The coronavirus pandemic has changed our daily lives. Following recommendations for self-isolation, we bring cultural content to our readers on their computer monitors, smartphone screens and social media. In front of you is the first virtual exhibition organized by Alternativna in partnership with Private Cultural Centre “Akvarius”. The author of the exhibition entitled “The Quarantine Diary” is Aleksandar Glibetić. Below find the virtual exhibition, detailed catalogue of his artworks. Read and listen to our talk about the exhibition, artworks, but also art, creativity in coronavirus era.
“Isolation separates us, but also allows us to go deeply into the essence of life, existence and circumstances in which we are,” Miljana Dunđerin says, the catalogue reviewer and the director of Aquarius.
She quoted Jean Auguste: Bravely confront to all. Do not concern yourself with other people. Concern yourself with your own work. It is artist’s responsibility, because the art is not only a profession, but also an apostolic. All these efforts are being rewarded sooner or later.
“He is the artist who believed that he would be rewarded and that after many days of darkness light comes,” she adds.
“It is what may be an explanation of phenomena throughout history and that artists are creating in this moment, in the most difficult circumstances,” Dunđerin says.
“In his works and drawings Aleksandar Glibetić gives us the gray lines of physical moment of quarantine and shows how it looks when a free artist is deprived of his freedom,” she says.
Aleksandar Glibetić is born in Kraljevo, in 1995. He completed Secondary School of Arts in Čačak and Undergraduate academic studies (Department of Sculpture, in the class of Professor Peko Nikčević) at Faculty of Arts in Mitrovica North. Currently, he is about to complete Master Academic Studies.
The exhibition “The Quarantine Diary” includes drawings created during the artist’s self-isolation.
The portraits he draws are extremely grotesque, distorted, the parts of faces are disproportionate highlighted, stretched, bared-teeth,” Dunđerin said in his review. Apart from paper, his works may be seen on Mitrovica’s walls also.
Why distorted, bared-teeth face?
“I find it interesting to draw. It is much more exciting and dynamic when stylized. Although there are facial expressions that depend on the position of the wall on which they will be posted,” explains Glibetic in an interview for Alternativna.
How did he develop his unusual style?
“It happened when I started to combine traditional figuration and portraits with elements I used while doing graffiti on the wall. Then I continued creating shapes and forms and stylizing eyes, mouth, nose, and looks. Although I have been drawing on walls for a long time, it has been developed recently. The style I am currently working on has mostly been influenced by Spanish artist Miguel Ángel Belinchón Bujes, who belongs to Neo-cubism,” he replies.
“I hear,” “I am not,” “And you?”, “Okay,” “I won’t,” “A flower,” “The Moon,” “A spider” are some of his works’ names.
“The names of the works are their reactions. The whole works’ point depends on the wall on which they will be drawn. Sometimes a portrait is drawn on the wall looking to the left, for example, on some garbage, or looking to the right where there is something illogical, such as a building that blocks windows, terraces,” he adds.
What does he prefers, paper or wall?
“During the winter when the weather is bad I prefer paper and those traditional techniques. When the weather is good I prefer the wall. So I cannot even separate it, it goes with each other, it just a larger format and a different technique.”
A part of our talk concerned an unavoidable theme – COVID-19. But quarantine did not affect the facial expressions he had drawn in his Quarantine Diary.
“The quarantine has only affected my productivity. I have more time to devote myself to my drawings, sketches. So these are everyday faces. There is nothing about quarantine, some criticism…” he says.
The quarantine may be creative, he adds:
“Because we do not have obligations, we can just sit and create, so we can do more on quantity and quality.”
“As far as the art is concerned, nothing bothers me especially, besides that I do not have any colors right now,” he concludes at the end of the interview.
The exhibition is organized by Alternativna in partnership with Private Cultural Centre “Akvarius” within the project “ArtCult” supported by UNMIK.
The cycle of exhibitions aims to present modern creativity by artists that live and create in Kosovo, but come from different national communities, are of different ages and have different stylistic and poetic orientations.