The viewer can actually taste the jet-lag in these
photos. To say that the world is small is a truism; what we see
here is that globalization itself has a distinct regional flavor.
The globe is a time-honored, walkable place, a world-city rather like downtown
Belgrade, with an allure pasted over rumpled infrastructure. It's a
modest, intimate arena of subdued glows, cranes,clouds, cars, and
concrete: a universal fading semiotics of human need, addressed to
anyone and no one.
"Somewhere Better Than This Place"
"Nowhere Better Than This Place"
I can live in any part of the world, if there is an
airport nearby investigates the relationship between
different sites around the world: Belgrade, Hong Kong,
London and Los Angeles. All these places are very
intimately linked to the being of Slavna Martinovic.
It is the artist who invites the viewer to become a
guest in transit via this multimedia installation. By
traversing the gallery and absorbing the eighteen
photographs, the onlooker hops from one continent to
another, becoming a global dweller instantaneously.
The ceremonial act of viewing artwork in silence is
being disturbed by the sound of cityscapes, a
murmuring in Chinese, English and Serbian.
Martinovic is aware of many troubling aspects of
contemporary social life and the baggage that "global
citizens" carry within. The viewer becomes encouraged
to fulfill a role as participant in an exploration of
possibilities for making her or his world the best
place ever. The no-place ambivalence of the captured
topographies in Martinovic's photographs is a space
that contains a definitive influence on the idea of a
utopia, an attempt to create a particular space that
could be anywhere and produce the conditions of a
stable society that is somewhere. The sound in the
galleries becomes an open-ended narrative in three
languages that is experienced by the audience as a
virtual reality of the geographies represented in the
landscapes that the photographer has captured. Slavna
Martinovic exemplifies a very private experience,
exposing it in a very subtle manner, without too many
cues to understand the work. The oeuvre becomes very
sparse visually, yet very appealing to the senses:
hearing, walking, reading, and being in the space.
The exhibition addresses issues of sociocultural
construction of space and the individual participation
in depersonalized arenas. These perhaps become the
spaces of solitude, anonymity a 'no place' where the
individual is only a spectator. It is specifically
these environments the subway, the motel, or the
skyline that enable people to move quickly from one
place to another. We situate them as a site of
nomadism where urban travelers of contemporary mega
cities search for a place that it is in between
somewhere and nowhere