About the Artist: Mladen Miljanovic

Bosnia & Herzegovina Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 23, 2013 9:04PM

Mladen Miljanović’s artworks are all either directly or obliquely preoccupied with his experience in military training and fighting the Yugoslav Wars. Miljanović, who doesn’t consider himself a political artist, told a journalist that “The not-so-distant past and the resulting present time, still damaged, are very conspicuous in my work”—first, he describes, as a means of introspection, and later as a metaphor for “problematic areas of human activity.” Read more.. 

“According to Walter Benjamin, vision precedes words. A child uses his eyes to make distinctions between things before he can speak. However, it is precisely vision that defines our position in the world surrounding us. We use words to understand and explain the world around us, but they do not have the power to annihilate it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never a complete or final one.”— Mladen Miljanovic


Bosnia & Herzegovina Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale