22 / 7 - 29 / 8 / 2021
A group exhibition entitled Summer Vibes: In corpore sano will be on view at Novembar Gallery from July 22 to August 29, 2021. Nikola Dimitrović, Dunja Đolović, Aleksandra Branković, Kosta Đuraković and Anastasija Pavić tackle topics concerning the way we relate to bodies, bodily expressions, sexuality and identity with works in different media ranging from photography to video and interactive installations.
The artists raise different questions: how the discourse of a desirable and healthy body affects our own perceptions of corporeality? What the acceptance of our own body and its socially constructed or physically conditioned “imperfections” entail? What are the attitudes of those with non-normative sexuality towards the body and how is one’s own identity, corporeality and sexuality re-examined in and through art.
In the exhibition catalog, curator Ana Simona Zelenović explains:
This exhibition aims to point out a new perspective of observing the body. It insists on the ability to accept and see the body as “healthy” regardless of differences and imposed discourse. To see the body as an integral part of being and not something that is exclusively a source of “errors.” In her collages, Dunja Đolović lyrically presents the process of accepting the body as it is through blossoming, blooming, the reacceptance of one’s body identity through its contextualization in nature. Ironically, the exhibition also aims to criticize the discourse that produces supposedly “healthy bodies” but in fact destroys the bodily integrity of individuals through systemic violence against the body. As we see in the works of Anastasia Pavić and Nikola Dimitrović, the body is shaped by discourse, discourse produces both desire and sexuality, our bodies and their behaviors are socially constructed with different markers. Their works are an attempt to re-examine the process of that construction and its consequences in a self-ironic and critical way towards society. The works of Kosta Đuraković show us a male view of the male body, while in the works of Aleksandra Branković we come across a female view of the female body. Thus, the exhibition also seeks to express the otherwise silenced or marginalized voices of queer artists in institutions, or those who tackle queer topics.