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Mladen Miljanović in conversation with Jon Blackwood

14:00 on 9 February 2019
W OR M

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Accompanying the Utopian Realism exhibition by Mladen Miljanović the artist will be in conversation with Jon Blackwood at W OR M on Saturday, 9 February at 14:00, where the artist will expand on his ideas and work, and take questions from the audience.

Mladen’s work deals with the traumatic legacies of the conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s, both on a societal and an individual level, and its consequences in the present. Several interlinked themes inform his work.

Mladen’s work confronts social issues and addresses them as objectively as possible. In his film Do You Intend to Lie to Me (2011), Mladen explores the uncomfortable consequences of personal biography and self-mythologisation, and being asked to account for past actions in the present.

Art is also used as a metaphor for the absurdities of nationalist division and myth making in contemporary Bosnia-Herzegovina. The film Sweet Symphony of Absurdity (2013), featuring the Banja Luka Philharmonic orchestra, sees each member of the orchestra play their own favourite piece of music simultaneously, resulting in a chaotic, unintelligible whole. This parallels nationalist writings and re-writings of history and the consequences of those narratives for people’s understanding of their present.

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Mladen Miljanović, The Performance without Title,5 photo documentation of performance, 2018, photo Peter Wohne

Mladen Miljanović, The Performance without Title,5 photo documentation of performance, 2018, photo Peter Wohne