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ANĐELA GRABEŽ, selceted by Biljana Jotić. „SOMEONE“, video, in loop, 2019 - 2021. The video SOMEONE is a part of the project Nobody’s Room that began its life at the exhibition of its first part at Ozon Gallery in Belgrade in 2019, to be completed with the integral display Nobody’s House at the Gallery of the Cultural Centre of Belgrade in 2021. The subject of the video and the entire project is a story of identity, its foundations, variations, depictions, possibilities and origins. Someone is a film about the armour, the material we hide behind and use to create different realities in the centre of which we want to be. The armour seems to help us say our desires, fears and excitements aloud, more clearly and with more freedom, creating, at the same time, new delights and perspectives from where, being invisible, we can act more strongly, precisely and better. Is that so? The video is organised around the cast mask that is painted and made up on the face, the specific attempt of identity change, followed by other parts of the modern armour on the body of female identity - legs, posterior, breasts, neck, back, joints, made of lycra, nylon, wire, leather, impregnated paper, polished eco leather, rubber - materials from the vast assortment of the tools and forms of contemporary sculpture. Video content and editing is therefore more working on sculpture than on drama and that is how I see its place within Nobody’s Room - the visual characteristics of the film were conceived before the dramatic ones. Intentionally, the body without the armour is a part of the armour within the integral display and then becomes a tool to create a particular vision of sculpture. The plot of the video is within the domain of erotica (of physical love), that arts are so fond of, the domain simple to communicate yet very open and interesting to explore the essence, form and meaning of the concept of armour in today’s world. If an artist is allowed to ask from the audience how to perceive the work I would be glad to see that the video SOMEONE as an invitation to think about sculpture. And about oneself, in that respect.



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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