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.
26 September 2017
Interview with Dragos Burlacu
'The transition, in its entirety, has been slow. Still, contemporary Romanian art has redefined itself; it became free in expression, while corresponding to the high academic standards of art schools. Both the Romanian visual art and cinematography after 2000 – largely inspired by realism of the Romanian society – have become very successful internationally (I primarily refer to the Cluj School of Art and the new wave of Romanian cinematography).'
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.'