Friday 30th October 2015 at 6.00pm
Peacock Visual Arts, 21 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BQ
Ilija Šoškić will be speaking about his artistic practice, accompanied by Dragica Cakic. Dragica has extensive knowledge of the performance art history from the Balkans, which, over the years has often been buried, deliberately rewritten or badly reported. They will be joined by VestAndPage to also talk in general about performance art in the Balkans. They will also show the film, Zygote. Made in 2011 it is a work dominated by the figure of the artist philosopher. Even in its name it is a powerful metaphor as its meaning alludes to the idea of a new organism, the germ of a new being. Zygote is an illumination of the pure vital forces and energy that nourish the artist’s spirit.
Born 1935 in Decani, Yugoslavia, Ilija Šoškić is widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the conceptual tradition in the former Yugoslavia. A pioneering spirit working in performance, video, photography and interactive installations, he studied Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade. Ilija was one of the first Balkan artists to move to Italy in the 70’s, he became associated with Galleria Attico in Rome where Kounellis, Ontani and many other prominent artists were active. He also became friends with Pasolini, whose death he commemorated with a contentious installation on the exact spot of his murder. It was a politically difficult period in Italy and Ilija’s seminal performance actions criticized both the arts system and politics of that period. In 2008 he received the Duclea Montenegrin Award for his contribution to Performance Art, alongside Eugenio Barba. In 2011 he represented Montenegro (national pavilion, in the project MACCO Cetinje) and Italy (Port of Art, Central Europe Initiative Trieste) at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). He lives and works in Rome and Montenegro, where he is a member of the Montenegro’s Council of Artists (ULUCG).