The charm of Belgrade lies in those ruined architectural treasures almost destroyed still showing radiance of their past beauty, standing alongside with modern and sometimes ugly buildings. On the walls of this very heterogeneous and scattered urban environment, TKV offers to the Belgraders those colorful, mighty and poetic pictures blooming in the greyest parts of the city.
Who is this person spreading this poetry on the dirty walls of the streets?
TKV is a young woman with a frank smile and a direct speech. She exudes a form of maturity and self-confidence which contrasts with her young age and releases a very positive aura, a combination of optimism, pugnacity and generosity. It might come from her family, very mixed with people from all part of the Balkans in which instruction and open-mindedness were core values ; from her childhood in Rome, a city which is of the most importance for her or from her attachment to the nature that she particularly enjoys in the mountain of Durmitor.
She began 10 years ago to express herself through the street art. Since then, she was involved in numerous different artistic projects, in Vranje for example, where she painted her first building wall or in Vojvodina, where she reinterpreted the space of an abandoned church.
But her main artistic works remain those pictures directly sprayed or glued on the walls. She chooses to be still in Belgrade despite her growing fame. When she speaks about her work, she defines it as an act of freedom. ” The feeling of freedom you get doing it is priceless”, she says. But above this personal achievement, this way for her to empower the intimacy of her own city, her work is also a way of making a dent in the reality by transforming the sometimes “poisonous” energy of Belgrade into meaningful imaginative journeys.
Introducing some beauty and dreams in the our daily scenery she opens a gateway to another space and time line where everything is possible. She explains she uses the most colorful spectra to shatter the grey of Belgrade. This gives to the pedestrian a mean to leave the monotony of his daily life.
Children are especially competent at recognizing this power of imagination.
Her work is also an invitation for the Belgraders to take back their ownership of the public space by inserting in it their own interpretation of her stencils. Despite the fact she claims not to be willing to give any specific messages, the choice of some of her iconography is connected with some subjects of importance to her; for example, the role of the women in the society.
Are they beautiful fragile objects or do they keep on a lead their own destiny ?
Her repetitive pattern of beautiful women is not a simple esthetic choice. They are all powerfull figures emphasizing on the dignity of women’s beauty in all its diversity.
In this city where little by little the beauty of the past is disappearing in a constant impermance, I like to think that TKV leaves us some clues of a colorful future.This is probably her most powerful magic.
Just to note that the most of the photos were made by Nikola Radić Lucati.