Persona and Her Shadow
On display August 11 – September 10, 2022
Dragan Vojvodić’s exhibition takes two opposing concepts devised by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung — the “persona,” a social mask or the self that is presented to the world, and the “shadow,” one’s more latent disposition — as his framework for examining the complex position of an artist. In his work, he at once presents a public image, a “persona,” but he is also aware that his “shadow” – the darker, more chaotic aspects of one’s psyche – is an integral part of the artmaking process.
Additionally, Vojvodić investigates his own artistic attitudes, education, and individual character, as well as the experience of growing up within a turbulent political and economic system. He witnessed the disintegration of his own homeland, the Former Yugoslavia (SFRY), during the 1990s. Since leaving the city of his youth, Sarajevo, Vojvodić has been in constant motion. Over the years, he has visited numerous artists’ residencies around the world in search of the space for creation.
This exhibition features photographs, prints, sculptures, videos, and installations that reflect his global and diverse aesthetic and political perspectives. Vojvodić’s works also engage directly with a history of Conceptual Art, and he cites artists Marcel Duchamp, Kazimir Malevich, and John Cage as significant predecessors for his own practice.
About the Artist:
Multimedia artist Dragan Vojvodić graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia and entered into a dialogue with the contemporary art scene in the second half of the 1990s. A painter by primary vocation, he soon discovered new and provocative possibilities of interdisciplinary thinking and action. He focuses his research on performance, art action, installation, photography, video, and space intervention, often combining them and creating a multimedia dialogue. Born in Sarajevo, Vojvodić witnessed the disintegration of the Former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. As a result of this unrest, exile and nomadism influence his artistic process. Most of his works reflect socio-political issues and personal responses to international travel and were produced during artist-in-residency projects abroad, including USA, Japan, Iceland, Norway, Finland.
Dragan Vojvodić is currently living and working in Novi Sad, Serbia.
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