…The art engaged us. It is not us who engage art. First understanding, than valuation…
Biljana Jotic (Samardzic) is an art historian and curator. In her 18 years of independent work, she has focused on young people and women in contemporary visual art. She has realized over 10 author’s solo and over 30 group exhibitions, regional and international, published over 20 catalog author’s texts, initiated and realized 5 author’s projects, regional and international, independently and in cooperation with colleagues, partner organizations and the public sector. Her texts (7) were published in the professional magazine of contemporary visual art and spatial communication, “ART LIFE” (origin „Likovni život“). She has been a selector for over 10 collective exhibitions, manifestations and festivals, judged two award exhibitions, initiated and moderated over 5 panels. In addition, she opened a number of solo and group exhibitions, held over 10 professional guided tours of the exhibitions and she designed over than 20 exhibitions. Initiated and realized several art events, art meetings, open classes with students, multimedia workshops with children and adults as well as humanitarian events and auctions of contemporary art, as well as Art tours through contemporary visual art. Her work so far has been followed by numerous media sources, from television, radio and print media to new forms of internet portals. She has had more than 10 guest appearances on shows on various television programs, informative and specialized in art and culture. Member of ULUPUDS and the Steering committee of the Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade.
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 "