SETTING YOURSELF FREE
300 x 450 cm
This large piece of art by TKV was executed in the garden of a popular Belgrade café, Blaznavac. The piece that goes by the popular name ‘Set Yourself Free’ is a herald of the new cycle in her art. Going deep into oneself and finding out that you are the one that holds the power over your emotions and, hence, power to set yourself free, is a topic that has occupied her since this piece was made. It was also one of the artworks that set in motion new inspiration that would result in an exhibition that took place at the French Institute in Belgrade in 2017. That, in turn, created a further chain reaction that led to her collaboration on several projects with the French Institute in Belgrade that subsequently brought her the title of Knight of Arts and Letters in 2019. This title and medal are awarded by the French government to artists as a recognition of their significant contributions to the arts and literature. But this is not the only title she has been awarded. She was also a UN Women's Agent of Change in 2017.
Exhibitions with this piece
Loving Street Art Belgrade
While there is no substitute for looking at graffiti and street art in real life, it has become evident in recent years that new technologies can add an extra dimension to these art forms. At the end of 1990s, graffiti culture had already recognized the potential of the world wide web as a platform for this global movement to intertwine and cement its reign in urban settlements. One of the pioneering web sites, ArtCrimes.com, served as a gallery where one could see the artworks from all over the world. So, in the beginning, it was the culture itself that recognized the potential of what the digital revolution could bring. Since the mid-2000s and following the rise of street art, it has become obvious that not only graffiti culture and, consequently, street art, have had the need to document and share art on the streets, but that this has also become a favourite activity of those frequenting social networks. Next to cute cats, food porn and selfies, sharing photos of graffiti and street art has become extremely popular. However sociologists or psychologists interpret this phenomenon, it shows one thing clearly – people do notice and enjoy graffiti and street art. In this exhibition, let us explore the world of the digital content and a selection of the most popular artworks among social network users. One could ask why would this selection be relevant to the art world and what can this curatorial approach bring to the viewers? Well, the answer is simple – we wish to see if the audience picks just random ‘pretty’ things or whether there are more significant processes going on. Therefore, we are going to take the photos with the biggest number of views and likes on our organisations social media and organise them in groups so that they can be put in context and analysed. The outcome will be clear at the end of this virtual presentation. So, take one Level at a time, take the ‘wisdom potions’ on each Level and at the end of the exhibition you will have gained the ‘ultimate knowledge’. Enjoy!