Born 1979 in Belgrade, Serbia
Lives and works in Belgrade.
Lines, Rows, Columns (Dormitory), 2016
Time-based, ambient installation
Production 56th October Salon, 2016
Naked male bodies, lying still and sideways, form a symetrical 5 x 5 metre composition. The scene is static except that every 30 minutes the figures shift their positions to change the side on which they are lying, a simulataneous movement that alludes to the changing of the guard in this formerly military building. Beside the bodies brightly coloured rugs are set in the same order and palm trees also add to the ambience. The lines and rows of rugs and bodies evoke a dormitory in the former military school. But this scene is also a metaphor for the intimacy of a bedroom in which the powerful presence of the nudes suggests lovers (in rows) that counteracts, perhaps, a personal vacum or hollow feeling of insufficiency. These figures (between 25 and 50 years of age) are at the peak of their physical power, but the supine posture of their bodies suggests tension because it signifies a loss of power and control. In spite of their order, their exposure and helplessness create an impression of sensuality within this space. Yet we wish to set and preserve order in all areas of life:in love, politics, personal life, state, military and power. The scene mutates and changes whenever the male nudes are present, then the void of absence is replaced by the fullness of their physical presence. During the exhibition participants come and go, taking their positions randomly without any timetable or schedule. This creates a dynamic but tentative state of visual and physical flux in which the spectator is unsure of what will be witnessed.