11 / 4 - 26 / 5 / 2019
…After a decade of working and exhibiting outside Serbia, Selena Vickovic is presenting her art to the Belgrade audience in her solo show at the November Gallery. The selected paintings and drawings belong to the latest phase of her work that bears the maturity of the artistic expression acquired by years-long painterly experience and a curious fascination with motifs of toys and games. Carefully collecting toys from both her and her family members’ childhood, by purchasing them at various flea markets, the artist creates her personal little cabinet of rarities. In these old, once used, broken, dysfunctional, worn out toys, she finds fragments of other people’s memories and, through the reinterpretation of these fragments, gives them a new meaning with every new artwork she creates. The world of her toys is far from idealization of childhood and romantic nostalgia for good, old days. Quite the contrary, the artist reminds us of the ambivalent feelings that can be found in any memory of any time, and employs defamiliarization of her presentations to emphasize the fragility of memory and perception.
Ana Simona Zelenović, art historian