Interview: Sandra Mladjanovic
Luca Curci talks with Sandra Mladjanovic during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY – 1ST EDITION, at Valid World Hall Gallery.
Sandra Mladjanovic is a visual artist and graphic designer from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Born in 1984 in the city of Doboj, where she currently works and lives. Her work is versatile, she likes to do different art, paintings, performances, and photography. In her recent work, she is fascinated by 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 are you currently working on?
Sandra Mladjanovic – I am preparing some underwater projects. Exploring the new terrains for artistic acting. Recording the movie for underwater festivals.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
SM – I am fascinated by cinema and dreams. I usually like to say that I like many film directors and movie photography. I am practising this especially when I set my scene for projects. According to my dreams, I know what I need and what I want to express.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
SM – Somehow yes. I am less in painting, more in photography, and more and more in video work. The biggest moment for me is the orientation to water, the underwater world. Now in the phase of exploration are very interesting underwater film and photography. Generally underwater world, gravity under the sea, the vibration of the sea… totally new sensation on body and mind.
LC – What is your creative process like?
SM – Usually when I see some ideas in my mind better say feel it, then I start to think and feel what I need to express (photography, video, installation, costume, or something else). For this video project, the most important thing was my connection with the space, indoor and outdoor. Mapping that space in my mind and ordering sets I feel ready to perform ideas.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
SM – Catch the time to express all I feel, especially now when I explore the sea.
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 – This work accidentally found its space in this festival. More intuitive reason than rational. I was fascinated by the idea it is Barcelona, and it would be so nice to be there somehow.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
SM – I feel it is the red colour. When I think about Spain, for me it is the red colour, passion, expression, dancing, singing. Thanks to my friend diver from Egypt I got a short video sequence of a Spanish dancer and I included it in this project. I feel that it perfectly fits with my dress and other parts of the performance.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
SM – ITSLIQUID platform is great for artists from all around the world. It is not closed to any type of art and mixes different artistic forms.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
SM – ITSLIQUID Group already did it for me, giving me chance to be part of a bigger art space.
LC – What is art for you?
SM – Art is feeling. Feeling about everything.