nternational art project
LOVES ME / LOVES ME NOT
In this time of ours, love is something we talk and write about a lot. Love
is celebrated, or yearned for in literature. Love is discussed about from a
psychological aspect. Love is interpretated from a historical point of view.
Sociological. Moral. Aesthetic...
But what happens when words, both written and said, become silent? LOVES ME
/ LOVES ME NOT is a non-verbal attempt to answer the question – what does
love mean to each of us?
Ana Đokić, the author of the project
The project is inspired by the game of counting flower petals – first petal
LOVES ME, second petal LOVES ME NOT, third
petal LOVES ME, fourth petal LOVES ME NOT, and so on as to „discover“ wether
the person we care about loves us or not.
Culture Bureau - Voli Me / Ne Voli Me - Loves Me / Loves Me Not
23/10/2013 by jonblackwood
On Monday night, an exhibition of illustrations- Voli Me / Ne Voli Me opened
on the top floor of the national gallery. Featuring a mixture of Croatian
and BiH illustrators, the exhibition is being held as part of the Pazi!
Knjiga festival, whose events are
in Zagreb. The artists involved were invited to interpret the theme (Loves
Me / Loves Me Not in English) as broadly as possible and the show is an
engaging collage of whimsy, symbolism and introspection. In addition to the
entries of the illustrators, two names from other fields of the arts were
invited to contribute- the prolific Milomir Kovačević, and a video piece
from Ismar Mujezinović.
The visual styles adopted were in places surprising and innovative. Emir
Durmišević’s steely, spare, detailed image drew heavily on mediavelism and
legend, cleverly incorporating a
picture-within-a-picture to open out the dilemma facing his main female
character. Durmišević’s image also leans heavily on contemporary gaming
imagery, which his practice as an illustrator focuses on.
Others, such as Edita Gazibara and Maja Zećo, enjoy metaphorical play; Edita
with open and closed furniture, Maja with a game of multiple, inconclusive
noughts and crosses in red on a white background. Elvis Dolić exploits the
of a gigantic organic form in his piece,
whilst Zdenko Bašić, with his two male figures sat with their backs to one
another, creates a complicated, layered piece that invites repeated looking.
One of the issues that was raised during the opening speeches was the
difference in colouration; the Bosnian images were, largely, monochrome,
with the Croatian
illustrators seemingly much more
ready to experiment with colour. I am not sure that we arrived at the
reasons for this difference, but in any case Tomislav Tomić
bucked the trend. Tomić showed a fascinating black and white Rackhamesque
interplay of plants and insects, rhythmically interlinked and visually
mysterious. This uncertain and slightly sinister fantasy world that belies
his background in children’s illustration.
Aleksandra Knezević, organiser of the
show in Sarajevo, at the opening.with Ane Đokić, organiser of the project
overall Also noteworthy was the minimalist watercolour drops by Sanja Pribić;
one drop of pure aquamarine, becoming two- simple but extremely effective
and visually distinctive from the busy images that surround it. And Davor
Pavelić has a delightful small diptych here, featuring a trademark cobalt
blue and red contrast, and carefully mixing the visual metaphors of
construction and theatre; the overall appearance is of a late 1920s theatre
poster, updated for our times.
Ismar Mujezinović’s video piece breaks up the array of illustrations and
adds a visceral ballast to the whole show. The film shows a barefoot man
walking ginerly on a wooden floor with nails sticking out of it; some
flattened to the surface, others spiking out into his space without pity.
The implicit interplay of relief and pain is an unexpectedly frank
intervention in the theme.
Overall this is a show fizzing with visual invention and energy and with
more than the occasional surprise. It is only on until next Monday, so catch
it while you can.
Jon Blackwood, Zdravko Cvjetkovic, Boris StapicEdita Gazibara, Elvis Dolic,
Edita Gazibara, Elvis Dolic, Emir Durmišević, Jasna Bukvić, Emir Durmišević,
Maja Zećo, Milomir Kovačević Strašni, Ismar Mujezinović
Branka Hollingsworth, Dražen Jerabek, Marijana Jelić,
Aleksandra Knežević, Nikolina Manojlović Vračar, Bruno Kuman, Davor Pavelić,
Margareta Peršić, Sanja Pribić, Zdenko Bašić, Marsela Hajdinjak, Jovan Balov,
Ivana Tomić, Ivana Guljašević, Tomislav Tomić, Željka Mezić, Aleksandra
Knežević & Ana Đokić, Boris Stapić, Emir Durmišević, Zdravko Cvjetković,