Simonida Rajčević


 

 

(Serbia)

 

 

 

 
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 Facutly of Fine Arts in Belgrade. During 2008 she was working as a guest associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade. Simonida Rajcevic has exhibited her works independently and together with other artists, both at home and abroad.
 

 

 

 
Jun 2010, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

A JOURNY THROUH THE NIGHT

 

Pictures on Bin Liners: Simonida Rajčević in the Gallery Perpétuel

 

Not exactly the shabbiest company that came together here: John Keats, for example, Lord Byron or William Blake, Rimbaud, Sylvia Plath or Dylan Thomas, with their seductive, glowingly gloomy verses, songs by Kurt Cobain, Nick Cave and Depeche Mode, over and over again, and here and there Sarah Kane, too: « No one can know what the night is like. » Dark Star, as is the title of Simonida Rajcevic’s installation that fills the whole exhibition space with drawings, represents nothing less than a journey through the centuries to the romantic, sometimes somberly romantic, nocturnal side of modernity. It is being shown in the Gallery Perpetuél  in Frankfurt (Oppenheimestraße 39).
 

 

 

 
The Belgrade-born artist (1974) treats the genuine inner attitude with the same earnestness as she does the vain pose. In her drawings, made with oil markers on dark grey bin liners, she blends existing pictures and her own, along with relevant textual fragments: she fuses pop and poetry, sex and drugs and rock’n’roll and iconic works from art history. A reminiscence of Duchamp’s Fountain next to a portrait of Michael Jackson, an allusion to Blake’s Demiurge, as well as pictures from porn magazines. One may call it daring, bold or even, polemically, name it a pose in itself, one that likes to use clichés. But it works anyway.

 

Not so much because all the talk of juvenile romanticism is immediately cast into doubt by the fact that quite a few of the poets, painters and musicians depicted here are stars on the artistic firmament who burnt out too early. Also not only because the more one progresses on this journey through the night, the harder it is to get out of one’s head Rilke’s verses that resonate in this space. As if they had been written for this room, for the souls redeemed as well as for the souls lost: « They chose florescency, / and flowers are beautiful; / we chose maturing, / and that means effort and obscurity. »

 

It is mostly because Rajcevic, with these hundred or so swiftly sketched pieces, mostly done in white on a dark grey surface, with occasional spells of glowing red, presents herself as a supreme draughtswoman who skilfully plays with texts and images, genres and styles and is in full command of her tools. Never mind that not every single one of these « feuilles » could exist for itself alone: it is as a space in which the trivial stands next to Rilke’s or Rimbaud’s verses, Cortney Love next to Gottfried Benn, landscapes next to portraits, graffiti next to still life-like arrangements that this Dark Star, dense, drowned in gloomy light and glittering from there all the more seductively, exerts its astonishingly suggestive power.

 

Christoph Schütte
 

 

 

 
BIOGRAPHY

 

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 Facutly of Fine Arts in Belgrade. During 2008 she was working as a guest associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade. Simonida Rajcevic has exhibited her works independently and together with other artists, both at home and abroad.
 

 

 

 

 

 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

• 2010, An Installation, DARK STAR, Galerie Perpetuel, Frankfurt

• 2010, An Installation, DARK STAR, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade

• 2008, The BELGRADE QUARTET PROJECT, The Arte Reale Gallery, Milan. Together with fashion designer Slavna Martinovic, and Manja Ristic, Ivana Grahovac from the Eruption group

• 2008, SNAKEWALL, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade

• 2007, An Exhibition of Paintings, The BELGRADE DOUBLE, Gallery Rothamel, Erfurt, Germany

• 2004, An Exhibition of Paintings (digital collage and misced techniques) and Drawings, TRUTH FOR THE TRUTH, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade

• 2002, An Exhibition of Paintings and Objects, NOVO, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade

• 1998, An Exhibition of Paintings, BERLIN MAINSTREAM 98, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade

• 1997, An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Prints, organized for the Youth of Serbia Festival in Knjazevac

• 1997, An Exhibition of Paintings, EXPRESS OLD MASTERS NON-STOP, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade

• 1995, An Installation, THE LAST SURVIVOR FROM NOSTROMO, SKC Gallery, Belgrade
 

 

 

 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 

 

• 2010, Galerie Perpetuel @ Vestry 12, Frankfurt

• 2009, Team that wins, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade

• 2008, The Best Of, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade

• 2008, BAF, Amsterdam

• 2007, Team that wins in Zvono Gallery, Belgrade

• 2006, Art Colony Sv. Rafailo Deronjski, Deronje

• 2003, Spring Exhibition of ULUS, Art Pavilion “Cvijeta Zuzoric”, Belgrade

• 2002, The 43rd. October Salon, Gallery of Pedagogical Museum, Belgrade

• 2002, New Year Exhibition, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade

• 2000, Spring Exhibition Of ULUS, Art Pavilion,Cvijeta Zuzoric”, Belgrade

• 2000, Spring Exhibition, Gallery ,,Bazalt”, Belgrade

• 2000, Exhibition of Yugoslavian drawings, author art historian Natalija Cerovic, Pozega

• 2000, Belgrade’s Salon 2000, Gallery Central Club Of JNA, Belgrade

• 1999, Spring Exhibition Of ULUS, Art Pavilion ,,Cvijeta Zuzoric”, Belgrade

• 1999, International Biennial Of Miniature, Gornji Milanovac

• 1998, exhibition of the NEW MEMBERS OF ULUS, ULUS Gallery, Belgrade

• 1997, MEMORIAL CHAMBER, exhibition of Student’s Parliament Cultural Service And The Youth Center, Barutana, Kalemegdan, Belgrade

• 1997, Second Yearly Exhibition of the Center of Contemporary Art, Pavilion “Veljkovic” Belgrade

• 1997, FROM APRIL TO APRIL, Gallery Andricev Venac, Belgrade

• 1996 and 1997, III and IV YOUTH SALON, Sremski Karlovci

• 1993, Gallery Zvono, Belgrade

• 1993, Gallery FLU, Belgrade
 

 

 

 
ART FAIRS:

 

MOSCOW ART FAIR 2010
MOSCOW ART FAIR 2009
VIENNA FAIR 2009
MOSCOW ART FAIR 2008
VIENNA FAIR 2008
VIENNA ART FAIR 2007
MOSCOW ART FAIR 2007
COLLOGNE ART FAIR 2007
VIENNA ART FAIR 2006
COLLOGNE ART FAIR 2006
VIENNA ART FAIR 2005
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.simonidasimonida.com

 

 

 

 

PHOTO : LAZARA MARINKOVIC : http://analog-dialogs.blogspot.fr/2011_01_01_archive.html

 

 

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