Untitled (classroom chairs), 2014, 12 photographs, inkjet print, 40 x 60 cm
In his installations and multidimensional creations, Milorad Mladenović often intertwines visual art and architecture to tell a story about modernity and its reference to the current social situation. Mladenović strives to balance specific elements, aiming to steer attention, as thoroughly as possible, to different levels from which the problem of existence under modern living conditions can be observed.
The series of photographs Untitled (classroom chairs) shows partly dilapidated chairs from the faculty (school) inventory. The photographs document the traces that human intervention, use, and time have left on the chairs, showing these educational items as both monotonous and, at the same time, varied. The photographs are to scale, and captured in the unadulterated state they have been found in, which is also where the artist conducts the production and consumption of knowledge. The initial spark for this work ignited out of texts of contemporary French writer Michel Houellebecq.
Milorad Mladenović (1966, Belgrade, Serbia) graduated with a Master from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Faculty of Architecture of the University of Belgrade, where he has been working as an associate professor since 1995. He exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the field of visual art and architecture. He was co-author of many projects of the “Radionica 301” with the Faculty of Architecture, from 1996 until 1998, and part of the group for designing and education “Machin”, from 1999 until 2000. He was one of the founders of the Society for aesthetics of architecture and visual art of Serbia (DEAVUS) in 2008. He has produced a great number of works in the domains of visual arts and architecture, and exhibited in numerous exhibitions both domestically and abroad. He received several awards.