14-15 September 2019
Storytelling in the Post-Yugoslav Context
Contemporary Balkan Art welcomes you to a festival of Southeast European documentary film (IKEA for YU, Occupied Cinema, Nebeska tema, Born Just Now, Naked Island and Honeyland) and photography exhibition (Katja Goljat, Jelena Jankovic, Marija Jankovic, Imrana Kapetanovic, Boryana Katsarova, Sanja Knezevic, Glorija Lizde, Lazara Marinkovic, Dijana Muminovic, Mia Novakova, Andjela Petrovski, Roxana Pop, Senja Vild, Marcella Zanki and Jelena Zigic).
28 May 2019
Between Homeland and Hostland
Contemporary Balkan Art and Spotlight Theatre invite you to the screening of Landslide, a documentary about immigrant experiences, and a discussion about destigmatisation strategies among Serbian Londoners in digital media environments. In addition to talking about their own trajectories, the speakers Helena Ivanov and Sanja Vico will look at the trajectory of the diaspora and expressions of nationalism and cosmopolitanism.
5-6 October 2018
(Post-)Yugoslav Heritage and Architecture
Contemporary Balkan Art welcomes you to the Southeast European Future Festival on (post-)Yugoslav culture, heritage and identity. Join us for panel discussions (Cultural Diplomacy and National Branding, The Story of Yugoslavia and its Cultural Heritage, and Toward a Concrete Utopia at MoMA), film screenings (Unwanted Heritage and Musical Traumas) and music performances (Lady Jelena and Nina Romic)!
19 April 2018
The Model as Chimera: Surrealism in Fashion
Fashion is a chimerical creature. It takes many guises, and fashion models, as actors, must assume a different role many times over to fulfill the expectations put upon them – half woman, half fantasy creature. There has always been a close connection between fashion and art, possibly most famously in the time of Surrealism, when designers like Elsa Schiaparelli collaborated with artists of the period such as Meret Oppenheim and Salvador Dali, and Surrealist photographers such as Man Ray worked with top fashion models such as Lee Miller.
22 February 2018
(Dis-)Continuities in Post-Yugoslav Art Space
Contemporary Balkan Art is delighted to present the latest in its Conversations series with Marko Ilic PhD, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at UCL School of South-East European Studies. Marko will be in conversation with Ana Russell-Omaljev PhD, Creative Director of CoBA.
5 January 2018
CoBA's First Intern
CoBA welcomes Jovana Stulic as its first intern. She is currently completing her BA in Fine Arts at St. Joost Art Academy, the Netherlands. Jovana came across CoBA while researching the representation of Balkan art in Europe. She lives and works in Amsterdam. While with CoBA, Jovana will write about artists as foreigners and organise an event to represent and introduce CoBA to the Amsterdam cultural scene.
25 December 2017
CoBA at UCL in December
Continuing UCL Ex-Yu Society’s “Conversation with…” series Ana Russell-Omaljev and Branislav Radeljic talk about their paths to CoBA, its history and the idea behind its creation. Their initial idea was to engage people through art. The conspicuous absence of state efforts to promote culture from Ex-Yugoslav states left an unmet need.
1 July 2017
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
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.
7 December 2016
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.