• 22/05/2024/

  • Gallery ,,Terra"

Maja Erdeljanin – Dear Diary : International Days of Awareness

On Wednesday, May 22 , the exhibition ” Dear Diary : International Days of Awareness” by Maja Erdeljanin was opened in the TERRA gallery.

The exhibition is open until June 2 8. 2024.


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International Days of Awareness mark different events or topics with the aim of promoting them, raising awareness, and calling for action. Each date is important to someone, and all topics are worth contemplating (endangered species, diseases, underappreciated professions, natural disasters, dangerous phenomena, etc.). This long list proves that there are actually no ordinary days, only personal expectations. The polyptych Dear Diary: Year of Awareness, created in celebration of ordinary days, consists of 366 images, each depicting a calendar date in a year – with dimensions of 24 x 30cm, symbolically representing 24 hours x 30 days in a month. The title contains information about the global and personal Days of Awareness. The polyptych, measuring 1.82m in height and 16.96m in length, has been in continuous creation since 2006. It is a collage created from copies of book pages, newspaper articles, paid bills, museum and cinema tickets, flyers – all serving as symbols of the storm of information that society continuously and temporarily introduces into my consciousness.

MAJA ERDELJANIN (Novi Sad, 1971)

Maja is engaged in visual arts through her authorial and editorial work. In addition to this, she has published several prose books. She completed her undergraduate studies (1995) and master’s studies (2008) at the Painting Department at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. She is a member of professional associations of visual artists SULUV and Likovni krug. As an art editor since 1997, she has curated programs and exhibitions at the DA Gallery of the Student Cultural Centre in Novi Sad, the Podrum Gallery, and the visual arts program of the Cultural Centre in Novi Sad. Since 2013, she has been the editor of the Small Art Salon at the Cultural Centre of Novi Sad. She has organized around 700 exhibitions of contemporary artists of all generations from Serbia and the world, in various gallery, museum, and non-gallery spaces, as well as other programs in collaboration with institutions, organizations, and associations in the field of culture in the country and abroad. Since 1992, she has actively participated in art colonies and symposiums, exhibiting her works solo and in group exhibitions throughout Serbia, as well as in Montenegro, Greece, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Spain, France, Slovenia, Macedonia, and the USA. She has received several awards for painting and gallery work. She has held seventy solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Her works can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, the Museum of Vojvodina, the Museum of the City of Novi Sad, the Gallery of Matica Srpska, the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Novi Sad, the Ruma Heritage Museum, the Ečka Contemporary Gallery, the Executive Council of Vojvodina, the City Image of the City of Novi Sad, the Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, Futura – Novi Sad, Coca Cola – Belgrade, Nis Naftagas, PE Poslovni prostor Novi Sad, the Chamber of Commerce of Vojvodina, RTV Vojvodina, PE Srbijašume, DDOR, Városi Művészeti Múzeum Győr, Schloss Gabelhofen, Đerdap turist Kladovo, and others.

Published books: Dear Diary /Dragi dnevniče/, a collection of stories and paintings (MSUV, Novi Sad, 2023), Der Dnevnik, a novel (KOV, Vršac, 2013), City Image – Novi Sad in the Visual Arts of the 18-21st Century / Slika grada – Novi Sad u likovnim umetnostima 18-21. Veka/ (co-authored texts by Vladimir Mitrović and Sava Stepanov), a monograph (KCNS, Novi Sad, 2009), La razglednica, a travelogue (Futura, Novi Sad, 2006), Sketches of a Cook / Skice kuvarice/, a catalogue of paintings-recipes (Futura, Novi Sad, 2005), Emphasis /Naglas/, a novel (Futura, Novi Sad, 2005).




Fotografije: Igor Grandić/Terra

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