Milan Hrnjazović


 

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Although my works are diverse in regard to concept and media, I am mainly a painter.

The central motif of my works is a human body. My depiction of it is derived from various understandings of society, human relationships and mentality. Dubravka Ugrešić, a post- Yugoslav writer wrote in one of her essays that all of the utopian concepts are broken - the smaller ones are still alive, but with fatigue syndrome; market of concepts is in a collapse; financial markets insecure; neither pensions provide a secure future, nor future will provide pensions; labor laws alter to diminish the rights of working class, while unemployment grows. She concludes that our (and somebody else's) body remains the last stronghold. The body is the room for our personal freedom, our control and manipulation, our pleasures and our future. Supporting our self-confidence, the ideology of mass-consumerism successfully convinces us to believe so.

Bearing in mind that I was growing up in a region that witnessed war as well as serious social, economic and moral crisis, an individual sized by strong emotions, unable to accomplish themselves, is often in the focus of my interest. Even more, I am interested in the concepts that more or less directly refer to renewal of life – eroticism, motherhood, fertility, sexuality. During the times of turbulent and unpredictable social changes or even disasters, their understanding is always examined.

The presented images bring together painting and photography. At first glance, the clearly recognisable surreal style calls to mind the practice of modern masters like Dali, Henry Moore or Picasso. Yet, these paintings are digitally transformed photographs and collages reproduced in the technique of oil on canvas.

The photographed people I know in person. A cold eye of camera lens penetrates their intimate space exploring their individuality, their relationships and emotional realm. The depiction of the intimate moments refers to blurred lines between the personal and public in today's media shaped society. The expression of sexuality has been often regarded as an act of free spirit, rebellion against taboo or even a revolution. In these images, sexuality is their compensation. The turbulent compositions place the human characters in a claustrophobic room where their intimacy is rather the escapism from sad reality than a manifestation of close relationship or true love. The couples remain mentally and emotionally distant in spite of their physical contact. The alienation and loss of personal freedom in contemporary society are in the focus of my interest.

Visual distortions of human figures create a plenty of hybrid, stylised forms- some of them may remind us on an egg, an embryo or a snake. Such motifs broaden the initial idea and reflect my very personal passion for symbolism. The possible context of certain motifs tends to surprise, offering various ways of understanding the work.


About me :

Born 1982. in Valjevo, Serbia.


Education :

2006. Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Arts, Belgrade.


Selected solo exhibitions and projects:

-2016. "The Postcards from the Mediterranean", Gallery Suluj, Belgrade, Serbia;
-2013. "Fräulein?", Kunst.Raum.Villach, Austria;
-2011. "Dornröschen",  Berliner Liste, Berlin, Germany;
-2006. "Big Game” Youth Centre gallery, Belgrade, Serbia;
-2003. Youth Centre Gallery,  Valjevo, Serbia.

Selected group exhibitions and projects:


-2016. "The springtime exhibition", Cvijeta Zuzorić Art Pavilion,  Belgrade Serbia;
-2016. "New members of ULUS", Cvijeta Zuzorić Art Pavilion,  Belgrade Serbia;
-2015. "Letnji salon", Gallery Štab, Belgrade, Serbia;
-2014. "Balkan Art Dialogue", City Museum Vranje, Serbia;
-2014. "LindArt 19", Lendava Castle, Slovenia;
-2013. "Young", Niš Art Foundation, Niš, Belgrade, Serbia;
-2012. "Young", Niš Art Foundation, Niš, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Serbia;
-2012. Group exhibition at Silos Gallery, Valjevo, Serbia;
-2011. "Young", Niš Art Foundation, Niš, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Serbia;
-2009. “Med i Krv2” , BoozeCooperativa, Athens, Greece;
-2009. "Crossroads"  University Gallery Svetozar Markovic, Belgrade, Serbia;
-2008. "Div", City Museum Valjevo, Serbia;
-2007. “Visual Dislocation”, Museum of Contemporary Art Banja Luka, BiH
-2006. “Embargo” Liverpool Art Biennal, Liverpool, United Kingdom;
-2006. “Re-set”  Kontekst Gallery, Belgrade Serbia;
-2006. “Progressive Hopes” Gallery Haos, Belgrade Serbia;
-2005. “Fluid”  Youth Centre gallery, Belgrade Serbia;
-2005. “Škart”, Cvijeta Zuzorić Art Pavilion,  Belgrade Serbia;
-2005. “Divergence in Reality”  SKC Belgrade, Serbia;
-2003. Group exhibition at Gima Gallery, Valjevo, Serbia;


Awards:

-2012. The award of Niš Art Foundation;
-2005. The award for creative innovation, Miloš Bajić foundation.

References (selection):

-Huffington Post, Empathy, Humanism and Liberalism: Today's Realism is Anything But Conservative, by John Seed;
-PA Magazine, issue 72, Portraits;
-PA Magazine, 50 Memorable Painters 2015;
-Huffington Post, 50 Memorable Paintings 2015 by John Seed;
-Eleven Eleven Journal “Milan Hrnjazović”, print issue no. 15;
-Juxtapoz- contemporary art magazine, Milan Hrnjazovic’s paintings;
-Beautiful Decay - Milan Hrnjazovid’s Swirling Orgies of Paint and Lust;
-Chaos Magazine – Milan Hrnjazovic: Warped Love Stories;
-Hi Fructose –Milan Hrnjazovic’s Hallucinatory Oil Paintings;


Collections:

- Glo’art Collection, Belgium;
- Lendava Castle, Collection of Contemporary Art, Slovenia;
- Niš Art Foundation, Serbia;
- Private collections in Germany, USA, UK, Austria and Serbia.


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