Interview: Nebojša Dimovski
Luca Curci talks with Nebojša Dimovski during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello in Venice.
“I studied at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Sarajevo and after graduating I moved to Rome, Italy, where I gained my BA in fine arts at Rome Art Academy in 2011. From there I continued my journey to The Netherlands, where I dedicated myself to personal research. Madrid was my next destination and my home town until the recent pandemic. During that period I participated and was included in the finalists of various art prizes, from which I can select the oldest art prize in Spain – Salon de Otoño – and the first prize at the International Art Prize ‘Valencia Cuna’. My art is present in various institutions and in homes of art collectors all around the world.”
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Nebojsa Dimovski – I was born in a country that no longer exist – Yugoslavia – in a city called Mostar, now part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. My childhood was marked by the unfortunate events that affected my country – the civil war in 1992. I had to flee my hometown with my family and experience the life of the refugees, changing houses and cities constantly. I think in that time I developed strong empathy and love for human interactions. In those days I experienced the scenes similar to Aki Kaurismaki’s movies, where people share the few things they have left and where warmness of human hearth would fill the empty stomach. After that, I have never lived in a city for more than 5 years, I just kept moving, searching for new experiences. Every time I feel too comfortable in a place, I would need to jump out of the monotony and seek new challenges… start building life from scratch all over again. I feel that this has shaped me and my art in a significant way and I believe that the artist should live their life as if it were a work of art.
LC – What are you currently working on?
ND – Currently, I am finishing the series inspired by Dante’s Inferno, but set in today’s society where human vices are promoted as virtues and where, even if we are progressing technologically, we are losing our humanity more and more.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
ND – I feel the world is changing so fast that we are not able to control nor able to adapt anymore. And change is increasing exponentially! That’s happening with the art world and question is either to adapt or to remain truthful to our values. In a society characterised by quick and cheap emotions, I still believe that the artist must stay true to himself, even if it is “the road less travelled”. Being an artist nowadays requires so many skills that have nothing to do with art – marketing, selling, etc. – but in my opinion, it would be perfect if the artist could focus 100 percent on personal research and growth.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
ND – All visual artist use art as a way to express something they cannot verbalize in the best way. Art for me is like an extension of my soul, where with my thoughts and my gestures I am trying to give piece of myself on a simple blank canvas for people to feel.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
ND – My art is mainly focused on people, both on the complexity and the simplicity we carry with our existence. I believe that sometimes we don’t have to escape from figurative painting in order to bring something new and fresh into contemporary art. The subtleties of the painter’s brushstroke and the vast universe hidden in the human eyes bring so much variety and difference. That difference is not seen with quick eye scrolling down on Instagram, but looking deeper and contemplating.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
ND – I have loved the whole experience of Venice International Art fair, knowing that it has been hard organizing everything due to the pandemic and the restrictions. It will definitely inspire me to work more and to participate in many other art fairs.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
ND – The art shown in the exhibition is entitled “Greed”, the fourth circle of Dante’s inferno, the first one from the nine-paintings series I have worked on recently. Most of the artists have expressed their inner emotions about the issues we are facing as a modern society. The pandemic as a theme had a strong presence in the festival as it is something that has influenced us the most in the past year and a half, but I have tried to reflect more on what is happening internally to us, rather than on external factors.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
ND – Of course. The whole organization was excellent. The director of the festival Luca Curci was a kind host and all the girls in the organization did an amazing work and were extremely warm and helpful.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
ND – I think there is always room for improvement, but the services were excellent. Maybe have a small Q&A or brainstorming with all the artists together. I think that the possibility of having a sponsorship is a great asset for the artist, so I am using this to thank the Croatian Cultural Society (HKD) Napredak and the City of Mostar for supporting me in this beautiful experience.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
ND – Of course. I think that ITSLIQUID GROUP has a very good network of exhibition spaces and a strong online presence. Artists can present their works in some of the Europe’s finest locations and, at the same time, benefit from the large social media following.