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Exhibition of Anastasija Kostic artworks in the Space for Art

An exhibition of the artist Anastasija Kostic was opened in the Space for Art within the Societe Generale Montenegro Head office. Five paintings were exhibited, and on the occasion of the opening of this exhibition the artist stated: 

"The portrait, apart from being a man's exterior, contains visual fragments of the psychological characteristics of portraits, and this fact inspired me to explore and establish the relationship between portraits in painting and "selfi” as a contemporary, widely-dispersed version of photographic portraits. Working through the medium of painting, I tried to present the individual consciousness of the person through their self-portraits, adding to the visual elements that represent filters (illustrative segments that users themselves insert through their self-portraits and photographs), thus emphasizing the autocentrum and a certain "image building" in the virtual world. It is precisely the moment in which the portrait shifts from natural reality to virtual, in which its psychological characteristics change with the options offered by the software of the device. The transfiguration in the artificial structure is a moment, a new, modern, in which a new floor of interpretation and meaning is raised. To what extent many filters used and incorporated corrections define the natural individuality of the subject, how much is the literal rendering of someone's inner portrait? Based on the changes, on the basis of the inserted elements by the creators of selfies, can we interpret his perception of self? Does this give us a completely new dimension of the idea of a psychological personality line? What is the difference between what we are and what we want to present?
The way from accepting the impulses of popular, contemporary culture, that is, society, to ideas that question the meaning of portraits of a virtual, painter's life, brought me to the works that make up this show. I transferred the selfies of my friends and transformed them through their aesthetic frames and expressions, gaining portraits that reflect the character and personality, sharpening that aforementioned moment in which the portrait goes from the natural reality to the virtual. Treatment of symbols, inserted elements with clear coatings versus unwashed, free movements that create facial skin, enhances that feeling of the gap, the discrepancy between the desired and possible, real and virtual. "

ANASTASIJA KOSTIC was born in 1991 in Podgorica. She finished her master's studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cetinje - Section Painting, in the class of Professor Ratko Odalović. She earned scholarships for research and Masters Degree at Middlesex University London, UK. She completed her basic studies at FLU Cetinje, Department of Graphic Design, and Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Nancy in France, at Art and Communication departments. She has exhibited at numerous independent and group exhibitions in the country and abroad.
2013. FLUID Design Forum # 01/2013 - Best Art Journal Award, Cetinje, Montenegro
2012. Picture Paper Award (at the exhibition "Meetings") Faculty of Economics, University of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro
2010 Award of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Cetinje "Jelena Karadžić-Anita Bućin" for Best Drawing - Study

She is currently involved in PROJECT 365, where she daily reports one piece of art on her social networks.

You can contact the artist via social networks - Instagram: anastasijakostic.art and Facebook: Anastasija Kostic ART
The project Space for Art is intended to young artists in order to promote their ideas and support their future work, and it was started within the Citizen Commitment initiative at the global level of Societe Generale Group. The Bank will keep striving promotion of artists through its communication channels and corporate profiles on social networks Facebook and Twitter.

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