On Thursday, April 28th, we opened a joint exhibition of artists Sofija Pašalić and Nemanja Jovanović called “Neo-Neolithic”.
“The Future” is the past of the Neo-Neolithic. The time cycle of life on earth has circled and returned to the beginning. The days are counted from the zero with the memory of the previous ones. Testimonies of the past times that resonate in the “new” age are the subject of reflection and narration. Whether the past is viewed with nostalgia or we shy away from it. The exhibits of the “museum” of the Neo-Neolithic are a fictional possibility of our continued existence, a return to the earth as a primeval monument of the world. What is the forerunner of the Neolithic era, what is its everyday life, what conditioned its development which artifacts suggest?
Neo-Neolithic or the new new Stone Age is a collection of works of free expression created by researching the techniques of handicrafts, their renewal and maintenance in contemporary space. The purpose of these works is to respond to the overall one-dimensional digitalization of life with its own narrative approach in all spheres of culture and society. The works can also be seen as a response to the narrative of the necessity and inevitability of digitalization of society.
Sofija Pašalić, born in Belgrade in 1996, graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, majoring in graphics and book, in 2019.During her studies, she went on an exchange program to Krakow, to the Jan Matejko Academy, where she found interest in intermedia and performative arts. She finished her master’s studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, at the Department of New Media, in 2021.
Nemanja Jovanović, born in Belgrade in 1990, graduated from the Faculty of Philology at the Department of Oriental Studies, Japanese Language Group, in 2014. He won a scholarship from the People’s Republic of China in 2018 for a three-year master’s program in Chinese, where he researched poetry and aesthetics.