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Exhibition Bombofon ▪︎ Nikola Macura

Likovna galerija, Belgrade
Wednesday, July 24th
10:00 – 18:00


Accompanying program for the exhibition:

Tuesday, July 9th, at 6 p.m. Art Gallery, Knez Mihailova 6 Talk and musical performance

Tuesday, July 9th, at 8 p.m. Square 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 have a specific type of utilitarian value. In his 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 artistically transforming them into musical instruments, such as the bombofon - a wind instrument made from projectiles/grenades for the M57 hand launcher. The utility of these artistic objects lies in their ability to perform musical performances in collaboration with professional musicians and the "Rusty Orchestra," as Macura calls it. Through this artistic process, a series of potential problematic 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 imbued with a strong identifier of their original function - as is the case with weapons - that becomes the focal point of Nikola Macura's artistic project. Utilitarian objects that once 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 purposefulness of the objects, i.e., musical instruments, with performative actions, imbuing them with additional symbolic content, so crucial at a time when the region is marked by strong tendencies of re-traditionalization, historical revisionism, and denial of crimes. Ultimately, by creating a new and different utilitarian aesthetic component of art, the purposefulness of which is realized through immediate 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 entire text HERE.)

Nikola Macura, a master of sculpture, is an associate professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. He was born in Novi Sad in 1978. Nikola Macura's artistic practice combines 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 Led art performance "Kunstlager," and from 2003 to 2013, he continuously worked at 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, procedural works from the "Interactive Sculpture" series. To date, he has completed a large number of interventions and installations, and his latest project, still in progress, deals with re-examining the relationship between sculpture and sound, or the process of redesigning military props into sound objects.

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