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MILENA JOVICEVIĆ, selected by Nela Gligorović. „MEN'S GAMES, OVER AND OVER AGAIN“, wood, metal, plastic, 50 x 10cm x 100cm, 2020. Three oversized sculptures, reminiscent of table football figures, constitute the subject of this work. Unlike popular expectations, however, these figures make a difference: they represent female rather than male players. Here they are appropriated with an intention to problematise the perpetually unresolved issue of gender inequality in Montenegro, which continues to shape its society even nowadays. The work is a commentary on traditional viewpoints and attitudes carved by centuries-long matrices of common thinking, behaviour and social relations that have been predominantly formed by an omnipresent - and also, "oversized" - rule of patriarchy. This is the reason why the jerseys, worn by female players as shown hereby, work towards undressing and baring naked (over and over again) popular yet powerful stereotypes according to which a woman is doomed to remain fixed to prescribed social roles and positions, objectified and without any opportunity to either complain or invert given conditions in her own favour. To expose the iconographic complexity of those conditions, converging towards the same point of perspective - regardless of their outward appearance, the work puts forward three models as three conventions, distinguished merely on the surface but essentially the same. One of the players personifies a traditional woman, understood as a Good wife and mother, who takes care of her household and her family. Her jersey consists of a long skirt, whereas her head is veiled by an indispensable scarf, the inimitable sign of her humbleness - and her submissiveness, too. Another player looks like a silicone-inflated doll accessory, reduced to a mere object of male sexual desire. Her jersey is barely noticeable, making her look almost undressed – and ready-to-use. The last of them is a working woman: obsessed with her career, she is dressed in a strictly female business suit. Whatever they tend to showcase by wearing their typical outfits, they keep forgetting - or ignoring - one simple element: the game they take part in has not been fair from the very beginning, which creates an absurd situation plagued by conflicts - among themselves. They play a male game, according to male rules, and one against the other. There is no visual or material reference of HIS presence during the game, but HE is the only one who scores points, Over and Over again.



Serbia - Montenegro - Croatia - Slovenia - North Macedonia

This exhibition gathers twenty-five female visual artists from the region of Western Balkans, that is territories of Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and North Macedonia. Through liaison of female curators and female artists we raise awareness of the female angle of observation and reaction to reality, in the creativity field of life. In direct contact with artistic processes, living creative energy, the role of us curators is in the process of the observation, gathering, capturing the present and documenting it. The two exhibitions „Women about women“ (touring and residential), both in real and virtual spaces, in the physical reality and virtual reality will be testimony of that. Why woman? Because only a woman knows what and how she feels. Why about woman? Because a woman is a subject not an object. Why art? Because it is closest to the truth. Why region? Because of the need to network. Why project? To testify of present and carry the message. The topic of women is not new. Throughout the history of art, women have been and remain an inexhaustible motif. The inspiration of a woman in a specific way carries antipodes and rests somewhere on the line between borderline feelings towards her. Woman is a living organism and the best witness of our existence. Time flows and thoughts change, and so does the role of women in society. This exhibition is dedicated to the topic of women, yet by women. It raises the question from the inside to the outside, about of her inner states of being. That is why it is an immediate and concrete, raw theme that opens up to the observer in direct communication. It is not a close form of one’s vision but a moment of expressing a woman’s emotion in the process. Noting that the topic of women is very present in the art now, the artistic need to express women as active participants, and not the subject of worship or hatred, beauty or ugliness, lust or fear, this exhibition seeks to affirm the new context of observation from reality, not just from theory. Focusing on the above, it aims to provide insight into the female aspects of creativity today, to testify and document the present and activate the question of the extent to which the role of women in art is shaped by society and vice versa, how society affects women’s creativity. We are witnesses that there have always been women who appear as individuals and leave an indelible mark in history and society, and this exhibition carries a message from the present. Exhibition „Women about women“ is a part of the international project with multiple activities, implying the direct connection between art and social reality. The project starts from art because art is closest to the truth and most open to the experience and further communication. The selection of artists clearly indicates a combination of different forms of artistic expression from the same basis – the echo of the inner female being and the need to release the power she carries within herself, something as artistically shaped moan, scream, thoughts from which the idea was borned and formed the concept. In accordance with contemporary trends and new media the artists express themselves in a unique way in various media, from painting and drawing, through photography and sculpture forms and sculpture installation, videos to performance. Heterogeneity of visual expression is an inevitable phenomenon of the modern age, as well as the diversity of media in which or with which they are expressed. In addition to the media, diversity is also visible in different approach to the women’s identities in contemporary art, from forms through abstraction to the feminist artistic practices. This exhibition tends to give some answers to that. This first of two exhibitions Woman about woman includes artists pre-selected by non-institutional curators with years of experiences of curating practice from Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia. The selection for the future second exhibition will happen via the open call and will include more territory from European Union. Biljana Jotić, art director and initiator Selectors: Biljana Jotić, Serbia Sonja Švec Španjol, Croatia Nela Gligorović, Montenegro Anamarija Stibij Šajn, Slovenia Shquipe Mehmeti, North Macedonia

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