For the second year, Belgrade's Laufer gallery is showcasing Serbia's most prominent and exciting contemporary artists. Over the past three years alone, Belgrade has witnessed an impressive art boom, with many new private galleries setting down in the city, many young artists getting long overdue international recognition and a sizeable increase in foreign collectors and curators visiting. Laufer gallery has been at the forefront of these developments. To a certain extent it has even helped shaped them and bring them about. The two artists presented this year – one was already here in 2018 – offer many clues as to why the Belgrade art scene is so strongly and rapidly emerging. Both Dragan Bibin and Paris-based Mihael Milunovic excel in what some would call traditional media – drawing, oil on canvas. But traditional is now way to describe their approach, their styles or their narrative. In both artists' works you can see pressing, even oppressing, issues being masterfully weaved in. Their work is a powerful reminder that trends never can matter as much as emotions and visions when those are aptly crafted into visual expressions. Bibin and Milunovic remain attentitve to the contemporary art scene, but they stay their course – both individual and collective. They remain true to the geography, the space and the emotions of their stomping ground, thus able, through these particulars, to reach the universal.