemporary Artist

BIO

Born in 1982 in Moscow.

EDUCATION
Moscow Institute of Art and Industry, Design of Architectural Environment, 2012

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2022 — The Similarity of Opposites, National Library of Tatarstan, Kazan, Russia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021 — Cut&Clay Fest, Gallery "Na Peschanoy", Moscow, Russia
2023 —Art&Brut, gallery "Color Block", Moscow, Russia
2023 — Go to the next level, Belgrade, Serbia
2023 — Russian contemporary artists in Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
2024 — Changing Horizons, Gradska Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia

Actively participates in international exhibitions in Russia and worldwide.
Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Jenny Gorokhova "Страни словицы", 2023
Sculpture, expanded polystyrene, acrylic, 6 tablets 30 cm x 30 cm
CONCEPT
Being in Serbia, I discovered an amazing ability in myself - to speak three languages at the same time. It was a curious adaptation to a new language where gaps in knowledge were filled with words from my native language and English. Sometimes, I noticed that I was changing the stress in Russian words or adding the suffix -tsa, which is more common in Serbian speech. After that, I always had the feeling that the Serbs would immediately begin to understand me and I would assimilate faster. This is how my new personal language appeared.

When I saw the floor tile in the yard with a pattern that resembled an elegant ornate letter or hieroglyph, I became interested. In my project, I decided to use this "letter" to create my own alphabet, and it became the first one, setting the tone for all the others.

Using these letters, I wrote the word "Jenny" - my name.

I really wanted to "fit in" in Belgrade, and I did it LITERALLY, though in a made-up language.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Женя работает на стыке живописи, иллюстрации и скульптуры, в ее работах всегда присутствует сложная фактура, и акцент невольно смещается с сюжета на цвет, фактуру и композиционную динамику, что делает второстепенное главным. В ее работах реальность ускользает, художница запечатлевает ее в последний момент, перед тем как она не превратилась необратимо в абстракцию.

Color and irony and play— are the main characteristics of my work.

Different things can become elements of the game—starting from the absolute beauty of my daughter to the nuances of building democracy in the post-Soviet space, but it is always what concerns me at a specific moment in time.

How the elements connect and intertwine is determined by the creative process—the game itself, so I never know the final result, for me, it is only a partially controllable process.

Jenny Gorokhova

Contemporary Artist

Женя работает на стыке живописи, иллюстрации и скульптуры, в ее работах всегда присутствует сложная фактура, и акцент невольно смещается с сюжета на цвет, фактуру и композиционную динамику, что делает второстепенное главным. В ее работах реальность ускользает, художница запечатлевает ее в последний момент, перед тем как она не превратилась необратимо в абстракцию.

Color and irony and play— are the main characteristics of my work.

Different things can become elements of the game—starting from the absolute beauty of my daughter to the nuances of building democracy in the post-Soviet space, but it is always what concerns me at a specific moment in time.

How the elements connect and intertwine is determined by the creative process—the game itself, so I never know the final result, for me, it is only a partially controllable process.

Jenny Gorokhova

Contemporary Artist

BIO

Born in 1989 in Voronezh, Russia.

EDUCATION
Voronezh University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, 2012

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2023 YOU ARE HERE, gallery "4SE Marina", Belgrade, Serbia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 exhibition of works by the Zagorodny studio "Ah, at Inber", House of Architects, Voronezh, Russia
2018 International Festival of Illustration "Mors", Bakery №9, Moscow, Russia
2021 regional youth exhibition, Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists of Russia, Voronezh, Russia

Actively participates in international exhibitions in Russia and worldwide.
Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Julia Shlenskaya "Migrant", 2023
Installation, body of a pig, small bag, travel boots, boarding passes, 200 cm x 100 cm x 100 cm
CONCEPT
"It seems so easy for you there! The sea is close, the sun, fresh fruits, and euros!"

Often, one can hear that migrants are lucky. They are lucky to live in a country where there is no winter, where salaries are in euros, ripe fruits are available year-round, and the sea is as close as a weekend getaway. Europe is within arm's reach, with a 50 euro ticket. It feels like a year-long vacation. It all sounds so appealing.

But there's another side to the story. No money for rent and food, surviving on an income six times lower, and now paying for housing that used to be free.

And when your shoes wear out, you don't buy new ones; instead, you head to the tailor with them and your torn dress, which has seen many seasons.
And the job hunt consumes so much time and energy that thoughts of cooking for a luckier migrant or looking after their children start creeping in.

And sometimes, you're torn between staying or returning.

And your thoughts of muscled Serbian men and women constantly drift towards reflections on what “homeland”
really means. Where is it? Where will it be? Is it here or somewhere else? It's a choice you'll have to make. Or perhaps, it’s time to return home. But where is that home?

And your reputation, status, and achievements remain somewhere back there, while here, you grapple with feelings of guilt and shame for everything.

And then there's the question: Is who I am now what I wanted for myself? Who or what led me to this point? Is my current situation a result of my actions or merely a consequence of circumstances?

And even as an adult, you still need someone mature.

And every day, as you wake up, you question whether you're doing everything right. And there's no clear answer.

Well, yes, there it is, +30°C at the end of September...

ARTIST STATEMENT
I am a conceptual artist in contemporary art and a filmmaker dedicated to studying the psychology of human relations. My knowledge in contemporary art was shaped at the British Higher School of Design under the guidance of Mikhail Levin. I often draw inspiration from everyday life, giving it a surrealistic tint. My diverse intellectual background in contemporary art, mathematics, and psychology contributes to shaping a unique style in conceptual and contemporary art.

Studying directing and editing under the guidance of Sergey Ivanov, a collaborator of Alexander Sokurov, at the Moscow School of New Cinema noticeably enriched my artistic journey. This experience added depth to my exploration of the human psyche and storytelling in the realm of conceptual art and filmmaking.

My video art and artistic installations, including large-scale works, are recognized at exhibitions in Russia and Serbia. Moreover, my original conceptual films, inspired by my cinematic education, are showcased at festivals worldwide, highlighting their uniqueness and impact.

Working with various mediums, including author cinema, video art, and installations, I strive to expand the boundaries of expression in art.

Julia Shlenskaya

Contemporary Artist & Curator

I am a conceptual artist in contemporary art and a filmmaker dedicated to studying the psychology of human relations. My knowledge in contemporary art was shaped at the British Higher School of Design under the guidance of Mikhail Levin. I often draw inspiration from everyday life, giving it a surrealistic tint. My diverse intellectual background in contemporary art, mathematics, and psychology contributes to shaping a unique style in conceptual and contemporary art.

Studying directing and editing under the guidance of Sergey Ivanov, a collaborator of Alexander Sokurov, at the Moscow School of New Cinema noticeably enriched my artistic journey. This experience added depth to my exploration of the human psyche and storytelling in the realm of conceptual art and filmmaking.

My video art and artistic installations, including large-scale works, are recognized at exhibitions in Russia and Serbia. Moreover, my original conceptual films, inspired by my cinematic education, are showcased at festivals worldwide, highlighting their uniqueness and impact.

Working with various mediums, including author cinema, video art, and installations, I strive to expand the boundaries of expression in art.

Julia Shlenskaya

Contemporary Artist & Curator

BIO

Born in 1993 in Moscow.

EDUCATION
HSE, Product Development and Portfolio Management, Qualification Enhancement, 2024
British Higher School of Design, Contemporary art, 2022
British Higher School of Design, "Trends, partnerships, strategies in art and culture", 2022
MSNC, Film Editor, Sergey Ivanov’s graduating class, 2022
MSNC, Film Director, Dmitry Mamuliya’s graduating class, 2021
Benefis, Acting classes, 2019

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2024 Echoes of Family Relations 2024, installation titled "Identification", KC Dorćol, Belgrade, Serbia
2024 The Choice of Art Bureau 15, photographs with alternative printing titled "Moscow" and "One life story...", KC Dorćol, Belgrade, Serbia
2023 Go to The Next Level, installation titled "Migrant", Cumicevo sokace, Belgrade, Serbia
2023 The Skin of Time, video installation titled "Inscrutable ways", KC Magacin Ostavinska, Belgrade, Serbia
2022 Humgat, video and sculpture installation titled "Luby", Cube, Moscow, Russia
2022 Transformation, video installation titled "Inscrutable ways", Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
2022 Fairy tales about tomorrow, performance "Nothing will be changed tomorrow", Moscow, Russia
2022 Ontology, film "A little bit about vital", Artplay, Moscow, Russia
2022 Here and now, installation "Destruction and resurrection", Artplay, Moscow, Russia
2021 Personal and social, installation "Mirror of a compulsive overeating disorder", Artplay, Moscow, Russia

Actively participates in international exhibitions in Russia and worldwide.
Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Katia Ablamskaya "The Man Who Doesn't Exist", 2023
Textile art object, reinforcing mesh, metallized film, polypropylene ropes, wires, nylon, plastic, 100 cm x 200 cm
CONCEPT
The textile art object "The Man Who Doesn’t Exist" is a reflection on the theme of mass immersion into digital reality. Smartphones have become an extension of our hands, headphones are stuck in our ears forever. We are losing the ability to truly see and feel
because we have become used to seeing the world through a phone camera.

We enter the world of virtual space because we want to escape from the reality that surrounds us. We create a virtual life and virtual reality that we believe we can control. This escape can be considered as a kind of “Transition to the next level.” However, the next level does not mean it is a better level. In the world of digital reality, one can easily dissolve. It has not been long enough for humanity to be able to track how the World Wide Web affects
our consciousness, our relationships, our work, and our lives in general.

This virtual world is unreliable, artificial, and “plastic”, it lacks real things. It is a constant news stream, a mixture of fake and true information, a visual noise of bright images, annoying advertising, false expertise, manipulation, and imposed values.

How can we live in this new complex world and not lose ourselves?

ARTIST STATEMENT
Я вижу себя, как enfant terrible ткачества. Поэтому ставлю своей задачей делать все, что "запрещено" в шпалерной практике.
Меня зовут Катя Абламская.

Я родилась в Москве в 1992г. Мои детство и юность прошли в Крыму. Море, бескрайние степи и непосредственная близость Античной культуры наложили свой отпечаток на мое мировоззрение и восприятие прекрасного. На осознанный выбор
творческой специальности повлияла Школа искусств им.Сердюка (г. Керчь), в которой я училась с 1998-2007гг.

В 2016г. окончила Московскую государственную художественно-
промышленную академию им. С. Г. Строганова, кафедра «Дизайн-текстиль».

Мне изначально было скучно ткать шерстяной пряжей, поэтому я всегда была в поиске материалов, которые могут превратиться в удивительные фактуры. После учебы я продолжила эксперименты в области текстильного искусства.

С 2014 года я активный участник выставок Московского Союза Художников, в 2018г была принята в Ассоциацию декоративного искусства МСХ.

Сотрудничаю с галереей Atelier Choutko (г. Москва).
Весной 2022г переехала в Белград.
Работы находятся в частных коллекциях в России, Франции, Португалии и США.

Публикации в журналах: Interior+Design, Своды-ГЭС2, Design Mate, Seasons, Именно, Афиша.

Katia Ablamskaya

Contemporary Artist

Я вижу себя, как enfant terrible ткачества. Поэтому ставлю своей задачей делать все, что "запрещено" в шпалерной практике.
Меня зовут Катя Абламская.

Я родилась в Москве в 1992г. Мои детство и юность прошли в Крыму. Море, бескрайние степи и непосредственная близость Античной культуры наложили свой отпечаток на мое мировоззрение и восприятие прекрасного. На осознанный выбор
творческой специальности повлияла Школа искусств им.Сердюка (г. Керчь), в которой я училась с 1998-2007гг.

В 2016г. окончила Московскую государственную художественно-
промышленную академию им. С. Г. Строганова, кафедра «Дизайн-текстиль».

Мне изначально было скучно ткать шерстяной пряжей, поэтому я всегда была в поиске материалов, которые могут превратиться в удивительные фактуры. После учебы я продолжила эксперименты в области текстильного искусства.

С 2014 года я активный участник выставок Московского Союза Художников, в 2018г была принята в Ассоциацию декоративного искусства МСХ.

Сотрудничаю с галереей Atelier Choutko (г. Москва).
Весной 2022г переехала в Белград.
Работы находятся в частных коллекциях в России, Франции, Португалии и США.

Публикации в журналах: Interior+Design, Своды-ГЭС2, Design Mate, Seasons, Именно, Афиша.

Katia Ablamskaya

Contemporary Artist

BIO

Born in 1992 in Moscow.

EDUCATION
School of Arts named after S.G. Serdyuk, Kerch, 2007
Moscow State Art and Industrial Academy named after S.G. Stroganova, 2016.

GROUP EXGIBITIONS
2023 ESC, Smol Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
2023 EVOLUTION OF WEAVING, Atelier Choutko, Moscow, Russia
2022 Art MOSOW, Gostiny Dvor, Moscow, Russia
2021 Texture, shape, image, Atelier Choutko, Moscow, Russia
2021 Unity of Dissimilars, Moscow House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
2018 Decorative art of Moscow, Moscow House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

RESIDENCIES
2021 ART BOOST Residence, Online school GET ART FIT
2017 Art forum Tavrida, Sudak, Crimea
2015 Picturesque plein air, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia
2010 Artistic plein air, Lviv, Ukraine

PUBLICATIONS
2023 "Arts and Crafts", Interior+Design
2023 "In the mode of autonomous significance", Svody GES2
2022 "8 Contemporary Textile Artists"Design mate
2022 "There’s a whole world in a frame: tapestries by artist Katya Ablamskaya", Seasons Life
2021 "Weave fate. Textile artist Katya Ablamskaya", Imenno
2020 "Katya Ablamskaya. Wild textiles", podcast "Not idle"
2018 "Who weaves tapestries in the 21st century", Afisha

OTHER
2018 Member of Moscow Union of Artists, Association of Decorative Arts Artists

Actively participates in international exhibitions in Russia and worldwide.
Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Maria Djuricic "Conflict of interest", 2023
Quadriptych; paper, pencil; 25 cm x 30 cm
CONCEPT
"Interpersonal boundaries are the rules and limitations we establish in our interpersonal relationships," as Google puts it. When these boundaries are violated, conflicts inevitably arise, either remaining internal or manifesting externally.

So, how can we build harmony in our relationships and maintain them in the long term? Why is it so challenging for a person in conflict to remember their positive feelings toward their conversational partner, their love for them and their value, while at the same time acknowledging negative emotions such as anger and irritation, which are equally important feelings for self-preservation and internal interests?

Nature, however, has already accounted for this. It vividly demonstrates how incompatible things can come together to create harmony. Sweet strawberries with salty cheese and
mold, ice cream on a hot day, man and woman, soft with hard, Muslims and Christians in one family, black lines on a blank sheet.

In this work, lines have a life of their own; they possess strength, character, shape, angularity. Somewhere they collide with a lot of "air", and somewhere they encounter its absence. Looking at it, we can see with our own eyes that assembling the diverse into a
whole, harmonious, deep, and beautiful is indeed possible!

ARTIST STATEMENT
My artistic creation explores the boundaries between reality and imagination, combining traditional techniques with contemporary expressions. I draw inspiration from nature, everyday life, and inner worlds that manifest through my works. Each piece I create is an attempt to convey deep emotion and connect with the viewer on a personal level.

Through my work, I explore themes of identity, social norms, and human vulnerability. I believe that art has the power to provoke thought, evoke feelings, and inspire change. My works are an invitation to reflection and dialogue, opening space for new perspectives and understanding of the world around us.

I am particularly fascinated by the theory of form and its application in art. I believe that form is not just an aesthetic element but a crucial tool for expressing ideas and emotions. I explore how different forms can influence the perception and interpretation of an artwork, and how they can communicate with the viewer on various levels. By playing with proportions, lines, and structures, I strive to create works that are visually intriguing and intellectually stimulating.

Beauty is another significant aspect of my work. I believe that beauty lies in the harmony between form, color, and composition. My goal is to create pieces that not only please the eye but also evoke a sense of awe and contemplation. For me, beauty is not superficial; it is deeply rooted in the complexity and subtlety of the world around us. Through my works, I aim to depict that complexity and allow the viewer to enter a world where beauty serves as a bridge between the real and the imaginary.

Visual experience is a central element of my creation. I strive to create works that engage the viewer not only intellectually but also sensually. Each composition is carefully designed to guide the eye through layered scenes, playing with light, shadow, and color to create a dynamic and evocative space. My goal is for the viewer to experience my work on multiple levels, discovering new details and meanings with each new look.

Additionally, I am deeply inspired by the flow of life energy that permeates all things. This vital energy, often felt but unseen, infuses my work with a sense of movement and dynamism. I seek to capture this energy and translate it into visual form, creating pieces that resonate with the viewer's own sense of vitality and interconnectedness with the world around them. This flow of life energy is a constant source of inspiration, guiding my creative process and imbuing my work with a living, breathing presence.

Maria Djuricic

Contemporary Artist

My artistic creation explores the boundaries between reality and imagination, combining traditional techniques with contemporary expressions. I draw inspiration from nature, everyday life, and inner worlds that manifest through my works. Each piece I create is an attempt to convey deep emotion and connect with the viewer on a personal level.

Through my work, I explore themes of identity, social norms, and human vulnerability. I believe that art has the power to provoke thought, evoke feelings, and inspire change. My works are an invitation to reflection and dialogue, opening space for new perspectives and understanding of the world around us.

I am particularly fascinated by the theory of form and its application in art. I believe that form is not just an aesthetic element but a crucial tool for expressing ideas and emotions. I explore how different forms can influence the perception and interpretation of an artwork, and how they can communicate with the viewer on various levels. By playing with proportions, lines, and structures, I strive to create works that are visually intriguing and intellectually stimulating.

Beauty is another significant aspect of my work. I believe that beauty lies in the harmony between form, color, and composition. My goal is to create pieces that not only please the eye but also evoke a sense of awe and contemplation. For me, beauty is not superficial; it is deeply rooted in the complexity and subtlety of the world around us. Through my works, I aim to depict that complexity and allow the viewer to enter a world where beauty serves as a bridge between the real and the imaginary.

Visual experience is a central element of my creation. I strive to create works that engage the viewer not only intellectually but also sensually. Each composition is carefully designed to guide the eye through layered scenes, playing with light, shadow, and color to create a dynamic and evocative space. My goal is for the viewer to experience my work on multiple levels, discovering new details and meanings with each new look.

Additionally, I am deeply inspired by the flow of life energy that permeates all things. This vital energy, often felt but unseen, infuses my work with a sense of movement and dynamism. I seek to capture this energy and translate it into visual form, creating pieces that resonate with the viewer's own sense of vitality and interconnectedness with the world around them. This flow of life energy is a constant source of inspiration, guiding my creative process and imbuing my work with a living, breathing presence.

Maria Djuricic

Contemporary Artist

BIO

Born in 1988 in Belgrade.

EDUCATION
Bachelor and master's studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Božidar Adžija, Belgrad Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 Centar, Gallery program
2021 Čumić Art Festival
2022 member of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia
2022 group exhibition of new members of ULUS, "Cvijeta Zuzorić", Art Pavilion

Actively participates in international exhibitions in Serbia and worldwide.
Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Marfa Mart "Lunch with a Scanner", 2023
Digital printing, polymer film, 25 cm x 25 cm
CONCEPT
A new country, a new city, a new home, a new method of photography, new habits, a new way of consuming food - all of this can be called a transition to a new level of perception.

What do you see in the photograph? It's food, but you see it as the bottom of a plate sees it. Natural lunch looks completely different now.

The series of works "Lunch with a Scanner" allows you to look at food from a different perspective, from the perspective of the plate's bottom. Before each meal, the food was scanned. An inverted plate was placed on the scanner, then scanned, and viewed on the monitor. Often, the result is not as one would imagine it. The three-dimensional image becomes two-dimensional, and the depth of field becomes minimal. Everything that was voluminous becomes flat.

This way of presenting a dish allows you to experience lunch differently, to awaken your imagination, and to ask yourself: "How does the bottom of my plate see my lunch?".

ARTIST STATEMENT
Работает в технике аналоговой фотографии, сканографии, мультиэкспозиции как на пленку, так и в цифровом формате.

Marfa Mart

Contemporary Artist

Работает в технике аналоговой фотографии, сканографии, мультиэкспозиции как на пленку, так и в цифровом формате.

Marfa Mart

Contemporary Artist

BIO

Nickname — Marfa Mart. Born in 1982 in Volgodonsk, Russia.

EDUCATIONS
Rostov State University, 2005
School of Academic Photography, Rostov-on-Don, 2018, 2019
Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, 2022

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022 Symmetry, Winzavod gallery, co-authored with Elena Shaimonova, Moscow, Russia
2022 Frequencies 3.0 The Magic of Super Technologies, Khodynka Gallery, BOLD(blood oxygen level dependent) co-authored with Elena Shaimonova, Moscow, Russia
2022 17, PENNLAB gallery, Red Room, Moscow, Russia

Actively participates in international exhibitions in Serbia and worldwide.
Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Moscow, Russia and Belgrade, Serbia.

Olga Pal "Reconstruction", 2023
Scuplture, shamotte, glazes, engobes, decal, mirror, 80 cm x 80 cm x 70 cm
CONCEPT
The composition "Reconstruction" depicts the city in a surreal manner. This work illustrates how reality is refracted in the observer's perception and becomes enriched with associations. People of the city fill it with their impressions, routes, graffiti on the walls of buildings, and they all come together to form a new picture. As a result, there is a transition to the next level of reality perception, where a foreign city becomes familiar and close. And
here we are, walking to a familiar cafе for a cup of our favorite coffee, taking the usual route.

This perception of the city is highly individual, based on subjective feelings, and therefore, it seems to float in the air, without grounding. Sometimes, the viewer can see their reflection
in this fragment of new reality. This reflection can take the form of writing on a wall, which turns out to be an answer to an inner question, a casual but timely encounter, or a sudden
coincidence when everything falls into place unexpectedly, as if by itself.

This composition also includes a personal story of getting to know Belgrade and falling in love with it. In my art, I have always felt a special tenderness for urban surfaces with traces of time, graffiti, and urban forms. And when I arrived in Belgrade, I discovered that I saw my favorite themes, textures, and objects all around me. This city turned out to be my place of power, an endless source of inspiration for my creative work.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Керамист.
Моя художественная деятельность началась с изучения гончарного дела в частной мастерской московских художников Татьяны и Александра Бузлановых. Через некоторое время мне стало тесно в рамках гончарных форм, и в поисках новых методов работы я пришла на курс Татьяны Пунанс, проводимый в мастерской ЭТПК “Воронцово” Союза художников России.
Через год после начала обучения я приняла участие в первой групповой выставке.

С переездом в Белград в мае 2022 года моя художественная и выставочная деятельность встала на паузу, однако к марту 2023 года я открыла свою керамическую мастерскую F5 Ceramics и вернулась к созданию собственных художественных проектов.

Керамика - мой способ создавать новые миры. Я люблю
придумывать группы объектов, это позволяет экспериментировать
внутри одной темы. Часто абстрактные формы превращаются в
одушевленных персонажей и между ними складываются свои
особенные отношения. Меня очень увлекает процесс выражения
своих фантазий в конкретных физических предметах. Таким
образом, все, что я могу представить, может стать реальностью, и
я не перестаю этому удивляться.

Меня особенно вдохновляют городские темы, силуэты домов,
фактуры стен со старой краской, блики в окнах. В индустриальном
пейзаже для меня много особенной красоты, графичности и
драматизма. Среди домов и улиц можно черпать множество
метафор для создания визуальных образов.

Тема города стала для меня особенно актуальной после переезда
в Белград. Для меня это очень живой город, с разнообразием
форм в архитектуре и многочисленными граффити. Обычная
прогулка по улицам Белграда приносит все новые идеи для моих
последующих работ.

Olga Pal

Contemporary Artist

Керамист.
Моя художественная деятельность началась с изучения гончарного дела в частной мастерской московских художников Татьяны и Александра Бузлановых. Через некоторое время мне стало тесно в рамках гончарных форм, и в поисках новых методов работы я пришла на курс Татьяны Пунанс, проводимый в мастерской ЭТПК “Воронцово” Союза художников России.
Через год после начала обучения я приняла участие в первой групповой выставке.

С переездом в Белград в мае 2022 года моя художественная и выставочная деятельность встала на паузу, однако к марту 2023 года я открыла свою керамическую мастерскую F5 Ceramics и вернулась к созданию собственных художественных проектов.

Керамика - мой способ создавать новые миры. Я люблю
придумывать группы объектов, это позволяет экспериментировать
внутри одной темы. Часто абстрактные формы превращаются в
одушевленных персонажей и между ними складываются свои
особенные отношения. Меня очень увлекает процесс выражения
своих фантазий в конкретных физических предметах. Таким
образом, все, что я могу представить, может стать реальностью, и
я не перестаю этому удивляться.

Меня особенно вдохновляют городские темы, силуэты домов,
фактуры стен со старой краской, блики в окнах. В индустриальном
пейзаже для меня много особенной красоты, графичности и
драматизма. Среди домов и улиц можно черпать множество
метафор для создания визуальных образов.

Тема города стала для меня особенно актуальной после переезда
в Белград. Для меня это очень живой город, с разнообразием
форм в архитектуре и многочисленными граффити. Обычная
прогулка по улицам Белграда приносит все новые идеи для моих
последующих работ.

Olga Pal

Contemporary Artist

BIO

Born in 1984 in Moscow.

EDUCATION
New Ceramics school, Tatiana Punans school,2020 and 2021

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022 Moving towards spring, gallery "Viktor Ivanov and the land of Ryazan", Ryazan, Russia
2021 White Christmas, House of Creativity of the Moscow Union of Artists, Tarusa, Russia
2021 Teacher and pupil, Moscow House of Amateur Arts, Moscow, Russia
2021 Kaleidoscopes. Pattern by city, Kuskovo Estate Museum, Moscow, Russia
2021 Glass and ceramics in an ancient park, Kuskovo Estate Museum, Moscow, Russia
2021 Group exhibition project "Avos", park-hotel "White Alley", Moscow region, Russia
2021 Unity of Dissimilars of Moscow branch of the Union of Artists, Moscow House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
2021 Bon appetit, gallery "Viktor Ivanov and the land of Ryazan", Ryazan, Russia
2021 4ceramics, Moscow, Russia
2021 White philosophy, Gallery "On Kashirka", Moscow, Russia
2020 online exhibition "It’s snowing", as part of the 4ceramics project
2020 Teacher and pupil, Moscow, Russia
2020 Moving towards spring, group installation participant at the festival 4ceramics, Moscow, Russia

Actively participates in international exhibitions in Serbia and worldwide.
Paintings are held in private collections.
Currently resides and works in Belgrade, Serbia.
CATALOGUERS

  • Julia Shlenskaya
    Exhibition curator
    Contemporary Artist & Curator,
    Belgrade
  • Maria Khomutskikh
    Catalog designer
    Graphic designer,
    Belgrade
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