DEAC Annual Report 2016
Mission of DEAC
DEAC works in a small town, with cultural projects usually organized in large cities, with an established cultural scene. We are working in a new, young country. It is crucial to start the project at a time when the status of culture in the entire world is changing. From a financial perspective, culture is becoming a driver of economy, similarly to science in the 20th century. Our project is the first one created by an art institution, with the aim of using culture as an instrument.
DEAC wants Montenegro to offer living conditions that are suitable for the most demanding people from all over the world, those who seek not only nature, but also comfort and a generally stimulating lifestyle. Our plans for the immediate future include transforming the Dukley Art Center and its surrounding area in Kotor into a modern cultural center for the town’s residents and its visitors alike.
DEAC Exhibitions 2016:
“Collective Gesture Theatre”
“Collective Gesture Theatre” is a world of internal direction, a unified, stereotypical culture in which individuality loses its uniqueness, and with it it’s freedom of choice. Globalised civilization is rushes forward in a blind flow, generating a hypnotic synchrony of society «while man, betrayed by the world escapes into himself, into his anguish, his desires, his rebellion, and lets himself be deafened by the sounds of his own anguished soul to such an extent, that he can no longer hear the voices addressing him from the outside.“
«L’albatros mon amour” & “The Trap”
“L’albatros mon amour” is «a series of paintings, which describe in some detail my holiday romance with an albatross. Everything happened here in Kotor, Montenegro. Afterwards we flew our separate ways and never saw each other again.»
«The Trap” is an installation about the fears that drive us into those internal traps from which there is no escape.
Having literally climbed the stairs to the very top, the viewer is increasingly confronted by his phobias, and by the choice: either to run back down or climb out onto the roof or to subdue those fears by confronting them. ”
“Pictures painted in Montenegro”
Alexander Florensky about his exhibition:
«I am in Montenegro for the second time, and again on the invitation of Dukley Art Center (exactly one year ago, in January 2015, I travelled all over the country and made the book Montenegrin Alphabet).
This time it seemed to me the most logical thing was to make a series of paintings and drawings about Montenegro. Seeing such beauty around (and most beautiful was the view of Kotor and Kotor Bay from my studio window of Jugooceanija) and not to react to it seemed to me somewhat unnatural.
In general, I must say that travelling and then painting my surroundings has been a favourite activity of mine from a young age.
In addition, during a joint trip in 2004 to the Solovki Islands in the White Sea with the artist Ivan Sotnikov (1961-2015), we established the so-called «Society of people who like painting and drawing” which advocated a return to traditional artistic values in the era of postmodernism, and encouraged artists to return to the practice of drawing and painting from life. Over the years the society organised many artistic trips to different cities (from Norilsk to Jerusalem) and took part in many exhibitions and festivals, engaging many different artists along the way, and often those who are removed from such naturalistic art practices.
The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Ivan Sotnikov, who worked a lot in Montenegro in the last years of his life. ”
Olga Florenskaya about her exhibition: «The fabric collages made over the two months of my residency at the Dukley European Art Community, depict the exploits and adventures of several Montenegrin captains. This topic arose because of several reasons:
1) The Dukley Art Center is located in the building of the former Yugoslav shipping company Jugooceanija, whose windows offer beautiful views of the Bay of Kotor, the ancient city of Kotor and many of the surrounding coastal villages.
2) The towns and villages surrounding the Bay of Kotor, have long been famous for their sailors and shipbuilding.
In the towns of Kotor and Perast I found excellent maritime museums, displaying many paintings of the local captains and their ships. Here one can find both prominent figures such as Admiral Matija
3) Zmajević – associate of Peter I, or the captain Ivo Visin who circumnavigated the globe, as well as unremarkable characters such as Captain Gligorije Širović – who fell overboard at night and was miraculously rescued.
4) For my fabrics I usually choose ‘touching and heroic’ subjects. The stories about Montenegrin captains fit perfectly; their journeys, battles with the pirates, wondrous escapes, etc. «