“IDENTIFICATIONS”, National Museum Smederevska Palanka, Gallery of Contemporary Art, April 2018.
Concept author of art historian Biljana Jotic merged two different artistic expressions in drawing technique, Marija Toskovic and Marija Milinkovic, into a solo exhibition realized at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at the National Museum in Smedervska Palanka, April 2018.
The conceptual starting point is in the words of Miodrag B. Protic “Knowing about the diversity of artistic expressions is the safest and simplest compas on the disturbed open sea of contemporary art”…
The modern age is a time we live in, predetermined by the socio-historical turning points that have led to the transformation of consciousness in the limitless choices available and imposed. In a sea of information, each individual swims in the pursuit of his or her own response. In this regard, this exhibition brings together the works of two artists, Marija Tošković and Marija Milinković, with the aim of reconciling different artistic responses to the same theme, identifying themselves in contemporary space and society.
Both artists thematically address the issue of the modern being, the individual in the constant struggle of the spirit of perfect existence, emotion and raid, doubt and faith, individual and collective, absolute and dual, local and global, subject and individual. The specificity of the exhibition concept is reflected in the fusion of different, practically opposite approaches to visual identification through drawing on paper. As Marija Milinkovic moves from an objective point of search for identity in relation to the outside world, moving from the city as an environment of human cognition, Marija Tošković examines external projections of identity, inner being and subjectivity of experiencing oneself in self-photography, so-called “selfies” and produced narcissism.
“Knowing about the diversity of artistic expressions is the safest and simplest busola on the troubled open-air of contemporary art,” wrote Miodrag B. Protic 5 decades ago, in a post-war era that has left a legacy of a completely new form of “humanism” today, the role of the man from whom everything starts. and which drives everything. Including the relation to art and the artist practically imposes the answer to the question why the search for identity follows the exhibition through two rather than one artistic personality.
Marija Milinkovic objectifies the vision and places the contents in the frames of geometric forms that multiply, mirror each other, agree or arise from each other. A balanced and technical move, contrasts and pronounced voluminousness contribute to the atmosphere of objectification, even at the moment of the inclusion of human figures, in the same technical balance it achieves the dynamics and charge of the moment. On the other hand, Marija Tošković continuously expresses the dynamics of personality and visualizes the knowledge of narcissism in man. Approaching a carefully strong feeling deforms the figural form, through the interrupted relationship of line and color. Determining the move, the line is not clear and continuous; While in the projections of the geometric cities of one artist, the atmosphere of the present is clearly visible, in boundless spatial whiteness, the other artists, whose forms are drowned as individuals, feel indifferent to time.