Schleifmühlgasse 18 - 1040 Vienna 
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4.9. - 26.9.2014
Opening: Thursday, 4th September 2014, 6 pm
WHERE: Galerie Michaela Stock, Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Vienna


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Montenegrin art scene, seen as part of global corpus of international tendencies could, at first sight, seem as totally marginal, especially if we have in mind what happened in the neighboring countries during the last decades. Artists from Montenegro like Milija Pavićević have managed to escape war themes, and mostly focused on problems and commentaries on social breaks as well as disturbed values or use the introspection to try to understand the very personal existence in local environment.

"Milija Pavićević's exuberant body of work is a life-long and wanton, ardent and fervent self-creation through art. His art is a long journey of change, of gathering energy, followed by complete discharge, of creating the new and unmaking the created, of engaging the existent and denying the expected, of undermining the completed. Pavićević's art is an art of perpetual self-portraiture, a relentless, mass production of the artist's own image (and creation in his own image), a disarming persistence of self-exposure and unabashed, uncompromising self-revelation. His memory is not a regressive force, sickened by resentment: it is creative, disturbing and re-setting the vectors of time, space, meaning and sense. His use of photography is not an attempt to stop the destructive work of Time, to fix, to freeze a past that will always have the face of Death. Like many appropriation artists, Pavićević naturally and inevitably uses photography. Photography, as a medium that can be reproduced and endlessly multiplied, eliminating the instances of authorship, originality and authenticity, was the most suitable tool of "citation culture", a natural partner in the "conspiracy" of confiscation and appropriation.
Pavićević's artistic self is constructed from a multitude of images with which he doubles himself: image-memories, image-thoughts, images-of himself and images-of other living people, images-of other people's art, mass media images, images of desire and images of personal phantasmal projections that manically multiply, circulate and leap out at him in public spaces and the spaces of his private everyday life.

In the series of collages Ciao Amore the artist makes multiple copies of a black and white photo that records a moment from his childhood. Copies of this photograph will go through diverse "collaging" interventions by the artist: they will be coloured, undergo montage within the photograph and insertions of other photographs, fragments from porn magazines and reproductions of classical and modern art.
In CT Park - a series of large scale images featuring a park in Cetinje - we see a photography showing the artist under a cherry blossom firmament. This sky is the shelter under which life and death make a "wild marriage".

In the series M.P.A.Č. the artist and his friend Čilikov carrying suitcases walking of the cemetery. This is a scene of a lively, light and leisurely walk to a familiar place, a walk into a future that has already happened, into the unknown that is now familiar, so that we are now prepared for whatever is to come."1 (excerpt from the essay M.P. - A Time Odyssey by Svetlana Racanović, Milija Pavićević, Podgorica-Cetinje, 2013, p. 96-152)

Milija Pavićević | press release
Milija Pavićević | press photo 1 | CT Park, 2008/2014, photography, edition: each 3 +2 AP, 120 x 171 cm
Milija Pavićević | press photo 2 | Ciao Amore, 2000-2005, series of 2 photos, photography with collage and painting, unique piece, each 27 x 40 cm
Milija Pavićević | press photo 3 | Ciao Amore, 2000-2005, series of 2 photos, photography with collage and painting, unique piece, each 27 x 40 cm
Milija Pavićević

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