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Konstantinos Petrović

Konstantinos Petrović, born in Valjevo on October 2, 1995. He is currently in the final year of master studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, painting module in the class of Professor Vidoje Tucović. He completed his basic academic studies at the Faculty of Philology and Arts, majoring in wall painting in the class of Professor Goran Rakić. He has realized 7 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions on the territory of the Republic of Serbia. He is currently working on his master's thesis, which is based on a review of personal attitudes and perceptions of the communist Yugoslav and religious cultural heritage. In addition to the master's thesis, he actively participates in the #ffffff project, which is a continuous process of collecting, sorting and coding monochrome objects into specific groups. Since 2020, a member of the multimedia center Shock Cooperative.

#ffffff

The #ffffff project is a series of works created between 2019. and 2021. The works consist of objects sorted into several groups, which were created by machine, high-circulation printing, casting, digital, or in serial production. Artist collects objects, classifies them, and then uses them as material for building his visual expression. For the objects in this newly created collection, color is the primary condition, and by coding the object on the basis of color (by giving a code or name), the object loses its meaning and previous function. The works represent "collections", which aim to provoke intense visual stimulation in the observer, but also to invite the audience to participate in the process of supplementing the collection. This project is a process of continuous collection and classification. Collections have the ability to be transformed in accordance with the space in which they are located, as well as in accordance with the newly added items. Each item, in addition to representing a unit value in the group, can also be a sample that implements an experiment of multiplying or displaying new colors based on existing ones, which are in the collection.

Interview

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

For me, language in common of young people represents a common progress in which, after great and rapid changes, a community of young people still manages to survive, who manage to adapt and respond to the new situation.

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

The backbone of my work is analyticalness and continuity, without a clearly defined final product (with the idea of ​​a work that does not have a final phase). In that sense, the process of forming the "final" product is work. The paper is a cross-section of the state of analytical-research approach to a topic at a given time (period).

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

The challenge of creating any art at the moment is to gain financial support.

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

According to the official title, yes, by trying to avoid that "title" as well as inclusion in vicious and closed circles of groups (artists) that are not open to communication and transparency for other groups and solutions.

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

At this moment in which the works are being created, I believe that reality should be the subject or field of research as well as the place of realization of further artistic practices.

What does the word innovative mean to you?

I believe that innovation, in its original meaning, as the creation of new content, does not exist.

Now, innovation for me is a good knowledge of all previous events and opportunities (not related to art, of course) and skillfully fitting them into a new functional unit.

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

Associating with experts from outside the field of art and creating new joint works with the aim of reviewing and reviewing artistic practices from their point of view, which with knowledge from their fields can influence the creation of new content and pointing out mistakes or illogicalities of the entire art practice.

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

Friends and family.

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

Vroom

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

Changes that affect the formation of personality are everyday and are encouraged by many things in addition to the creative process itself, so it is difficult to track what percentage of change is caused by the ideological and creative process.