…The art engaged us. It is not us who engage art. First understanding, than valuation…
… Biljana Jotic (Samardzic) is an art historian and an independent curator. She initiated and organized about 30 exhibitions in Serbia and the region, solo and collective. She writes author texts, exhibition settings, guides through exhibitions, organizes open classes for high school students and talks with artists. …
2019 initiated the project THE RISE OF WOMEN IN CULTURE IN THE WESTERN BALKANS, a two-year project (2021-2023) with concept based on the observation of diversity in female identities in contemporary visual arts, culture and society, and which is co-financed by IPA funds of the European Union.
About my interest in art
If I were to make a division in my current work and practice, I would say that as a curator I am most interested in contemporary art, its existence in relation to space and time. I compare space with the experience of man, with notions of freedom and shaping, openness and closedness, and I look at time through continuity. Art has to be a reflection of the time we live in, because the artist is part of our time, the moment we live and we share together, something like witnesses. With my curatorial practice of revitalizing old spaces with contemporary art, I strive to revive something already created in the past and thus merge the time epochs. Special part of the activities I dedicate to women in contemporary cretivity and the female identity in culture and society
Art is an expression of an active relationship between a sensibility of a person and their need for expression. This means it has to be a reflection of time and space. I believe the sense are an integral part of the interaction between the artist and the observer. That is way the touch with the essential being is necessary. It is not enjoyment but recognition. Art is a matter of spirituality, that is of the touch with the truth. In one of its shapes it follows the established and formed truth, and in another it follows the tendency to discover its own truth, but always in the immediate contact with the truth. The difference in creation is in the experience of truth. On top of it comes the mastery, as another step of the creation process. Specificums, delicateness, recognising of intuitive moments in individual expressions lead to trust. An individual in relation to the society, an individual in relation to the collective through the theory of experience.
" WONDERFUL HUMANITARIAN ACTION, tomorrow, Friday, December 15, 2017 at 6pm in the Old Captain's Art Gallery in Zemun. Visitors bring gifts for children without parental care and receive signed reproductions of prints by our eminent artists. Every honor to Biljana Jotic at the organization, see you there ...! "
"The Foundation “Blue” would like to thank everyone who visited the exhibition yesterday and attended the excellent guided tour through the exhibition of art historian Biljana Jotic."
"At the opening of the exhibition" Art on Paper ", Art meeting within NOA FEST of course nothing without our Biljana Jotić"
"One great exhibition takes place in the showroom of the National Library of Serbia, with the smirk of a museum, although contemporary artists are represented, mostly of the younger generation - don't miss this sweet moment! The author of this idea and curator is my dear colleague, Biljana Jotić "