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Milena Petronijević

My artistic practice consists of trials and errors and non-existent rules.

Milena Petronijevic, born 26. August 1999. She grew up in Leposavić where she finished high school Nikola Tesla. In 2018 she entered Art college in Kragujevac ( Filološko-umetnički fakultet) course graphic design specialized in book graphics. She participated in college annually exhibition. Beside graphic design, she is interested in photography, printmaking, fine arts and films. Very motivated team player.

How much does this bubble cost?

No one can choose where they will be born, but they can choose the way they will look at the world around them. This work, which is in the form of analog photographs connected in a collage, shows the place of Leposavić. It is specific in its geopolitical position, which is located in the center of the chessboard played by adults. It is not possible to know what reality is and what dreams are based on the hopes of its remaining inhabitants. In order to live and survive normally, everyone had to create their own bubble around themselves, behind which everything is vague and indefinite, just like in these photos. How to believe in the truth when there are so many versions of it. Every day we read about a different reality as a blurred truth and we are paralyzed in front of it. How much it cost to build this bubble will remain a mystery forever, and we will know its echo only after it bursts.

Interview

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

For me, the common language of young people is today's digital world, primarily social networks through which they communicate more and more.

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

I focus primarily on the idea, then I embark on the search for the medium that would best materialize the idea.

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

For me, the biggest challenge is the materialization of my idea, because I try to choose the right technique by which I will implement the idea.

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

Today's generation strives to get rid of all possible labels, so I don't want to label myself an artist either. And in order to be able to call myself an artist, I think it is necessary to be the creator of something new.

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

I find an escape from reality in music and movies.

What does the word innovative mean to you?

To be innovative you need to be consistent with yourself and your ideas.

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

I am not a person who likes to focus on the distant future and make plans, I focus on the present and the moment. I hope that my artistic practice will take me to some unknown and exciting challenges.

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

What influenced me the most was my need to express myself, to create and be what I am.

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

Today's young Serbian cultural art scene is full of innovation and is very experimental, without set boundaries.

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 constantly reveals to me the ways in which I can improve myself and show me that there are no boundaries.