WESTERN BALKAN VISITORS: 23rd TO 27th OCTOBER
Gray’s School of Art recently welcomed four artists from universities in the western Balkans – from Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina. This visit was part of an Erasmus+ mobility project funded by the EU and coordinated by the British Council; with Gray’s being the host School and working with four partner Schools.
We were fortunate to host our guest academics for five days between Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October.
Our four guests participated in teaching in the Department of Painting, and in the Department of Contemporary Art Practice. Participating in class crits and individual tutorials with students from all levels within these departments as well as tutorials with Masters students.
They also held an exhibition showing examples of their work and delivered a keynote lecture which was open to all students and staff to attend. After a succesful week of lectures and studio based activities, we hope that this marks the first of many collaborative projects between all of the institutes involved.
Simonida Rajcevic was born in Belgrade on April 2nd, 1974. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1997 and in 1999 she received her Post Graduate’s Degree. She obtained a DAAD stipend to do first year post-graduate studies in Berlin, Germany. Since 2000, she has herself been working as an associate professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. From 2008 until 2010 she was working as a guest associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade. Simonida Rajčević has exhibited her works independently and together with other artists, both at home and abroad
Katarina is a full Professor of painting and drawing at the University of Niš, Serbia. She has been a member of the Association of Serbian Artists (ULUS) since 1993, and as a painter, has participated in over two hundred shows regionally and internationally, in both Europe and North America. Her work focuses on painting, drawing and collage and she is inspired in particular by the ruins and remains of the ancient world both in Serbia and the wider region.
Adla holds a MA in “New Media”, as well as a MA in “Critical, Curatorial, Cyber -media Studies” (Geneva, Switzerland). She works at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo as an Assistant professor on Multimedia courses. She has been engaged in numerous local and international projects in the fields of culture and art. Her artworks were presented in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Montenegro, Ireland, Netherlands, Great Britain, Latvia, Italy, Germany, Greece, France, Canada, Japan, Columbia, etc.
Borjana Mrdja is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has since worked in painting, drawing, performance and video and has since exhibited in Albania, Austria, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and the USA. Borjana’s work considers issues of gender, identity and memory.