Period: 18.11. – 01.12.2016.
Authors: Sofija Modosanov, Katarina Marcetic i Danilo Mijatovic

In Stanley Lem’s 1961 novel, Solaris’s intelligent planet examines the subconscious of scientists who reside above it at the space station and investigate it. Solaris’s ability to manifest their secrets, fears, guilt, and worries in physical form. This philosophical sci-fi novel tells us about the anthropomorphic limitations of man, but also of the power of human consciousness so Solaris can interpreted as a metaphor of art that is the eternal manifestation of the subconscious in the physical world. Art can evoke our deepest fears, but also our most intimate secrets, memories, and feelings, both very directly and personally, to overcome intellectual and emotional barriers and become “better people” tomorrow.

Young artists from the Department of Photography at the Academy of Applied Arts will deal with the archetypal fear of death, feeling of loneliness, and love intimacy through installation, video work, and experimental photography.

Sofija Modoshanov was born in 1992 in Belgrade. He lives in the vicinity of Pancevo. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade, and she is currently a student of master studies at the same academy. In her two series of photos of Touch and Touch, Sofia approaches the touch in a subjective, microcosmic way. The feeling continues as continuing action – moving; the Touching series is more abstract than the first static series. Although the touch does not necessarily imply the presence of the Other, the touch is essentially related to two beings for it. What emphasizes the surpassing nature and metaphysical nature of the touch in Sofia’s photographs is the impossibility to distinguish who feels what equates the subject and object by merging them into one being without the recognizable beginning and end.

Katarina Marcetic was born in 1993 in Pancevo, the student of the fourth year of photography at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade. Participant of several group exhibitions where she exhibited graphics, pictures, and photographs. Catherine’s installation Obscurant puts us in a voyeur role from which we look at the grotesque little domains of the soul that hides behind our everyday lives. The actor whom we “spy on” has fallen into this cycle of hell because of laziness and lack of interest in achieving what is often a “lifestyle” in contemporary society. Although focusing our focus on sin and its outcomes, the Observant has received an aesthetic treatment such as in antiquity, for example, could have only virtue and this should tell us something about the society we live in. The visitor accompanied by an experimental series of prints generated by scanning a pair of scissors with automated scanning interventions during scanning to make as many variations as possible.

Danilo Mijatovic is a visual artist born in 1989 in Lazarevac. He currently lives and works in Belgrade where he completed his master studies at the Academy of Applied Arts. His work in fields of photography, drawings, graphics, and videos.  He has realized three independent and several group exhibitions and deals with internal conflicts, fears, and self-realization. In his video work The Great Events Sculpture Expands to the Gallery Space, Danilo allows us to inspect his introspective nightmare. This therapeutic two-minute video installation is surrealistic light and shadow game in which we get little insights into a dark and endless space that reminds ambiance of dreams or chaotic minds of consciousness. Here lie the fears of a future that inevitably ends in death, which is exactly the time when our time has come to know ourselves. Fear is the driving force of Danil’s inspiration, and the Great Events are to let fears lead him through the ambition of Cockta Le Sang d’un poet.