viennacontemporary art fair 2016, Vienna
Focus: Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania curated by Adela Demetja



Stand: B36 / C35

22–25 September 2016
Marx Halle Vienna
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna

Represented artists

Dusan Percinkov

Nada Prlja

Ilija Prokopiev


SIA Gallery has chosen, for viennacontemporary 2016, to present works solely from the Macedonian art scene, which is an unusual and lesser known, yet one of the most intriguing contemporary art scenes in Europe. The selected works, in a way represent a small cross section of the Macedonian art scene since the mid 80’s, by presenting artists from very different generations – Percinkov, (born 1939), Prlja (b.1971) and Prokopiev (b.1985).

At this presentation, we look at the notion of re-appropriation of other artists’ (or designers’) work. Prlja’s work references works by two significant artists from former Yugoslavia – Abramovic and Stilinovic – which have influenced her own work. Percinkov’s work is inspired, in part, by the pioneering works of Malevich, in which he symbolically reinterprets the suprematists’ landscape, while Prokopiev’s works are inspired by and are interpretations of the forms of classical vases in ancient Greek art.

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The three Macedonian contemporary artists represented at Vienna Contemporary occupy a significant position in contemporary Macedonian art. Percinkov, one of the key figures of the olderer generation of contemporary Macedonian artists, has been working as an artist (and educator) for over half a century, and is representative of the avantgarde period, obsessively exploring various forms of abstraction, minimalism and geometricism in his work. While pertaining to a younger generation of contemporary Macedonian artists, Nada Prlja is the most internationally established of the three artists, having lived and worked in London for 15 years, participating in various international Biennales and with numerous solo exhibitions in significant institutions both nationally and internationally. Her work is socially engaged and can be defined as critical art, dealing with the complex situations of inequality and injustice in societies. Prlja’s work adopts a site and context-specific quality, which influences the choice of media for each particular project. Her most influential public art work to date was her ‘Peace Wall’ project for the Berlin Biennale (2012). Prokopiev, the youngest of the three artists, is one of the most promising of a newer generation of Macedonian artists. His work primarily explores various drawing techniques, and other media such as painting, animation and installation, while he also engages in other media and parallel activities, including the publishing of artbooks. Prokopiev is one of very few artists who has chosen to involve the historical aspect of ancient Macedonia in his own work – a politically potent concept in contemporary Macedonia.

Biographies of the artists
Dusan Percinkov was born in Skopje, Macedonia (1939), where he still lives and works. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Painting in Belgrade, Serbia (1963) where he also gained an MA diploma (1966). Percinkov is predominantly a painter, printmaker, art-object maker and art educator. He was a tutor at the Faculty of Architecture in Skopje since 1972, and since 1980 and until his retirement, he was a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje. He has had numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally; the latest retrospective of his work was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje (2003).

Percinkov started his career in the mid ‘60s. Since the ‘70s he embraced silk-screen as his primary medium (which at the time, in Macedonia was seen as a lesser-art form to painting). This shift in his art practice has made him one of the main supporters of innovation within fine art in the local art scene, an attitude and approach which has influenced several generations of younger artists in Macedonia.

Percinkov is one of the most important and authentic artists in Macedonia. His work is mainly influenced by the avant-garde movements from the beginning and mid-20th century. Since the beginning of his career in the ‘60s, he has investigated the relationship between the urban and the natural world, while his works from (and since) the ’80’s lean toward abstraction. Percinkov is still active, making art-objects in a geometric and minimal style.

Nada Prlja was born in Sarajevo, BH (1971). She lived in Skopje, Macedonia (81-98), and in London, UK (98-12), while since 2103, she lives and works between London and Skopje. She received an MPhil research degree from the Royal College of Arts, London (2002), after graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje (1996). She works mainly in the following mediums: installation, video installation, live art and public art projects.

She has exhibited internationally (Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2013), White Cube (2013), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012), Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2011), Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) (2011/07), Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje (2008), and the National Gallery, Skopje (2007) etc. She has participated in numerous Art Biennales, including:
5th Moscow Biennale (2013); 7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (2012); Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010); International Printmaking Biennale, Ljubljana (2009) and 7th Varna Contemporary Art Biennial (2008).

Prlja is an artist whose work deals with complex situations of inequality and injustice in societies, ranging from political to economic issues. Using different media, her projects are multi-layered, site or condition-specific.

Ilija Prokopiev’s works have been shown in many exhibitions, including the 15th Mediterranean Biennale for young artists (BJCEM) in Thessaloniki (2011) and the 42nd Osten Biennial of Drawing in Skopje (2015). In 2011, he won the award DENES – Young Visual Artist Award, for the work ‘Very Large Drawings’.

His professional practice also involves book illustration, writing and publishing. In 2016 he co-founded ‘Private Print’, a publishing house which focuses on art books and other art related publications.

22–25 September 2016
Marx Halle Vienna
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna

22-25 September 2016