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Dunja Ćorlomanović

Dunja Ćorlomanović was born in 1995 in Belgrade. She graduated from the School of Design in Belgrade, art technician departments and basic and master studies of painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade in the class of Professor Dobrica Bisenić in 2018 and 2019. She is a scholarship holder of the Dositej Fund in 2019 and 2018. She has been a member of ULUS since 2020. She is currently a doctoral student at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade and has the status of an independent artist.

About the explosion; 36’00’’

Art installation About the explosion; 36’00’’ problematizes the phenomenon of tics. Tics are sudden unintentional and semi-voluntary movements that can be motor and auditory, simple and complex. From a subjective perspective, the artist defines tics as a psychological problem that arises due to the impossibility of overcoming the inner energy that overflows you. A person pressured by upbringing, social norms, responsibility, ambition, and fear of failure in their body stores the energy of the "ticking bomb" which as such manifests itself in the form of body twitches and inarticulate sounds. Tics decrease or disappear due to deep concentration or sleep, and intensify in situations of excitement, tension, and joy.

Through this work, the artist experiences each of her involuntary movements that manifested in the past and now, and the combination of these movements brings it to boiling points, during which the body is completely exhausted and liberated. With this procedure, the artist examines whether a completely sane and deliberately caused process leads to a certain physical and mental balance. The huge hole through which the video material is observed seemingly protects a vulnerable, intimate moment that is revealed to the observer by approaching and closing one eye.


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

The common language of young people is built of circles and circles in which our inspirations, motives, energies, aspirations and ideas meet and complement each other. Our common language is a living, growing organism and participation in its formation is inspiring and cathartic.

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

I can most simply describe my own creative impulse with the statement In the beginning was a thought. A certain sentence, derived from the lips of the interlocutor or a sentence that is in me, is the initial stimulus for what I want to create. Then I store that sentence in myself for a while and think about it, or I just paint it very quickly. I consider the moment when a sentence finds me a moment of self-meaning and great happiness. My creative process would not exist without people who inspire me endlessly. While painting, I feel that I am not rotten inside.

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

The challenge is the game. I love getting involved in complex art issues. The challenges are compositional, colorful, content ... How to express a certain thought, and not hurt the one to whom the thought belongs? How to say a lot and not say too much? How to keep the membrane of mysticism in the rawness of the statement?
It is also a great challenge to reveal our own most vulnerable hotspots.

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

I am someone who has an unrestrained creative need, which requires satisfaction as well as any physiological need. An artist is a difficult, big word, which is too often used. In the context of its use and address here, I am often sick of that word. In the context of the essential meaning, the artist is a term that I look at with great reverence.

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

I run to the pub, to the dance and to the fantasies. Although, the cafe and the dance are more real than all the realities, but they give me a break. I run on my bikes.

What does the word innovative mean to you?

Innovation or perhaps closer to me the expression originality means completely creating in harmony with yourself - honestly.

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

I have. I plan to send one painting into space.

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

Svetlana, the first painter I met and my oversensitivity.

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

Enthusiastic and full of potential.

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

My conceptual and creative process and my personality represent one organism. I am what I paint about. I paint while I watch, I paint while I love, I paint while I breathe. And then I just come to the studio and materialize everything I drank along the way.