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Exhibition Bombofon ▪︎ Nikola Macura

Thursday, July 18th

10:00 – 18:00



Accompanying program for the exhibition:

Tuesday, July 9, at 6 PM Art gallery, Knez Mihailova 6 Discussion and music performance

Tuesday, July 9, at 8 PM Plato in front of the Cultural Center of Belgrade Music performance: Rusted Orchestra


Describing his artistic practice as socially engaged, Nikola Macura emphasizes that most of his works also have a specific type of utilitarian value. In the latest project 'From Noise to Sound,' he uses the method of upcycling: finding and taking weapons and other props from military waste in Temerin, and their artistic transformation into musical instruments, like the bombofon – a wind instrument made from projectiles/grenades for the M57 handheld launcher. The practical value of these artistic objects is reflected in the ability to perform musical performances on them in collaboration with professional musicians and the 'Rusted Orchestra,' as Macura refers to it. Through this artistic process, a range of possible problem frameworks are opened up for analyzing the relationship between the utility of art and its social, symbolic, or aesthetic functions.

…It is precisely these other functions of art, its utility, as well as the repurposing of materials impregnated with a strong signifier of their original function – as is the case with weapons – that becomes the focal point of Nikola Macura's artistic project. Utilitarian items that produced sounds of gunfire, explosions, or bursts during the anti-Yugoslav wars are translated into the world of utilitarian objects in the artistic system, whose function is to produce sounds, music, and compositions with a clear anti-war message. The artist enriches the functionality of objects, i.e., musical instruments, with additional symbolic content through performative actions, critically important at a time when the societal trends in the region are marked by strong tendencies of retraditionalization, historical revisionism, and denial of crimes. Ultimately, by creating a new and different utilitarian aesthetic component of art, whose practicality is realized through direct use, Macura speaks of the transformative potential of art.

(From the text On the Bombofon and the utilitarian value of art, Zoran Erić. You can read the full text HERE.)

Nikola Macura, a master of sculpture, is an associate professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. He was born in 1978 in Novi Sad. Nikola Macura's artistic practice connects various media and involves installations and interventions in space, sculpture, and drawing primarily in the form of socially engaged art. After completing his studies, he actively exhibits in group and solo exhibitions in the country and abroad. Since 2000, he has participated in the large-scale performance of Ice Art 'Kunstlager,' and from 2003 to 2013, he continuously participated in the work of the Multimedia Center 'Art Clinic.' In 2002, he realized his first installation placed in public space, and in 2003, he exhibited the first in a series of interactive, processual works from the 'Interactive Sculpture' series. To date, he has completed a large number of interventions and installations, and his latest project, which is still in progress, delves into reexamining the relationship between sculpture and sound, or the process of redesigning military props into sound objects.

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