Works by Ivan Boskovic, Petar Mirkovic, Marija Stankovic and Ivan Zupanc. The exhibition displays a surprisingly playful handling of themes such as identity, society and religion, showing from four perspectives a current insight into the young and often unrecognised Serbian art scene.
Upstairs berlin is pleased to present the group exhibition Three Seconds of Serbia by Serbian artists Ivan Bošković, Petar Mirković, Marija Stanković and Ivan Zupanc. Three Seconds of Serbia shows from four perspectives a current insight into the young and often unrecognised Serbian art scene. The exhibition displays a surprisingly playful handling of themes such as identity, society and religion.
Ivan Bošković’s (*1977) installations, videos and drawings deal with the overall power of bureaucracy in Europe. People and personal destinies become an anonymous aggregate of numbers and data. As if frozen in time, focussing on the moment: that is how the contrasting black and white cars appear which are the guiding theme in Petar Mirković’s (*1978) photorealistic charcoal drawings.
Marija Stankovićs (*1980) „white“ paintings suggest an atmosphere of calmness and serenity, which with a closer look change into the opposite, revealing numerous layers of colours. In the style of glossy advertisting, Ivan Zupanc’s (*1980) photographs portray the ubiquity of the Orthodox Church in Serbia and play with the clichés of contemporary advertising aesthetics.
Serbia, a country with an eventful history. Borderlines and citizenships changed four times in the course of the last 30 years – the average age of the artists shown. The new Serbian art deals with political and personal situations, and brings into the present the ongoing and rapid changes. Everything seems to be in constant movement; nothing is assumed stable. Three seconds, which the human brain requires to decode and to process all incoming information, the present, turns into the only reliable moment.
Opening, Thursday, October 23, 2008 6 to 8 pm, 3rd floor
Upstairs Berlin Gallery
Zimmerstrasse 90/91, staircase A - Berlin
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