projects

1 July 2017

Heterotopia:
The Spaces of Otherness

Contemporary Balkan Art (CoBA) presents Heterotopia: The Spaces of Otherness, at the Serbian House, in London, 1 - 22 July 2017. The artists examine phenomena and discourses crucial for identification of various trends within the Serbian and regional art scene, largely contributing to the overall development of visual arts in Serbia. As a common determinant of their work is the desire to join the world market. In such an environment a new artistic practice has been created, offering the full autonomy of expression, but also implying responsibilities towards the future.

 

27 May 2017

Closing night of Interruption: MARINA ABRAMOVIC’S WALK THROUGH WALLS

It was the closing night of CoBA’s exhibition Interruption that took place from 6 April to 11 May at LIBRARY, London. To mark the occasion, Ana Russell-Omaljev, CoBA’s Creative Director, moderated a discussion on Marina Abramović’s latest book Walk through Walls, A Memoir, with her guests – Mary Richards, Reader in Theatre and the Vice Dean (Education) of College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences at Brunel University London and Duška Radosavljević, Reader in Contemporary Theatre and Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

 

6 April 2017

Interruption

CoBA presents their latest exhibition Interruption, at LIBRARY, St. Martin’s Lane, London. Interruption features over 40 paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and graphics, never exhibited in London, from 17 artists who will bring Balkan’s rich artistic philosophy to Great Britain. This exhibition extends CoBA’s focus on the individual creative work of contemporary Balkan artists, who are best known for their social commentary and unique understanding of various absurdities of modern life and politics.

 

22 January 2017

Artist in Conversation: Zolt Kovac

CoBA and GALLERY 106 are delighted to announce the Artist in Conversation event, which is an integral part of the current exhibition of Six Established Artists from the Balkans. Zolt Kovac is an artist engaged in changing social attitudes through reflection on the urban community. His work examines our all-consuming ‘rush’; the criteria that are being degraded; the idea of why we started this rush without challenging it critically. 

 

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CoBA and GALLERY 106 Joint Exhibition

Roman Djuranovic, Nemanja Golijanin, Tadija Janicic, Zolt Kovac, Iva Kuzmanovic and Petar Mirkovic

You are cordially invited to Contemporary Balkan Art (CoBA) and GALLERY 106 first joint collaborative exhibition. Show opens with the Private View on 7 December from 6.30 to 8.30pm and continues until 14 January 2017.

 

 

16 June 2016

Point of View

Roman Djuranovic, Tadija Janicic and Zolt Kovac

Contemporary Balkan Art presents its first exhibition of Balkan artists in hot spot The Library on London’s St. Martin’s Lane. Comprising elements of film, design, comic strips, photography and other media, ‘Point of View’ is a selective depiction of contemporary rituals, fragments of the current condition, and of roles and identities.

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15 July 2017

Balkan Art in Corporate Collections: The Case of Deutsche Telekom

By Yana Stancheva

Corporate patronage of the arts is not a new phenomenon; in fact, almost every global corporation owns art collections of some volume (the biggest one being that of Deutsche Bank). In 2016, pptArt, a crowd-sourced platform of art, organised the first Corporate Art Awards in Rome, in collaboration with LUISS Business School.

 

1 June 2017

Interview with Tadija Janicic

'I do not follow trends. There are many who do, but in my view, such an approach is not of long duration. It is unlikely that today’s artists can change anything, but at least they should be able to point out different problems, so they become apparent and generate further discussion. All artists tend to draw attention to themselves. The only problem is that some are much more concerned with the career proper and much less with artwork.'

 

5 May 2017

MONUMENTAL FEAR: Interview with photographer Jovana Mladenovic

'I have always been inspired by architecture. From my earliest fashion work, location has always played a very important role. Brutalism attracts me because it is so raw and because this provides me a lot of room for expression. Colours are often associated with particular feelings and careful colour selection can expand the emotional impact of my pictures.'

 

3 April 2017

Interview with Marija Sevic

'People are important in my artwork. They are placed in various situations across a number of interior and exterior backgrounds. The identity itself is something that I often deliberately hide, leaving enough room for the observer to recognise and imagine themselves inside it. It is scenes from an ordinary life of a contemporary person that I seek and that constantly lure me back to review them.' 

 

6 March 2017

Interview with Mirza Dedac

'Many artists from the Balkans are still expected to deal, as a specific focus of their work, with the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and with the related refugee crisis. I acknowledge that these are important issues, but this has also become the only lens through which we are perceived. Unfortunately, it seems that we cannot escape this blinkered external perception of us and understanding of our situation.'

 

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Interview with Petar Mirkovic

CoBA: Hi Petar, your drawings can largely be placed in the context of the aesthetics of Hollywood cinema. Have you ever attempted to imagine and direct scenes yourself and what has the process been like?
Petar: This goes back to my fascination with urban landscape, buildings and other concrete structures and, more generally, to the aesthetics of contemporary urban life.

 

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CoBA's Inaugural Exhibition
New Actionism and A Lot of Love 

By Alexandra Lazar

Contemporary Balkan Art has launched their London art initiative in the loft-like expanse of The Library in Covent Garden. Vividly fronted by three artists – Roman Djuranovic, Tadija Janicic and Zolt Kovac – and titled 'Point of View', the exhibition was an excellent taster for the current happenings of the Balkan art scene.

 

6 June 2016

Interview with Zolt Kovac

CoBA: Hi Zolt, you are well known as a socially engaged artist, pushing for change and speaking publicly about problems of Serbian society. Would you say that an artist should play such a role?
Zolt: There are different ways to using art. For me, its social component is extremely important. Someone else may look for other things in art and that is absolutely fine.