Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, 14 Pariska Street
October 24 – November 23, 2014
The new art project includes big format drawings put up in interaction with ambient-light-sound installation that, although executed in another medium, actually represents expansion of syntax and completes and concludes the whole conceptually. One of the major problem points in the artistic practice of Simonida Rajčević presents a complex critical project of demystification, with the goal of asking questions and considering the elements that constitute models of fundamental natural, social and cultural relationships.
In these works Simonida Rajčević refers to animism, a term developed by Edward Tylor as an anthropological construct, according to which there is no division between the spiritual and the physical. This approach departs from the discourse of Cartesian dichotomy that spirit and matter, subject and object, culture and nature, are absolutely heterogeneous substances. With ironic detachment, the artist toys with the notion that forest, mountains, rivers, animals, wind, rain, the whole nature and all its numerous derivations, are perceived as spiritual entities.
Simonida Rajčević was born in Belgrade in 1974. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1997 and in 1999 she received her Post Graduate’s Degree. She obtained a DAAD stipend to do first year post-graduate studies in Berlin, Germany. Since 2000, she has been working as an associate professor at the Facutly of Fine Arts in Belgrade. From 2008 until 2010 she was working as a guest associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade. Simonida Rajcevic has exhibited her works independently and together with other artists, both at home and abroad.
Selected Exhibitions: Poslednji preživeli sa Nostroma
, Gallery of the Students Cultural Center, Belgrade, 1995; Express stari majstori non-stop
, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade, 1997; Belgrade Double
, Rothamel Gallery, Erfurt, Germany, 2007; Tamna zvezda
, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade and Perpetuel Gallery, Frankfurt, 2010; Crna noć
, Kula Nebojša, Belgrade, 2011; Ljudske aktivnosti. Bespomoćni
, Railway Museum and Zvono Gallery, Belgrade, 2012; Lanac
, 12HUB Gallery, Belgarde, 2014.
Audio: Manja Ristić
Associates: Milan Stošić, Ivan Kadelburg
Support: Avala Ada, Trampex, Koncept 45.0, Dijagonala 2.0, Vice
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.