The theme of the exhibition of works by Saša Tkacenko (1979) and Vladimir Miladinovic (1981) is truth, interpretation and nostalgia. Both artists were born in the former Yugoslavia and each has their own way of reflecting on their roots and painful recent history. Parts Project shows works by both artists from private collections from Belgrade, Serbia. A country where appreciation for contemporary art sometimes seems hard to find. They are both responding to something that is non-existent. Tkacenko binds his wounds by reaching out to the distant past and uses memories of a beautiful, pre-war Yugoslavia. Miladinovic, on the other hand, dives into the harsh reality of the war and examines the impact of media manipulation.
Miladinovic’s drawings emphasise the ambiguity that probably applies to every war that has been fought anywhere. No matter how hard people try to return to their normal life and look to the future, the past continues to occupy the present. The earth may be tainted but it still forms the basis for moving forward while wanting to forget as well as remember what lies behind us and secretly surrounds us at the same time.
The materials and design used by Tkacenko help convey, in an almost propagandist way, a yearning for a time that is, was and ever will be non-existent. This longing for the unattainable, the search for a time or place where you belong, creates a unique, highly individual symbolism that is focused on melancholy.