La Santa de Beograd, Savamala quarter by Giom Olbi Remed
“I have search some information, about the history and architecture of Belgrade. Then I learnt, that it has been destroyed and rebuild 38 times in her history.. So this ” santa” inspired from an icon of the city my friend sent me, has several hands and a hidden black face. Between her legs, an egg from which goes out life and civilization. One hand is holding it, protecting it…One other hand is sending lightening on the city to destroy it, but in her sleeve, there s a white flag of peace…One of her other hand, is holding her breast, as a mother giving milk, feeding the city…but hidden in her sleeve, a big gun, war weapon…Then the top hand, is also sending lightnings destroying the city, but from her sleeve, a free bird is going out to fly and spread peace !”, wrote Giom Olbi Remed.
Mural in 42 “Mekenzijeva” street by Vladimir Perić, 2009
In 1989 and 1990 students of Belgrade schools created most of the city murals, whereas in 1989 some large works were created during preparations for the 9th summit of non-aligned countries.
Another 14 murals were created as a result from the action “With character against violence” in 2008, based on the sketches of students of the Faculty of Fine Arts. The latest urban murals were created during the Belgrade Summer Festival (BELEF) in 2008 and 2009, among them are works of world-renowned artists of urban art (Alby Guillaume, Valerio Berutti, Blu, M-City), as well as eminent local artists Biljana Đurđević , Vladimir Perić, and many others. In addition, many new murals appeared in the circle of 2 and some of them in Savamala quarter within Mikser festival.
Mural in “Mileševska” 57 street by Biljana Djurdjević, 2009
Mural in 28 “Terazije” by Miodrag Protić, 1989
Mural the “Girl with umbrella”in Terazije
Mural in 16 “Durmitorska” street by Marijus Varas, 2009
Mural in 40 “Knez Mihailova” street by Ivan Rabuzin, 1989
Mural in 6 “Pop Lukina” street by Blu, 2009
Mural in 40 “Terazije” by Danica Basta, 1996
Mural in 43 “Terazije” by Ibrahim Ljubović, 1989
Mural at Plato by Vladimir Veličković, 1989
Mural in Savamala quarter by Aleksandar Maćašev, 2013
Mikser festival ended some time ago, and thanks to the initiative and action of creative people this year several new artistic details appeared in neglected neighborhood of Savamala, primarily a large mural painted on the facade of the building in 51 “Karadjordjeva” street. The new mural titled “Waiting for the sun” is a work of Aleksandar Maćašev, and it gives a very different impression to passersby captured in nearby ruined and dirty facades of Savamala.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.