On Saturday, December 9,
at the Art Gallery Miodrag Dado Đurić there will be the opening of the first exhibition of the Milčik Award finalists.
The artists will present their work to the jury members individually before the opening of the exhibition, after which the jury will make the final decision who will be awarded and announce it at the very opening of the exhibition.
Jury of the first edition of the Milčik Award, composed by: Miran Mohar (Slovenian artist, IRWIN, NSK), Svetlana Racanović (art historian and independent Montenegrin curator), Vjera Borozan (art historian, director of the National Museum of Montenegro, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague) and Nomaduma Rosa Masilela (writer, historian and artist based in NY), in the first round of jury meeting on 9th November decided to nominate four artists. These are (in alphabetical order):
- Brigita Antoni
- Dante Buu
- Ivana Radovanović
- Siniša Radulović
Brigita Antoni (1987) completed graduate and postgraduate studies for graphic designer at the Faculty of Fine Arts Cetinje (2011). Although her focus was on graphic design at that time, drawing and visual arts were things that attracted her most, as evidences the award for drawing at the Faculty of Fine Arts Cetinje in 2010. Through her works, Brigita deals with topics related to irrational states of human consciousness, the vagueness and mystery of the time and space, and uncontrolled events in humans life. So far she has participated in art residencies and exhibitions, both in Montenegro and abroad.
Dante Buu was born in 1987 in Rožaje, Montenegro. He lives and works between Rožaje, Sarajevo and Berlin. His works were, among others, exhibited at Universal Hospitality 2, Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA (Prague); Salon 13th November, Art Gallery Miodrag Dado Đurić (Cetinje); You or Me? Collective Soul – The Ethics of Coexistence (Melk); Arrivals/Departures, Gallery Centrum (Graz); Universal Hospitality, Wiener Festwochen – Alte Post (Vienna); That’s not my History, Steirischer Herbst – Festival of new art – < rotor > center for contemporary art (Graz); 3rd Biennial of Contemporary Art, Tito’s Bunker (Konjic). Recent solo exhibitions and interventions in public space include: Weekend Lovers I, History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo); Untitled, Bar Saint Jean (Berlin), Welcome Mustafa to the Life You Deserve (Graz) and Mama I am OK in the Neon Green, Gallery Duplex100m2 (Sarajevo).
Ivana Radovanović was born in 1983 in Titograd. She graduated in 2006 and received a MA in 2009 from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cetinje. Last year Ivana obtained a PhD from the Faculty of Fine Arts, in Belgrade. She is currently working as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cetinje.
Her works were exhibited and awarded internationally and in her home country. She represents Montenegro at the 57th International Art Exhibition-la Biennale di Venezia -VIVA ARTE VIVA.
Siniša Radulović was born in 1983 in Podgorica, Montenegro. He graduated and got his MA in 2008 at Faculty of Fine Arts in Cetinje. He lives and works in Podgorica. In the last two years he has been in the artist residencies Q21, Museums Quartier and Kultur Kontakt in Vienna. His work is exhibited, among others, at exhibitions: ‘Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale’ in Tirana, ‘Donumenta: 14×14 under construction’ (Regensburg, Germany), ‘Borderland’, Ausstellungsraum Klingental (Basel, Switzerland), ‘Meconio’, Muestra de Nuevos Cineastas, Máster LAV – Audiovisual Laboratory of Creation and Contemporary Practice (Madrid, Spain), 56th October Salon ‘The Pleasure of Love’ in Belgrade…
The award for visual artists Milčik will be organised for the first time by the Institute of Contemporary Arts -ICA in collaboration with the Residency Unlimited and supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding (New York, USA).
The Milčik Award will be held biennially and it includes and provides for one artist a fully covered two-month residency in the space of the organisation Residency Unlimited in New York, USA as well as a solo exhibition after returning to Montenegro.
The Milčik Award is named after an artwork of prominent Montenegrin artist Milija Pavićević. Milčik is a chocolate for eating and cooking, its name originated by the artist’s joining his own name with the surname of his childhood friend, art historian Aleksandar Čilikov (Milija and Čilikov: Milčik).
For the Milčik Award event, a limited series of Milčik chocolates will be produced, one of which will be given as a prize, and a small number offered at the auction for the Milčik fund. In this way, artist Milija Pavićević becomes one of the key sponsors of the award, and in this context, Milčik artwork activates his meaning and in one part emphasises the importance of investing in art and artists and foster mutual respect and trust in culture.
By organizing the Milčik Award, it seeks to create a positive context around the courage, creativity and innovation of young artists, which the society could be identified with. The main goal of the award is to support visual artists and facilitate their artistic trajectory. The award project is designed to recognise local creative potential and connect those art practices to the international scene of contemporary art, thus to enable the introduction with the various models of functioning in the art world, as well as to encourage open and constructive exchange between countries that are already in the program.
Co-organizer of the final of the Milčik Award is the Art Gallery “Miodrag Dado Đurić”.
Milčik Award sponsors: Milija Pavićević, Aleksandar Saša Čilikov, Montenegrin Electric Enterprise AD Niksic (EPCG), SIENERSYS company.
Thanks to Srđan Pejović, Milan Vujović and Vijai Patchineelam, who bought Milčik chocolate for their art collections, and thus supported the prize organisation.
Visual identity of Milčik Award: Sara Kovačević and Denis Čupić
Photographer and great support in organisation of the exhibition: Jovan Milošević