Open call: Digital Dialogues with Mladen Miljanovic

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During the first lockdown in 2020, as an extension of the monthly studio visit program, Stroom initiated the Digital Dialogues, in which artists from The Hague enter into online discussions with an interesting artist, writer or curator. You can now sign up for a Digital Dialogue with Mladen Miljanovic: a visual artist, researcher and professor who lives and works in in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Miljanovic is also a guest in Stroom's Reading Residency program, which because of covid restrictions will partly take place online.

On Thursday 18 and Friday 19 March 2021 Mladen Miljanovic will conduct one on one talks via Zoom with artists in The Hague, about their artistic practice.

Mladen Miljanovic describes his fields of interest as follows:
"I base my art practice upon a conceptual and provocative approach which is questioning my own social, political, cultural surrounding and living conditions: on the one hand my work is influenced by the experience of growing up during the war and its aftermath in the destroyed, impoverished, ethnically and territorially divided, and externally isolated country. On the other hand, it is my formal education (Reserve Officer Military School, and later work at a tombstones workshop). The consequences of the war, knowledge gained in the military school make the basic field of reference of my work as an artist. From the primary education of being painter now I combine new media and conceptual strategies into pluralistic, engaged and subversive contemporary art approach. In that approach art is not a goal, but more a tool. In the most recent work and research I'm interested in strategies and methods how to use fields of arts and culture as providers of knowledge in both a classical and subversive way, and to explore passive positions of both artists and cultural institutions. Part of that research are aspects of today's militarised and neoliberal knowledge, monetisation and exclusion, and how through more or less radical models these fields of locked knowledge can be decontaminated and distributed."

You can apply up to (and including) 4 March 2021
If you are interested in an online conversation about your art and art practice with Mladen Miljanovic, you can apply up to (and including) 4 March via de following link:
The talks take place via Zoom. There is limited availability, so please don't wait too long before signing up. All entries will be sent to Mladen along with a few suggestions from Stroom, after which he will make the selection of his choice. You will only receive notice if you have been selected by Mladen for a Digital Dialogue.

Short biography
Born in Zenica (Yugoslavia) in 1981, he completed the secondary school in Doboj. After the secondary school he attended the Reserve Officer Military School where he earned the rank of sergeant. As a sergeant he trained 30 privates. After the completion of his military term he worked in a stonemason workshop on producing tombstones. After a few years of working with tombstones he enrolled at the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka. Currently he lives and works in Banja Luka, where he teaches New media art at the Academy of Arts, University of Banja Luka.

At the early stage of his practice he was included in the international selection of artists under 33 Younger Than Jesus - Artist directory by New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Massimiliano Gioni; he participated in the 55th Venice Biennale, 15th Busan Video biennale and recently 13th Cairo Biennale among other group shows. His solo shows and projects were at MUMOK - Vienna, Gallery MC - New York, ACB Gallery - Budapest, A+A Gallery - Venice, Neue Galerie Graz and many others.

About the studio visiting program and Digital Dialogues
On a monthly basis Stroom invites curators, artists and critics from The Netherlands and abroad to visit the studios of artists in The Hague. These studio vistis offer an opportunity for artists to present their work and receive contructive feedback on their practice. The program also aims is to strengthen and broaden the artists' network.

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus the monthly studio visiting program is temporarily halted, while the need for feedback remains undiminished. Instead of physical studio visits Stroom offers an alternative in the form of the Digital Dialogues program.