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Jovan Turčinović

Jovan Turčinović(born in 1998. in Belgrade) graduated in 2020. from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Graphic department, where he is currently studying for MA degree in the class of Aleksandar Mladenović. He exhibited independently in the gallery Petak(2017), KC Grad(2020) and Grafički kolektiv(2020). He is also a participant in many group exhibitions and abroad. He participated in the painting of the mural for Faculty of Music Arts in 2017, the restoration of the first mural in Belgrade in cooperation with New Moment and TC Rajićeva in 2018. He was awarded by the Faculty of Fine Arts in 2018. for drawing. He is active in the field of painting, graphics, interventions in public space and multimedia art. He has been a member of ULUS since 2021.

Hopscotch

Hopscotch is a game that has been known for generations. Creating a network of threads in monumental dimensions on the gallery floor, it symbolizes the desire for play, action and art. The limited space, events, creations that affected everyone, especially the younger generation, left a strong desire for movement. The net wrapped around the nails forms a vague and confusing game of Hopscotch. The collected useless energy that repeats and intertwines in a cramped corner is a call for more space and freedom. Turčinović’s work calls exclusively for a big step and courage.

Interview

What is the language in common for the young people today?

A language that the elderly do not understand.

What does the process of making one of your pieces look like?

Each process differs from the previous one because I try to always approach my work in a different way, thus maintaining interest in my work. Although it is often a different medium, at the end of the work you can always see the similarity, which is the goal of the artist - to have his own signature.

Which challenges have you faced while making art as you know it?

The challenges are different and should remain unnoticed until the end of the work.

Do you consider yourself an artist, and what does that word mean to you?

I did. Although education and activity on stage are important, I don't think it's something that carries the status of an artist. It is more a matter of personal feeling and as long as you are able to implement what you think and feel in your own way you have the ‘title of artist’. It is up to you to be good or bad at what you do.

What is your escape from reality? Do you even have a need to escape from something?

I believe that everyone has a need to escape at some point. However, it is not an option because it does not exist, we change our reality in the same way as we create it.

What does the word innovative mean to you?

Being innovative means a step forward, which is not enough for us to feel, but for others to notice.

Do you have a plan for the future? Where can your artistic practice take you?

I don't want to have a plan. It's more interesting to see for myself where everything can take me.

What made the biggest influence on you to become what you are today and do what you do now?

There isn’t a single special day or event that has influenced whether I will pursue art. I think that a person falls in love with creation quite early and develops it unconsciously, while most of them 'outgrow it'.

How would you describe Serbian (Balkan or European-depends on where you live and work) contemporary cultural scene?

Fearful.

In which way does your creative process shape you or changes you as a person, if it does at all?

I don't think that the process of creation can shape and change an artist, in fact quite the opposite.