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Exhibition Bombofon ▪︎ Nikola Macura

Thursday, August 1st

10:00 – 18:00



Accompanying program for the exhibition:

Tuesday, July 9, at 6 pm Art Gallery, Knez Mihailova 6 Conversation and musical performance

Tuesday, July 9, at 8 pm Plato in front of the Belgrade Cultural Center Musical performance: Rusty 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 over weapons and other props from military waste in Temerin, and transforming them into artistic musical instruments, such as bombofon—a wind instrument made from projectiles/grenades for the M57 grenade launcher. The practical value of these artistic objects lies in their ability to be used for musical performances in collaboration with professional musicians and the 'Rusty Orchestra,' as Macura calls it. Through this artistic process, a number 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 transformation of materials saturated with the strong marker of their original function—such as in the case of weapons—that becomes the focal point of Nikola Macura's artistic project. Utility objects that produced the sound of gunfire, explosions, or bursts during the anti-Yugoslav wars are translated into the world of utility objects within the artistic system, whose function is the production of sounds, music, and compositions with a clear anti-war message. The purposefulness of the objects, i.e. musical instruments, is enriched by the artist's performative actions with additional symbolic content, which is crucial at a time when the social trends in the region are marked by strong tendencies toward re-traditionalization, historical revisionism, and denial of crimes. Ultimately, by creating a new and different utilitarian aesthetic component of art, whose purposefulness is achieved through direct use, Macura speaks of the transformative potential of art.

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

Nikola Macura, 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 combines different 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 at 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 collaborated with the Multimedia Center 'Art Clinic.' In 2002, he created his first installation in the 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 realized a large number of interventions and installations, and his latest project, which is still in progress, focuses on reexamining the relationship between sculpture and sound, specifically the process of redesigning military props into sound objects.

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