Luca Curci talks with Bokiki during ALCHEMIC BODY at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
The artistic project began in 1993 when two artists Irena Vujanovic and Bojan Jovanovic met by coincidence in Rio de Janeiro where Bojan was studying Visual Arts. Both of the artists come from the same city of Belgrade and left at the same time following the breakup of Yugoslavia; Irena moved to Chicago, while Bojan left for Brazil and later moved to New York. While Irena’s career was at the University connected with science and art simultaneously, Bojan, on the other hand, became involved with international caricature connected with the New York Times. By accident or perhaps fate, the two of them got reunited in Chicago in 2015, and soon after “Bokiki Art” was born. With the Postmodern period and the effects of the Market Eye, Bokiki has various influences ranging from Pop Art to Classical; Pop Art mainly coming from Bojan while classical influence comes from Irena. With the collide of two different genres, “Bokiki Art” has a lot to offer.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Bokiki art – Bokiki art is a general statement about life. We attempt to express our observation of life in all of its good and bad. Whether good or bad, we see and comment on using the language of art to define and express life’s challenges and changes.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
BA – We are looking and presenting life through the absurd moments that we both see and want to share.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
BA – We find our inspiration in the special moments that can happen anytime. We get intrigued by our surroundings. We try to freeze the beauty of that inner moment and share with others the best way we can. Like most of the artists do. The experience of working together and caching the mutual inspirational momentum from the start helps us to be more assured of the consistency of the final result.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
BA – We created numerous art series. We do focus on deferent themes but, in the end, it is captured by the same eye lens. The first time we exhibited for ITSLIQUID, Consciousness in Venice under the name “Stairs”, we contemplated a staircase. It looked like we were simply checking its functionality, but in reality, the stairs signify something deeper. For us, stairs are escape hatch from a trapped existence. While these structures seem innocuous in themselves, they still present the escape routes. We question the necessity of escaping self-imposed fears; in our eyes, we are surrounded by a world that is basically simple, elementary. At the recent exhibition in London, Alchemic Body, Bokiki art is catching the moment of the beauty of “Lovers”. It looks that “Lovers” are posing – in reality, they are caught under surveillance. Still beautiful, but intimacy is lost when multiple eyes, social networks, and media are present. The hidden part of “Lovers” identity is getting lost.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
BA – As we have mentioned, the theme for our art comes from everyday life, and our subject is people and their behavior in society, and the “situations” they get in, starting with ourselves. We are always in the process of discovering new concepts as a way to communicate our perception of life.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
BA – “Alchemists and artists are fascinated by the concept of transformation and they both work to discover and create new possible worlds.” Bokiki art is absorbing life and growing while exploring a new expression and new concepts.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
BA – Just the name “Lovers” can make us think and “analyze the hidden part of our identities through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of complex labyrinths of our consciousness”, We agree it was the main team of the exhibition ALHEMIC BODY.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
BA – It impresses us as a focused concept that is carefully through; it addresses many challenges that the art world is facing.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
BA – We applied and sent our artwork from USA-Chicago for your exhibits but unfortunately, we did not attend any of the events. Hopefully, in the future, we will have the opportunity. Still, we are glad to be taking part in it and happy to see online how the art is presented to a wider audience in Venice or in London.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
BA – Your service is very honest and friendly. It is such a pleasure to work with ITSLIQUID. To be continued.