Submission
Tijana Radenković

EDEN -Immortal Place

The solo exhibition project Eden Immortal Place is a logical continuation of the previous research on issues related to identity, solidarity or, in a sense, stability. The project is based on the phenomenon of “Biophilia”, a term first used by psychologist Erich Fromm and further developed by the American biologist Edward O. Wilson, who pointed out the consequences of separation from nature. The author seeks to reconstruct the ideal place, the Garden of Eden, representing immortality, a utopia based on mythology, but at the same time it is an attempt to reconstruct society – it is a reflection of the decaying systems we have witnessed in the past, present and necessary future. Tijana Radenković completed her master’s degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, where she has recently obtained a doctoral degree. During her doctoral studies in 2017, thanks to the ERASMUS program, she participated in a stay at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, where she still works today. She has exhibited independently and on group exhibitions in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy and Germany. The exhibition at the Šopa Gallery is the author’s first solo exhibition in Slovakia and is the result of her two-month residency as part of the KAIR project. The exhibitions of this gallery and the residency program are supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council. Slovak Arts Council is the main partner of the project. The residency of Tijana Radenković is also supported by the Minority Culture Fund. We thank Jozef Vančo / GUTENART and Michal Mitro for cooperation in the production of the exhibition.


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Tijana Radenkovic, Eden Immortal Place, 2021, Instalation with plants and sound, dimension variabile
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Tijana Radenkovic, Eden Immortal Place, 2021, silicone, oil colors and metal, 65 x 35 cm
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I dream about a country so distant from today’s world. Diverse and vast, that passes through me and soothes my restless mind. All negative emotions, anger, the frustration of sadness cease to exist. I quietly sense how my body comes to life. A pleasant warm breeze caresses my skin, and I enjoy moistness under my feet. I enthusiastically watch the symbiosis and deep interconnectedness of countless species of animals and plants of various shapes, forms, sizes, and scents. They speak in an unreproducible harmonic symphony. Time as we know it looses its function here. Immortality. Paradise without the fear, anxiety, and loneliness, where care and perfect mutual compactness prevail. It becomes clear to me that it cannot be real, and inconsolable unrest awakens in me. Suddenly, the tones are changing, the rhythm is changing and fluently transforms first to the mild disharmony and then to the unpleasant cacophony of sounds, as baby hits with the fingers the keys of the out of tune piano. Even the atmosphere, air, and smells are different. I feel chill, and the light darkens to amaranthine.
Only a few species of plants remain, which at times loudly, at times wailfully tell the story, warn of the approaching end – You have gone too far. With your anthropocentric position, effort to gain absolute domination over everything alive, you broke your way to the suffering and more than probable extinction. With the global capitalism system focused on economic growth, mass overproduction, pollution, and plundering of natural resources came to the point of an irreversible climatic crisis that has the consequences of losing biodiversity. You forgot that only thanks to Earth’s diversity is it possible to have clear air, drinking water, quality soil, and crops pollination. Just thanks to the variety of life, you too can exist.
That’s enough! My ears hurt, my head is spinning, and I feel my heartbeat quicken. I open my eyes and feel bitterness on my tongue that hardly tries to unstick from the palate in my mouth. The bitter taste is rooted in our DNA. I don’t know if it is a day or night, if I am in the past, present, or near future. I look around. I am in a space permeated with a strange scent that is foreign to me. It is something like the sterile smell of chlorine spreading from strange biomorphic objects reminiscing the remains of the unsuccessful human effort to save its species.