Serbian Pavilion at 54. Venice Bienial presents artist Raša Dragoljub Todosijević, a winner of UniCredit Venice Award.“The Jury decided to attribute the award to the Serbian artist Dragoljub Raša Todosijević. The exhibition manifests a profound vision of history and of the challenge to ideologies in Central Eastern Europe, one which is communicated through a strong personal approach. At the heart of his works there lies the moral engagement of the contemporary artist. His artistic praxis bonds together past and present, and reflects his authentic participation in the contemporary discourse – stated Walter Guadagnini, Chairman of the “UniCredit for Art” Scientific Commission.
Like many artists of his generation, his aesthetic thinking has been shaped on the basis of his critical approach to Balkan history and politics. The whole pavilion features a coherent installation, involving retrospective elements as well as recent works, meaning that the installation is in fact an open process”. The winning project will be awarded a form of recognition worth €150,000, thus allowing the work to be included in the UniCredit Collection. The work will then be given on long-term free loan to one of the most important Serbian contemporary museums.
The UniCredit Venice Award is the contemporary arts prize set up by the Group in February 2011 and which in this first edition attracted candidacies from eight Countries from Central Eastern Europe where UniCredit is present: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.