Interview: Sandra Mladjanovic
Luca Curci talks with Sandra Mladjanovic during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Sandra Mladjanovic is a visual artist and graphic designer from Bosnia and Herzegovina, born in 1984 in the city of Doboj where she works and lives. Her work is versatile, she likes to do different art, paintings, performances, photography. In her recent work, she is fascinated with the movement and the recording of the same in short or long sequences creating loops. Her work always includes elements of introspection and reflection. She has exhibited in Bosnia, Serbia, North Macedonia, Cyprus, England and Italy.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Sandra Mladjanovic – The background of my video work is love for a motion picture, in slow motion technique. My favourite film director is Lars von Trier, and one of my favourites is Melancholia. When I say movie I think of Prologue of all movies where he uses slow motion. Also, I love to use the body, to be in front of and behind the camera. Those are different states of mind, not always easy for me, but definitely fulfilling.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
SM – For the most part, my work is imbued with a psychological aspect, which is particularly introspective and reflexive. I’m interested in the slow-moving state because in that way I can feel melancholy. In the work that I showed in Venice, in the moment I personally viewed the video on the opening night, where I can see also the reaction of spectators, I had a feeling that I am not just questioning the melancholy of the dancing and tormenting bodies, but that is some metaphysically positive message.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
SM – I have worked with students for 12 years now, and to a larger part I am dedicated to mentoring them, a small amount of time is left for my work. Usually, I tend to seclude myself for the last 5 years on Cypres in summer school in Lemba, where I take a studio and create. For the last five years, different projects came from there and also from collaboration with other artists. After 3 years of collaborating with my college Federica Dalla Vecchia from Verona, who I consult because of her long experience in working with National Theatre in London, I am always more sure of that part of the story. Costume means a lot to me.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
SM – The most challenging part of the creative process is to start doing it, to decide to do it and to confront the process. Wishes are always big! I cannot function without structure.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
SM – The video work that I presented in your gallery was not created for your festival. That is a process started in 2019 that I worked in Cyprus. Only when I read the title it was clear to me that I fit into the subject.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
SM – I’m sure your approach to art is right. The very idea of gathering people from all over the world and giving everyone the opportunity to show what they do is a humane character for me.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
SM – I enjoyed working with you very much and would be happy to recommend the same to others.