MLADEN MILJANOVIĆ (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Live durational performance The Guard of Honour. Curated by Aurora Fonda | Galleria A plus A.
Mladen Miljanovic, The Guard of Honour. Durational performance at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Alexander Harbaugh.
Mladen Miljanović born
in Zenica, Yugoslavia, in 1981, is wrought around an account of the divided
place in which his art is mobilised. Following a short military term, Miljanović enrolled
at the Academy of Arts, in Banja Luka, where he still lives. A potent
opposition to a divisive ethno-nationalist politics ever-present in the
post-conflict, post-socialist, transition era of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Miljanović deploys
what he calls an artistic- military practice. Incorporating cartographic and
military surveying techniques learnt at a reserve officer military school,
his own soldierly past and interrogates, through his artistic-military
practice, an ethno-nationalist militarised Bosnia-Herzegovina.
At the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, Miljanovic presents the live durational performance The Guard of Honour, confronting the image
of the fragile disappearing body in the most sensitive state, and his one
body in the straight military pose. The connecting and separation
point of both bodies is military/war, and life and death. Both bodies at the same time
suffer from and honor life.
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