Balkan Party

Aleksandar Dimitrijevic
Tadija Janicic
Marija Sevic


Curators: Daina Maja Titonel, Katarina Srnic

June 15 - July 29, 2017


Interview broadcast on TV RTS, July 4, 2017
[minute 1:02 and 10:57 / in serbian]



selected works

MAC Maja Arte Contemporanea is pleased to announce the first Roman exhibition of young Balkan artists Aleksandar Dimitrijevic, Tadija Janicic and Marija Sevic. Entitled Balkan Party, the exhibition presents ten paintings, most of which are in large format.

The three painters have chosen very different routes for their artistic investigation: from figurative to abstract art, from intimate portrayals to a satirical representation of contemporary man using cartoon-like strokes.

The starting point of Aleksandar Dimitrijevic's work is a collection of found incidental notes by unknown authors, keeping score for a variety game. Organized as a grid, the papers recorded the victories (+) and the losses (-), as well as each player's initials. By transcribing - and often transposing - the signs, Dimitrijevic legitimized them, creating an artistic archive, which he in turn used to question the trivial nature of contemporary life, of its games, and the relationships they produce.

Tadija Janicic ironically questions the moral fabric of contemporary life; he investigates its frailty and unveils its grotesque and paradoxical folds. His works are lively, animated by bright colors, patterns and cartoonlike features; they reveal flaws without judgment or mockery.

Marija Sevic, the youngest of the three artists, presents three large-scale works, all part of her latest series, Party. Her works stem from photographs, from which she extrapolates moments in her life and the lives of people close to her. The faces are often out of focus, placed against airy, immaculate sceneries, giving the viewer space to imagine him or herself in the settings, without being able to avoid the implicit voyeurism of close-ups.



SHORT BIOGRAPHIES

ALEKSANDAR DIMITRIJEVIC. Born in Uzice (Serbia) in 1977, where he lives and works today. Dimitrijevic graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Novi Sad (Serbia) and completed his postgraduate studies at the same faculty in 2010. His works have been on display in Amsterdam, Hannover, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Sarajevo, Vienna and in many cities in Serbia where he received numerous awards. His artworks are part of numerous private collections throughout Europe and America, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Vojvodina (Serbia) and the Cultural Center in Belgrade.

TADIJA JANICIC. Born in Niksic (Montenegro) in 1980. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Novi Sad (Serbia), where he lives and works. Janicic has exhibited in Belgrade, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Angeles, Novi Sad, Osaka (Japan), Östersund (Sweden), Paris, Strasbourg, Timisoara (Romania), Tokyo, Vienna. His artworks are part of numerous private collections throughout Europe and America, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad.

MARIJA SEVIC. Born in Arandjelovac (Serbia) in 1987. She graduated in Painting in 2011 at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade where she actually lives and works. As a scholar of the French government, she resided at l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, from October 2010 to February 2011 in the classes of professors Claude Closky and James Rielly. She exhibited in Belgrade, Brasilia, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, Sarajevo and Basel (Liste Art Fair). Sevic is part of U10, an artist-run space in Belgrade.