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During the pandemic, culture and art played a more important role than usual, and due to the virtual reality, its content became even more accessible. Virtual exhibitions were also part of the “ArtCult” project due to the measures introduced to combat the outbreak. The same exhibition series included the artwork of Veselj Saliji (“Behind Melancholy”), Aleksandar Glibetić (“The Quarantine Diary”), Toni Ostojić (“Broken Dreams”), Snežana Manasić (“The Fifth Element”), Mimoza Studenica (“Woman”) and Demir Pepić (“Nature and Society”). The exhibitions were organized by the Private Cultural Center “Akvarijus” in partnership with Alternativna. The series aimed to present the contemporary creativity of artists from different national communities, different generations, and different styles and poetic orientations who live and create in Kosovo and the region. In front of you is the final, group exhibition in the “ArtCult” series.
“The series of exhibitions ‘ArtCult’ have shown that art does not depend on the circumstances in which it was created, i.e. that it is present even in quarantine, that creativity is something that cannot be erased from the artist, something that has no boundaries, no division, and no limit. It is a kind of great freedom that has been visible in the last six months through various works by authors who have exhibited their art pieces in this series” – Msiljana Dundjerin from Akvarijus said.
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Dundjerin added that the most important thing is that there are some who recognize the importance of art and support it. She also pointed out: “Without that, we would not have the opportunity to give a chance to young people who have yet to come on the scene and prove themselves with their creative work.”
“Nurturing the contemporary view of art and contemporary art is something we should focus on because it is the only way to speak the language of the future. Art is a universal language, so we have to try to learn that language the best we can and present it at all times, even during the quarantine period,” she concluded.
Messages from the artists
Veselj Saliji: “I wanted to show my understanding of social reality, and as artistic expression requires some feedback, the exhibition helped me a lot to get a confirmation of my work, and also to notice that there is room for improvement. I hope my voice was heard and that I made at least some of the observers think.”
Aleksandar Glibetić Pibo: “The name of the exhibition was ‘The Quarantine Diary’ which was part of something I draw every day, sketches being primed to be hanged on a wall when the quarantine is over. So, now the quarantine is over you will see them all on the walls.”
Toni Ostojić: “A virtual exhibition was a novelty for me because, for the first time in my career, a complete graphic series was presented virtually.” Coronavirus and creativity? “Creativity does not lose its significance, because it is an important factor, something that I tend to use every day. It is a way I express myself and a part of my daily life”.
Snežana Manasić: “The way nature thrives and goes through its metamorphosis, despite the man journeying into nature way less than he did before, was particularly interesting for me. Here, I am the Fifth Element that observes all of it, passes it all through its emotions, experiences, and processes them. In fact, creating paintings using its emotional state.”
Mimoza Studenica: “Artists create under different circumstances. While creating, we usually spend time on our own. The things are maybe a bit different in the pandemic but I suppose we immerse ourselves into creating and that is our safe haven.”
Demir Pepic: “The name of the exhibition was ‘Nature and Society’ – the logical name for everything I like to photograph the most – portraits of people around me, as well as landscapes, destinations I visit. I would like the photos to say things about me.”
Project “ArtCult” is supported by UNMIK and implemented by Alternativna portal in partnership with Private Cultural Center “Aquarius”, news portal “Gračanica online” and online platform “Crno beli svet”.