PERFORMANCE OF SERBIA AT THE PRAGUE QUADRIENNIAL OF SCENE DESIGN AND PERFORMING SPACE 2019
At the Prague Quadrennial 2019, the most important world event dedicated to scene design and perfoming space, Serbia presented itself with a national exhibition and a student section united by the theme of Self (construction) derived from the specific ideological, social, political, economic and cultural context of second half socialist society. 20th century, from the space and from the time when the work of an individual on himself was considered socially necessary and socially justified. Apart from the Self (construction) as a context, Serbia’s performance is also based on the concept of the Prague Quadrennial, which emphasizes the author’s approaches that develop scene design as a strong component of the overall artistic idea, and not as a subordinate or supporting discipline, is stated in the program text of the performance of Serbia, whose commissioners are art historian, museum advisor and director of the Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade Ljiljana Miletić Abramović and theorist of scene design and professor at the Faculty of Technical Sciences (FTN) in Novi Sad Tatjana Dadić Dinulović.
The national exhibition Works on the Scene, curated by costume designer Maja Mirković, visual artist Siniša Ilić and theater director Bojan Đorđev, was conceived through two equal selections – one is the realization of a collective work of art in which artists participate by invitation, and the other, View of the Scene, presents works selected at a public competition, with the task of providing an overview of scene design in Serbia, as well as the practice of local artists realized outside the country.
The student section Equilibrium was conceived as a joint artistic work of 12 students from different faculties in Serbia, selected through a public competition. This work, in the form of a performative installation, was created during a monthslong creative process in which students researched the topic of constructing a community and society through the construction of the individual. The curatorial team of the Student Section consisted of Romana Bošković Živanović (FTN Novi Sad), Mirko Stojković (Faculty of Dramatic Arts – FDA, Belgrade), Zora Mojsilović (Faculty of Applied Arts – FPU, Belgrade), Deneš Debrei (Academy of Arts – AU, Novi Sad), Milena Kordić (Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade) and Andrija Pavlović (New Academy of Arts, Belgrade).
Photos: Nemanja Knežević