Ivana Radovanović (Titograd, 1983). She obtained an MA in sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cetinje, class of professor Pavle Pejović. She earned her PhD from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, in the class of Professor Dušan Petrović. She is engaged as assistant professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cetinje. As a Fulbright scholar, she completed a postdoctoral research programme at St. John’s University in New York. As an artist-in residence, she was selected for the Fulbright “Silvermine” program in Connecticut, USA (2019). She presented her works at the international exhibition “Imago Mundi Highlights/Art Theorem 1”, at the opening of the Imago Mundi Museum in Treviso, Italy (2018). She represented Montenegro at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) with project “Čovjek Uomo Human”. She participated in the residency program “ArTwins in Open Spaces” – PAFOS European Capital of Culture (2017). She is the winner of the Award of the Biennial of Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM) and the Grand Prix of the 37th Montenegrin Art Salon “13 November” (2015). She has exhibited independently in America, Austria, Italy, Montenegro and Serbia. She has participated in residency, educational and artistic programmes in Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Portugal, Finland, Greece, Slovakia, Bulgaria and other countries.
Texst from katalogue – … – In sculpture, the most precious thing for me is exactly what happens after the work, that is the sculpture is finished – the moment when it gains its freedom, so unrestrained and independent. – Ivana Radovanović
The artist from Montenegro, Ivana Radovanović, with her sculptural-spatial range, reaches for the very core of the monumental, layered form which, in connection with another natural material – wood – brings us to the point of the present moment, today and here. The artist’s questions are directed, as a rule, to the topos of her personal microcosm and the world to which she reacts. The artistic idea is sublimated primarily in the process of work, where the theme is positioned in relation to the concrete medium – sculpture in clay. The sculptural actions are in agreement with the measure of the author’s artistic truth, which manifests itself in the works and is transmitted to them with the help of emotions, but also with a designed spiritual action that can be shaped by a new reality, based on cause-and-effect relationships, naturally prone to degradation. These sculptural scenarios represent an open stage that reflects the ambivalent relationship between man, nature, and culture.