Painting, a Consequence of This Kind of Life

(Pavilion of the Republic of Serbia, Giardini, 2017)

  • “In a world full of conflicts and jolts, in which humanism is being seriously jeopardized, art is the most precious part of the human being.”

    Christine Macel, Director 57th International Art Exhibition Biennial of Venice - Viva Arte Viva
  • "Enclavia" is a joint venture of three different painters sharing a common denominator in their mastery of technique. Focused on the results of their processes, painted compositions are challenging platforms of perceptual diving into conditions of our world. Their diverse approaches heralds inside a technological era of screen opportunities, beliefs and illusions. Vladislav Scepanovic, Milena Dragicevic and Dragan Zdravkovic are each on one’s own, making a rich inventory of their attitudes and self-awareness of created imagery. The title ‘Enclavia’ derives from a title of adiminished Soth Slavic country and a notion of the name inscribed in art deco font in the early ‘30s still above the gates to the Pavilion. The experience of the world features the shattered dubious way of hierarchies, memory sensations, as well as the raising question of environmental, political and ethical pollution as well as the mere proofs of vital energy. To join VIVA ARTE VIVA concept at 57th Bienniel of Venice, their works were particularly indicative to a vast global examinations of our understanding as well as of transnational changes and alarming existential issues.

    Nikola Šuica

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Vladislav Šćepanović

Milena Dragicevic

Dragan Zdravković

Pavilion of the Republic of Serbia at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Enclavia – Painting, a Consequence of This Kind of Life

Participants: Vladislav Šćepanović – Milena Dragicevic – Dragan Zdravković
Commissioner: Slobodan Nakarada
Curator: Nikola Šuica
Organizer: The Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia
Supporter: Ministry of Culture and Information of Republic of Serbia
Exhibition opening: Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 12:00, the Pavilion of the Republic of Serbia, Giardini
Breakfast and conversation about art: Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 9:30, Residenza Ca’Malpiero, Castello 4852 30122 Venezia

The exhibition Enclavia at the Pavilion of the Republic of Serbia at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia offers piercing painterly in-depth forays stemming from personal intuitions on the volatility of the current era. Gathered around the title of this year’s Biennale (Viva Arte Viva), these three diverging personal expressions underscore a new strength of experience demonstrated by painters Vladislav Šćepanović, Milena Dragicevic, and Dragan Zdravković.

Three artists, each in his/her own right, display an awareness-laden approach in creating an image caught in the tight-spots of existence, encumbered by global transitional processes in economy and society, controlled wars and excessive migrations, the nature ever on a brink of a catastrophe, and distorted uses of historical memory. The domain of vitality in the productive effectiveness of the scenery is exemplified by the work of two painters permanently residing in Serbia (Vladislav Šćepanović and Dragan Zdravković), or the artist with the global experience of living in diaspora (Milena Dragicevic). A focused selection of their works under the title Enclavia portrays the positions of the authors whose approaches constitute a challenging testimonial of the changes in the 21st century that are already underway. For the authors in the Serbian Pavilion, through the subtitle “Painting, a Consequence of This Kind of Life”, in its vision and self-determination the act of painting is a reflection of a strong mental and sensational stand against media and consumerist force that anesthetize the crave toward conquering the spaces of freedom.

Vladislav Šćepanović incorporates in his works various aspects of photography, video, digital zoom, advertising banner, testifying to dysfunctional control or conceptual elusiveness. Milena Dragicevic produces an amalgamation of parts of the material civilization in the works included for the past fifteen years in relevant anthologies of contemporary art of painting. The sceneries painted by Dragan Zdravković are a crystallization of inner world, technologically advanced interiors control, and insight into secretive systems.

The exhibition is purposefully entitled Enclavia, since it is a continuation of the tension of general geopolitical standpoints, and it is situated at the original pavilion, founded by the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the place which has decades long history of presenting selected art from the Yugoslav socialist federation. The paintings by these authors transform the rectangular space of the Pavilion of the Republic of Serbia, as a structural exposition of political, situational and existential circumstances of our time.

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