PROJECT CITY AS A PERSON: ZAGREB

 

As a part of Maria Biljan’s project, visual artists and illustrators were asked to visualize the city as a person based on interviews collected for specific cities. This illustration aims to portray Zagreb – A woman. Middle age, kind of on the older side.

Physically? On the edge with famme fatal, pretty… light colour skin, a smoker and she uses these old cigarettes. She is wearing a coat, old style coat and a hat. Her hair is red.

Can you imagine having some communication? Yeah, sporadic but not a very, very frantic conversation.

Imagine her past, what was her life like? Nothing much, not in details. She… I wouldn’t say turbulent, but she’s been through things definitely. Some of them gave her scars, I guess.

Her future? Her future is kind of enigma, uncertain. Could be light, could be dark, nothing special.

Can you hear any sounds in that image? Soft music, piano music.

Any smells? Smells of smoke.

SUMMER ART SCHOOL HELD BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ARTS, KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

Artworks are based on the history of Kotor and impressions such as sea, mountains and life of people who have been living there and people who have been visiting it. Symbols on the coat of arms of families during the past are used as a reminder on an epoque that have a big influence on this place. On another side, shapes and objects in the town show us a spirit and an atmosphere of nowdays. Combination of the paste and present give a clear view of the town as it is. Following existing poems* about Bokokotorska bay, those artworks call an observer on journey through an imaginary part of Kotor, but at the same time real part, because everything is happened and  still happening.

SUMMER ART SCHOOL HELD BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ARTS, KOSANČIĆ WREATH, SERBIA

The sketches are created within the Summer Art School of the University of Arts in Belgrade called A hillock for Thinking – Discovering the Hidden Past of the City. The inspiration is Kosančić Wreath, historically one of the most significant parts of the city of Belgrade, where the original architecture is preserved. During the walk between houses, facade windows were noted. If the window is seen as an object whose role is the connection between inner and outer, then it is undoubtedly an enormous treasure trove of memories, a witness of transience, and a keeper of centuries-old secrets. Therefore, its essential function is displaced from the framework of everyday understanding. 

WE, YOU, THEY – DIGITAL GRAPHICS

The series of portraits We, You, They display migrants who currently live in the territory of the Republic of Serbia. During meetings and internal discussions, Milena took fingerprints of women and unaccompanied minors, since fingerprints represent a unique confirmation of their identity. Once enlarged, the fingerprints were enhanced with symbols that epitomize feelings, faith, hopes, and aspirations of portrayed women and children. By doing so, the accent is put on the spirit rather than on the physical characteristic. The portraits aim to conceal where these persons come from, their religion or skin color – while at the same time seeking to illustrate that these human beings have the same values, emotions, pain, happiness, love, dreams. In that regard, the portraits are fully personalized since there are no two equal fingerprints.

DAY OF DEAD- POLAND

The project originated as a part of the exchange program at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. It is aimed to reflect on similarities and differences in cultural traditions and customs, in this case, Poland. After conducting research, interviews, and surveys with the inhabitants of the city, the artistic work focuses on Day of Dead as one of the most important days in this country. Made works are an experiment and also the beginning of a scientific-research approach in Milena’s artistic practice.