For the exhibition “Fiery Greetings”, curator Ana Adamović selected several photo albums from the archive of the Museum of Yugoslav History, for each artist taking part. In the albums I received, I noticed a fluent continuation of ideas and concepts of design ranging from toys to furniture to urban planning. One has to question if the implementation of an ideology goes hand in hand with the development of very specific stylistic and aesthetic rules.
The sculpture “Modulus” compares the approaches in design presented in these albums, rescales them using a set of primitive components and places both a child and an adult within this new environment. Architecture seamlessly transforms into a playground toy, then into a piece of furniture. The borders are blurred by a formal continuity of modular shapes. The spectator is metaphorically invited to live and play in this constructed space.
The sculpture, build from identical wooden beams, functions almost as a technical drawing. A sort of architectural sketch in space. We only see lines suggesting where elements are located. Everything stays transparent and functions are merely suggested. As you complete the image in your mind, you can start to imagine a possible life within. A woman walks through the door, a child crawls up a ladder,… But however vivid the image becomes, you realise that the structure can never be a functional space.
Production: KIOSK, Belgrade, RS