Marina Marković - 2011 DB Mangelos Award winner
On Friday, June 24th at Zvono Gallery in Belgrade, "Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos" Award for 2011 exhibition was opened by Marko Stamenković, the member of the Jury who publicly announced that the this year Award winner is Marina Marković.
About the finalists selection and Marina Marković, award winner, from the statement of the Jury:
'Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos Award does not confer the "best" artist of the younger generation in Serbia. It is, above all, presenting the idea of ??survival of contemporary art in an environment where contemporary visual art is the least important, least profitable and least needed (in fact, it is quite superflouos and unnecessary) form of ??social activity, because the space where the works of these artists (photographs, installations, videos, documents, texts, drawings) have been created and where they now reside is a symbolic space of an orphanage, simply because their ways of thinking, acting, creating and surviving are often abandoned and left alone.
Besides the fact that this Award provides the winner with professional six-week residential stay in New York, along with winners from other central-eastern European countries, it is important to note that in the present context it can not and must not be promoted and given for achievements in the sphere of production, exhibiting and media-attention; it should and has to be awarded to non-existent, invisible, irrelevant and non-functional activity in the society it is created in: for the non-existent, invisible, non-functional and irrelevant sound of dust (Stošić), the body eating itself up in a cannibalistic ritual of self-preservation of the human species (Marković) for the gaze projectiong all its hopes and dreams (and the gazes of everyone who has left, or stayed, or still do not know whether to leave or stay), towards a cold, gray, horizon (Kokić), for the thought hiding behind the sun under a black rectangle in constant motion (Čolić), or hiding from the law on tre backdrop of a typical provincial living room, again somewhere in the north, where, 'heroic' still lives are grown instead of plantations of forbidden plants (Micevski).
In the strong competition of five finalists, selected by the jury, it was decided that the Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos Award for 2011 should be awarded to the finalist that that meets the requirements of this year's open call in the most convincing manner. What does this mean? If the basic requirement of continuous and encompassing art practice that problematizes the relationship of the individual and society through the artistic relationship between the viewer and an art object (or the lack / absence of the object), is fullfiled; and if the artwork is the best mirror of the atmosphere and climate in which the image of a society is formed and shown - or is excluded from its own existence and no longer wants to be shown, deletes itself, by consuming itself in suicidal and self-destructive gesture of the paradoxical, simultaneous emergence and disappearance, and if, above all, there is a concrete, realistic and challenging project plan for the stay in the cultural environment of New York, then it is not surprising that the idea of ??survival of contemporary art and modern man depends on the body that eats itself away at self-cannibalistic ritual of self-preservation of the human species. Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos Award for 2011 is awarded to Marina Marković.'
Gallery of Dom omladine Beograd:
Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos Award:::: Production 2010
June 24th - July 10th
Imagine Imagineés, Tanja Juričan
Serpentine Dance, Ivana Popov
Underconstruction, Nataša Tepavčević