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
The authors of the show are our young artist Marija Avramovic currently living and working in Paris, and Sam Twidale from Hereford, England, who also lives and works in Paris. This unusual multimedia exhibition will enable visitors to, at least for a moment, get displaced from reality and go to a warm place, among tropical plants and beautiful pools, where, recently, a wild party took place.
November Gallery is pleased to present the first Belgrade solo exhibition of Selma Selman, a young Bosnian-Herzegovinian artist, activist and philanthropist of Roma origin who currently lives and works in New York.
Within her artistic practice, Selma deals with questions and topics such as identity, inherited socio-cultural prejudices and stereotypes, as well as emancipation, human rights, equality and ranges of humanity in the society we live in. Inspiration and legitimacy for her work the artist finds and draws from her own experiences and the life of her family. By contextualizing knowledge as part of inter-subjective process, Selma’s artistic approach could almost be regarded as epistemological.
He invited me to drop by, and I was wavering – it was a hot summer afternoon and I was moody. We’ve known each other all our lives, since birth. We’ve never had a fight, never let each other down. In the ‘70s we would spend summers together in Dubrovnik, first in Vis 2 on Lapad, then in Argentina inPloče. My mum and his dad were hood buddies born in the same year, they both attended First Belgrade Gymnasium and studied architecture. Our fathers are colleagues, his mother is from Split, a skilled photographer of exceptional beauty and a curious name – a portmanteau made of two words that means “star of the sea”. Our birthdays are only 52 days apart.
Ivan Grubanov, in his artistic practice, utilizes the media of painting, drawing and installation to explore the boundaries of art as a platform for social reassessments as well as recording and interpreting of history.
Radiant sun, vivid colors, sandy beaches, seaside, waves splashing against the shore and feeling of sublime joy are only some of the associations that bring summer to mind. No other season tolerates such fondness for clichés as summer does, and its enchanting atmosphere has always been inspirational to artists.
Born in 1986, is a Serbian artist currently based in New York.
Recently displayed at Whitney Museum, New York who has acquired one her artworks for its collection and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.
Serbian artist born in Belgrade 1988. Winner of the Clifford Chance Sculpture Award (2015) and the Griffin Art Prize (2016).