The 11th model of a mural for the blind and visually impaired has been installed in the café-bar 16

As part of the "Art in Passage" project, the eleventh model of a mural for blind and visually impaired individuals has been installed in the premises of the social enterprise café-bar "16" on Cetinjska Street.

The project aims to make street art accessible to the blind and visually impaired through the installation of 3D models. This particular mural, created by the renowned artist Jana Danilović, depicts a bird and is now a part of the café-bar's wall. The artist hand-painted the model, turning it into an inclusive work of art. A Braille description plaque is also placed next to the model.

This initiative provides an opportunity for members of the blind and visually impaired community in Serbia, where there are approximately 12,000 individuals with visual impairments, to experience street art in a safe space at the social enterprise café-bar "16" in Cetinjska. The challenging situation faced by blind and visually impaired individuals, who have limited opportunities for personal and social advancement, makes projects like this crucial. The integration of blind and visually impaired individuals into all aspects of social life, including socialization, cultural activities, and art, is a significant goal.

Nikola Đorđević, the president of the Belgrade Association of the Blind, stated, "It is extremely important that we are involved in the project at café-bar '16,' and that Braille will be visible in this space as a symbol of the blind. We hope people will be inspired to learn more about this script, and perhaps they will want to learn it. The bird model itself shows that there are groups of people who experience art differently, making projects like this significant not only for us but for the entire community, which will be able to experience art in a new way."

Jana Danilović, the artist, expressed, "The existence of works accessible to blind and visually impaired individuals through the sense of touch means that my works and my art become available to people who could not experience it before."

The café-bar "16," as a social enterprise, represents a symbol of integration and freedom, fostering a space for learning, working, and participating in all aspects of life. The project emphasizes these values, promoting community engagement.

The mural models, utilizing innovative 3D technology, offer a tactile experience for blind and visually impaired individuals to explore street art and connect with the artists creating on the streets. This is the tenth model in Belgrade and the eleventh in Serbia, with one also recently installed on the wall of the Blind Home in Čačak.

The project is led by the organization "Street Art Belgrade" in collaboration with the Belgrade Association of the Blind, and it has received support from the Ministry of Culture.

About café-bar "16":
The social enterprise café-bar "16" was established to support former users of the Shelter after they turn 16, providing opportunities for additional education, acquiring new skills, and the possibility of formal employment. It serves as a safe location for children living and working on the streets.

About the "Art in Passage" project:
The goal of the "Art in Passage" project is to bring street art closer to the blind and visually impaired through the installation of 3D models. The models are accompanied by Braille descriptions, a rarity in public spaces. The first 3D mural models for the blind and visually impaired were installed in 2021, and Street Art Belgrade has since placed a total of 16 models – 10 in Belgrade, 1 in Čačak, 4 in Vienna, Austria, and 1 in Iowa, USA.


In Cacak, the first 3D model of a mural for the blind and visually impaired has been unveiled

Cacak – On the wall of the Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired in Cacak, a mural has been painted, accompanied by a 3D model with a description in Braille. The mural and model were created as part of the National Capital of Culture of Serbia 2023 – “Cacanska Rodna”, in a city that, thanks to the DUK festival, is one of the largest street art galleries in the country.

As part of the well-known Cacak festival DUК (Days of Urban Culture), artist Maja Stojanovic – Zmaja painted a mural on the wall of the Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired. With the support of the Embassy of Spain, a 3D model with a Braille description was also created and placed next to the mural. The mural and 3D model aim to bring street art closer to blind and visually impaired individuals. This is the first 3D model of a mural in Cacak and the tenth in Serbia, realized as part of the "Art in Passage" project.

The city of Cacak represents a significant national and regional center of cultural production, especially in terms of street art. By using innovative 3D technology, blind and visually impaired individuals can experience tactile interaction with artworks displayed on the streets.

"Street art is considered the freest form of art, so through 3D models, we want to bring this direction of contemporary art closer to blind and visually impaired individuals. We are very happy that the model has been installed in Cacak, the tenth 3D model in Serbia. This model draws attention to the needs of the blind and visually impaired while celebrating the work of local artists within the DUK festival, the National Capital of Culture, and Spanish culture," said Ljiljana Radosevic, an art historian representing the Street Art Belgrade organization.

"The project has strongly attracted us from the beginning because of its theme - making art accessible to all members of the community. We are aware that this is a challenge faced by many worldwide, and it is important to continuously make efforts to change the situation. This mural represents our collaboration - local artist Maja Stojanovic perfectly portrayed one of the most striking symbols of Spanish culture, the Spanish bull, through colors," stated Dario Otero Castro, Deputy Ambassador and Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Spain in Belgrade.

"The inspiration for the mural was the famous bull Ferdinand from the animated film, as I love painting animal characters in a positive context. This bull is a tribute to the project partner, the Embassy of Spain, which enabled the creation of a 3D model for the mural, the first in Cacak that brings street art closer to blind and visually impaired individuals," emphasized artist Maja Stojanovic – Zmaja.

"The mural and 3D model with Braille are located on the building of the premises of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Cacak, allowing our members to feel street art through touch. For us, this means slowly entering the world of art and feeling improvement because, in a way, we are entering a world of equality, a world without barriers," said Dejan Tomic, President of the Inter-municipal Organization of the Blind and Visually Impaired Cacak.

The Inter-municipal Organization of the Blind Cacak operates within the structure of the Association of the Blind of Serbia and brings together over 300 members from the Moravian region, with 170 members in the city of Cacak.

The project's author is the organization "Street Art Belgrade," and its implementation was supported by the Embassy of Spain. The mural and model in Cacak were realized in collaboration with the DUK festival, the Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired Cacak, and the City Organization of the Blind in Belgrade, within the Capital of Culture of Serbia 2023 – “Cacanska Rodna”.

 

About the Artist

Maja Stojanovic is an illustrator and a member of the Association of Visual Artists Cacak. She specializes in book illustration and character design. In July 2021, she released her first book titled "Кod nas se kaže.../ We tend to say..." – an illustrated encyclopedia of folk sayings explained in both Serbian and English. Since 2021, she has been a member of the DUК Festival organization and actively contributes to the organization and painting of murals in Cacak, Serbia, and across the region and the world.

 

About the "Art in Passage" Project

The goal of the "Art in Passage" project is to bring street art closer to blind and visually impaired individuals. Street art is considered the freest form of art accessible to everyone, which is why the project of 3D mural models was initiated. The first mural models were installed in 2021 in Belgrade, where a total of nine models have been placed in the last two years.

In Serbia, there are 12,000 blind and visually impaired individuals, with an almost equal number of men and women. Their situation is challenging as they have limited opportunities for personal and social improvement. The most common and important goal is the integration of blind and visually impaired individuals into all social currents and daily activities, with cultural life and art being an integral and essential part of it.


Knowledge is power - a new mural in Šabac

A new mural titled "Knowledge is power" was painted before the beginning of the new school year in the yard of the elementary school "Nata Jeličić" in Šabac.

The mural measuring about 100 square meters was painted by the Austrian artist Käthe Löffelmann and the Serbian artists Aleksandra Petković TKV and Jana Danilović, as part of the project of the Austrian Cultural Forum, which is realized in cooperation with the Šabac Cultural Center, the "Nata Jeličić" school and the Street Art Belgrade organization. The project was created with the desire to emphasize the historical connection between Austria and Serbia in the field of education and artistic creativity.

Based on the theme and location, the artists chose playful motifs of learning and personal strength that develops and is gained through knowledge. On the mural, there are illustrations of word games derived from the phrase "Knowledge is power" - knowledge is superpower, knowledge is the key, knowledge is strength... The typographic solution of the inscription "knowledge is power" illustrates the slogan with a combination of Serbian and English, as well as Cyrillic and Latin letters. Elements that flow through the composition as key, books and pencils in different contexts, represent an association with school and education, in a cheerful and playful way.

 

About the artists

Käthe Löffelmann is a multidisciplinary artist from Vienna. His work includes murals, conceptual installations, sculptures, digital art and moving images. She is part of the female collective Ripoff Crew, with whom she paints large-scale murals in Austria and around the world.
https://www.instagram.com/kaethe_loeffelmann/

Jana Danilović received her doctorate at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade in 2018, having defended the art-research project "City and painting - the importance and function of painting interventions in public space". She exhibited her works several times independently in reference galleries in the country and abroad. She is the author of dozens of murals and interventions in public spaces in the country and region.
https://www.instagram.com/jana.danilovic/

Aleksandra Petković TKV has been artistically active since 2004, first in the field of street art, and later in various techniques and media - from furniture redesign to 3D printing. In 2019, the French Embassy awarded her the Order of Knight of Arts and Letters. She launched the unique All Girls Street Art Jam festival, which was designed with the intention of bringing female creativity to the fore on the street art scene.
https://www.instagram.com/kraljica_vila/


Traces: Exhibition of street art of Serbia and France in virtual reality

In the cultural center of Serbia in Paris from 31.3. until 15.4. a new exhibition of street art in Virtual Reality, curated by Ljiljana Radošević, “TRACES: Street Art of Serbia and France 1995 – 2022” will be presented.

The exhibition follows the development of street art between Serbia and France and the influence of France and French artists on the domestic scene from 1995 to 2022.

Over 70 works created in Serbia and France will be displayed in the virtual space on the VR-All-Art platform, which will show the relationship between these two countries in the field of street art. The goal of the exhibition is to create the first comprehensive presentation of the impact of French creativity in the field of graffiti and street art on the domestic art scene, as well as the creation of Serbian artists in France, through innovative and new technologies made possible by virtual spaces. In addition to the exhibition, a life-size virtual replica of the work of the famous French artist Black Le Rat has also been installed in the space.

In addition to this exhibition, the audience will be presented with the virtual exhibition "Loving Street art Belgrade" from 2020, translated into French, where there are over 40 works created by local and foreign authors on the streets of Belgrade. During the duration of the program, the audience will access the exhibitions with the use of VR equipment, and 30 of the most notable works of Serbian and French artists will be exhibited in the center.

One of the first cities to embrace graffiti culture in Europe was Paris. Miša Jens, the first official Belgrade graffiti artist, brought a new style from the streets of Paris to Belgrade in the mid-90s, so we can say that the influence of the French scene on the domestic scene and relations in the field of graffiti and street art have lasted for more than two decades. Famous French artists visited Serbia and left their works of art on the walls as part of major festivals such as Belef (Blek le Rat, REMED) as well as in cooperation with the French Institute, and many Serbian artists (Aleksandra Petković TKV, duo Sobekcis, Nikola Mihailović, Wuper…) spent time in France where they created and received inspiration for further work.

The exhibitions “TRACES: Street art of Serbia and France 1995 – 2022” and “Loving Street art Belgrade”, both curated by our colleague Ljiljana Radošević, are available to audiences from all over the world on the VR-ALL-ART platform.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on 31.3. on Friday starting at 7 p.m., and guests will be addressed by the author of the exhibition and art historian Ljiljana Radošević from the organization Street Art Belgrade, Serbian artist Aleksandra Petković TKV and French artist Kaldea.

From April 1st to April 15th, exhibitions in the virtual space will be able to be visited with the use of VR equipment in the period from 17:00 to 19:00.

The author of the project is the "Street Art Belgrade" organization, whose members have been researching, documenting, and popularizing street art and graffiti for over two decades. The project was realized with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Cultural Center of Serbia in Paris, and the company VR ALL ART.


Presentation of 3D models for the blind in Vienna

The "Art in Passing" project by the organization Street Art Belgrade, which creates 3D models of murals for the blind and visually impaired, was presented in Vienna at the annual Zero Project conference held in the United Nations building.

The project of the organization Street Art Belgrade was recognized as an extremely innovative and creative way of bringing art closer to blind and partially sighted people and was chosen to be presented within the official program of the conference whit more than 1000 participants from all over the world.

For more than 10 years, the Zero Project foundation from Vienna has been dedicated to finding and sharing innovative solutions that improve the daily life and rights of all people with disabilities. During a private visit to Belgrade, their representative came across one of the nine models of murals that Street Art Belgrade installed in the city in the last two years and recognized the potential to present the project to a wider international audience.

As part of the cooperation with the Zero Project Foundation, Street Art Belgrade produced three 3D models of murals from the Calle Libre festival that will be installed in the center of Vienna, in the Karl-Farkas Park. These models are also featured in the first Austrian inclusive museum guide. During the three days of the conference in the atrium of the UN building, the famous Serbian artist Jana Danilović painted a mural called "Inclusion". For this mural a 3D model was created with a description in Braille, and for the first time 3D elements (birds) were included in the painting itself. The mural and 3D models were presented at the closing ceremony of the conference, after which they will go on a tour of galleries throughout Austria.

The mural "Inclusion" depicts the universal truth that touch and love break down all barriers and remain a source of strength for everyone.

About the project "Art in Passing"
The goal of the project is to bring street art closer to blind and partially sighted people through the installation of models made with 3D technology. Models are an innovative approach to the presentation of street art and graffiti, because with 3D technology, blind and partially sighted people are enabled to get to know the works of art on the streets of Belgrade through touch. Along with the works, there are Braille descriptions that can rarely be found in the public space. The first 3D models for the blind and partially sighted were installed in 2021 on the occasion of October 15th, which is celebrated worldwide as the Day of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and to date a total of nine models have been installed in Belgrade in different locations - the city center, Vračar and New Belgrade.

"We have always been of the opinion that street art is the freest form of art and that it is accessible to everyone because it is on the streets. However, blind and partially sighted people are excluded from this artistic expression. That's why we decided to create 3D models of the murals. In this way, we wanted to bring works on the street closer to the blind and visually impaired and to draw the attention of the general public to the needs of this group of citizens, their inclusion in the daily life of the city - and street art is certainly an important part of that" - the statement of the Street Art Belgrade organization. "We are very happy and proud that we had the opportunity to present and realize the project outside of Serbia and to convey our experience to an international audience in order to increase the accessibility of art to all members of the community" - concluded the members of the association.

Conference participants from the USA, Australia, Bulgaria, Israel, and Great Britain showed interest in the project and the first initiatives to implement the project in those countries have already been launched.

Artist Jana Danilović believes that this is a great opportunity to show how important it is to be aware of how public space is used and that street art, which we perceive as exclusively visual, can also be tactile. "This project quite unexpectedly opened up a new field in art for me, how to act further in my work in order to include the tactile aspect. For most street artists, a democratic approach to art is very important, and it turns out that there is one group of people that is completely excluded, and this is one way to correct that." - says Jana Danilović

The presentation in Vienna, the creation of models and murals is supported by the Zero Project foundation, the European Union platform - Culture Moves and the Goethe-Institut, the national platform Serbia Creates responsible for the international promotion of creative industries, as well as the city organization of the blind in Belgrade.

 

Video interview for Gebardenwelt TV:
https://www.gebaerdenwelt.tv/zero-project-conference-interview-mit-kuenstlerin-jana-danilovic/

Video file of the interview:
https://we.tl/t-2QqAp9MH6r

You can find more photos here:
https://zeroproject.org/zerocon23/zerocon23-photo-wall#c1750

 

Links:
https://streetartbelgrade.com/
https://umetnostuprolazu.com/
https://zeroproject.org/
https://zeroproject.org/news/article/inclusive-street-art

 

Disclaimer:
This work was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.


Announcement: The Presentation of 3D models for the blind in Vienna

The "Art in Passing" project by the organization Street Art Belgrade, which creates 3D models of murals for the blind and visually impaired, will be presented in Vienna at the annual Zero Project conference held in the United Nations building.

The project of the organization Street Art Belgrade was recognized as an extremely innovative and creative way of bringing art closer to blind and partially sighted people and was chosen to be presented within the official program of the conference (22.2. - 24.2.) which gathers over 800 organizations from all over the world.

For more than 10 years, the Zero Project foundation from Vienna has been dedicated to finding and sharing innovative solutions that improve the daily life and rights of all people with disabilities. During a private visit to Belgrade, their representative came across one of the nine models of murals that were installed in the city in the last two years and recognized the potential to present the project to a wider international audience.

As part of the cooperation with the Zero Project Foundation, three models of murals will be installed in the very center of Vienna, in the Karl-Farkas Park, which will also be featuredin the first Austrian inclusive museum guide. Also, as a unique performance during the three days of the conference in the atrium of the UN building, the famous Serbian artist Jana Danilović will paint a mural called "Inclusion". A 3D model was created for this mural, which also contains a description in Braille. The mural and 3D model will be presented at the closing ceremony of the conference, after which they will go on a tour of galleries throughout Austria.

The mural "Inclusion" depicts the universal truth that touch and love break down all barriers and remain a source of strength for everyone.

On the last day of the conference on Friday, February 24th at 12:00, a panel discussion will be held with members of the organization Street Art Belgrade as well as with international participants in the field of street art. The panel will be streamed live via the YouTube channel:
https://www.b2match.com/e/zero-project-conference-2023/sessions/c2Vzc2lvbjoxMzY2NDY=

 

About the project "Art in Passing"

The goal of the project is to bring street art closer to blind and partially sighted people through the installation of models made with 3D technology. Mural models are an innovative approach to the presentation of street art and graffiti, because with 3D technology, blind and partially sighted people are enabled to get to know the works of art on the streets of Belgrade through touch. Along with the works, there are Braille descriptions that can rarely be found in the public space. The first 3D models of murals for the blind and partially sighted were installed in 2021 on the occasion of October 15th, which is celebrated worldwide as the Day of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and to date a total of nine models have been installed in Belgrade in different locations - the city center, Vračar and New Belgrade.

"We have always been of the opinion that street art is the freest form of art and that it is accessible to everyone because it is on the streets. However, blind and partially sighted people are excluded from this artistic expression. That's why we decided to create 3D models of the murals. In this way, we wanted to bring works on the street closer to the blind and visually impaired and to draw the attention of the general public to the needs of this group of citizens, their inclusion in the daily life of the city - and street art is certainly an important part of that" - the statement of the Street Art Belgrade organization. "We are very happy and proud to have the opportunity to present and realize the project outside of Serbia and to convey our experience to an international audience in order to increase the accessibility of art to all members of the community - concluded the members of the association.

Artist Jana Danilović believes that this is a great opportunity to show how important it is to be aware of how public space is used and that street art, which we perceive as exclusively visual, can also be tactile. "This project quite unexpectedly opened up a new field in art for me, how to act further in my work in order to include the tactile aspect. For most street artists, a democratic approach to art is very important, and it turns out that there is one group of people that is completely excluded, and this is one way to correct that." - says Jana Danilović

The presentation in Vienna, the creation of models and murals is supported by the Zero Project foundation, the European Union platform - Culture Moves and the Goethe-Institut, the national platform Serbia Creates responsible for the international promotion of creative industries, as well as the city organization of the blind in Belgrade. The Tourist Organization of Serbia provided support in the promotion of the project in Serbia and Austria.

The announcement on the Zero Project website can be found here:
https://zeroproject.org/news/article/inclusive-street-art

 

Links:
https://streetartbelgrade.com/
https://umetnostuprolazu.com/
https://zeroproject.org/

 

Disclaimer:
This work was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.


Urban Heritage Hub

In 2022, we created the "Urban Heritage Hub" - a platform for the promotion of digitalization of urban and street art. Until now, we have focused our experience in digitization on the creation of a digital space that contains archives, collections and galleries related to the digital form of street and urban art.

This space will improve the way street art and graffiti and urban art, which are part of contemporary creativity, are collected, documented, preserved and promoted. The goal of the project is to preserve street art as a cultural heritage through the archive, but also through the promotion of digitization as the best way to preserve street art for further research and analysis, as well as through communication with a wider audience and future experts. "Hub" in the very name of the platform refers to the networking and unification of all street and urban art digitization projects in one place, as well as networking and continuous education in the digitization process of artists, curators, researchers and participants in this field.

During the year, we presented the project at events in the country and abroad to artists, cultural researchers and museum employees.

In May, colleague Ljiljana Radošević presented a project called Urban Heritage Hub Case Study to an expert audience at the Go Indigo conference; New Life of Street Art in Virtual Reality. In July, we presented the project as part of the annual Metalogues conference from Greece, which gathers an audience that follows innovative technologies and Virtual Reality. In December, the project was presented in Ljubljana to the employees of the cultural center Rog, and in Belgrade, as part of the street art weekend in Božidarac, the project was presented to artists and representatives of associations dealing with street art in Serbia and Croatia.

The project was supported through the digitization competition of the Ministry of Culture and Information.

Visit the Urban Heritage Hub
https://streetartbelgrade.com/urban-heritage-hub/


Graffiti na Gradele and DUK

As part of a series of talks on the topic of street art, we hosted representatives of leading festivals from Serbia and Croatia.

In the Božidarac cultural center, during the weekend dedicated to street art, a panel was held where Marko Boko and Antonija Bačić in front of the Graffiti na Gradele festival from Croatia and Vuk Đurić - ENDO in front of the DUK festival from Čačak discussed the challenges of organizing events dedicated to street art.

Marko and Antonija presented one of the largest regional festivals and programs for young people that they have been organizing for ten years. Graffiti on Gradele is a festival that has been organized in Bol on Brač since 2012. Also throughout the year, the festival supports the independent cultural scene through various events and painting, and the festival itself in Bol gathers a large number of artists who paint large-format walls. The festival has a strong focus on the development and promotion of volunteerism, with an additional educational note - where the entire local community is engaged. It was awarded the annual prize of the local authorities and was declared the best festival in Croatia. The festival is active as an organizer of exhibitions and live concerts, with a focus on young and unestablished artists in order to open space for their further work.

Vuk Đurić presented Days of Urban Culture, a festival he has been organizing together with his colleagues in Čačak for the past eight years. As part of the Day of Urban Culture (DUK), concerts, extreme sports and wall painting take place in parallel. Today in Čačak there are over a hundred large-format painted walls by local, regional and international artists. This year Čačak is the national capital of culture and DUK prepared a special edition that Vuk presented during the conversation.

The artists Jana Danilović and Aleksandra Petković participated in the conversation, each through their experience of organizing the festival, as well as the artist Predrag Popović Piros. The conversation was led by art historian Ljiljana Radošević, and some of the topics were self-sustainability and financing of the festival, participation of local and city institutions, reactions of the local community, as well as the participation of artists from the region and the world at festivals.


Visit to Ljubljana and Rog Center

In December, we visited colleagues from the organization Urbana Vrana and Centra Rog and had the opportunity to visit the construction site of the new cultural center, visit important locations for the creation of street art and graffiti in the city and agree on some new joint projects.

During our stay in Ljubljana, we presented our association's projects: digitalization of street art and VR exhibitions, creation of Urban Heritage Hub, 3D models of murals for the blind and partially sighted, and connection with street artists.

Once the center is open, there is a possibility for cooperation through their residences, special programs dedicated to street art, as well as through Grafem - a program for the promotion of female graffiti and street art culture, co-produced by Urbana Vrana and Center Rog. "Gra" as in graffiti + "fem" as in feminine = GraFEM in Ljubljana. GraFEM fosters the empowerment and education of graffiti and street artists, as well as the promotion and reflection on female graffiti and the role of women on the Slovenian and international scene of graffiti and street art. As part of the program, local and foreign artists paint the area next to the Ljubljanica river with their masterpieces of graffiti and street art, with parallel workshops and graffiti tours around the city. The goal of the project is to encourage thinking about the role of women on the Slovenian and international scene of graffiti and street art.

You can hear more about the festival at the forum held last year in Belgrade:

https://youtu.be/Rk8QSJHvbdY

The Rog Center will be open to the public at the end of 2023. and is located on the site of the Rog factory, which produced the iconic Rog bicycles. The original purpose of the building will remain preserved, adapted to modern times - this will be a public space for the production of cultural and creative industries, with an emphasis on craftsmanship, applied art and design.

Centar Rog will be a universally accessible creative hub with programs designed to bridge the gap between high and popular culture. It will offer almost 9,000 m2 of creative space with accompanying programs, as well as a new park of 8,000 m2 that will be available to citizens for daily use and public events.


Educational mirror: Stories from the walls and AproPop

RTS 2 broadcasted a show that deals in great detail with the development of graffiti and street art in Serbia, in addition to our colleague Ljiljana Radošević, artists and experts from the history of art, music and film participated.

When we say graffiti, we think of a secretly written drawing or message on a public surface, usually on a wall.

There is no city without graffiti, and depending on the cultural and historical context in which they were created, graffiti tell different stories. Why they are important to us and what truths about the society we live in can be read from them - the topic of the first of two episodes of the show about graffiti, graffiti culture and street art: Stories from the Walls.

Art historian Ljiljana Radošević tells us about some of the oldest graffiti in Belgrade, but also about the contemporary styles of expression of street artists. Rock critic Petar Janjatović reveals the connection between graffiti, punk and new wave, and filmologist Ivan Velisavljević guides us through graffiti on film. Miodrag Stošić, the host of radio Belgrade 202, reminds that graffiti does not have to be written only on walls, while professor from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Milena Dragićević Šešić, explains how graffiti became mobile by moving to banners during protests in the 1990s.

https://youtu.be/8RxhlNGYwUY

Regardless of whether they convey political views, messages of love, artistic visions or cryptic nicknames, street art and graffiti represent a quiet street rebellion, because, like any form of intervention in public space, they are prohibited by law.

In the second episode of the show Stories from the Walls, we discover where the oldest preserved mural in Belgrade is located, when it was created and how state policy, in the eighties of the last century, encouraged the development of muralism in the capital. What is meant by the term new muralism, and what is meant by "graveyard trash romanticism"? What are the most significant film productions when it comes to graffiti culture in our country? And finally, how did graffiti and street art go from being a subversive act to recognized art? The answers are provided by art historian Ljiljana Radošević, filmologist Ivan Velisavljević, as well as street art artists Dušan Raić Dulajt, Andrej Žikić Artez and Petar Popović Piros.

https://youtu.be/05BdJUoWxxk

Author of the show: Ivana Nićiforović

 

On RTS, popular culture phenomena are also presented as part of the AproPop show, and one out of ten episodes is dedicated to graffiti and street art.

https://youtu.be/b37-q4gK6TY

Author of the series: Selina Lovren Aksentić


French edition of the VR exhibition in Novi Sad

During the traditional Digital November event organized by the French Institute in Serbia from mid-November, residents of Novi Sad will have a unique opportunity to discover Take III – Loving Street Art Belgrade, researched and curated by Ljiljana Radošević. This is the first exhibition of Belgrade street art and graffiti in the newly opened premises of the French Institute in Novi Sad, in the Creative District.

This exhibition will present over 40 works created by local, French and other foreign authors on the streets of Belgrade. The exhibition is available thanks to the unique virtual space of the VR-All-Art platform, so it will provide visitors with a special artistic experience of getting to know Belgrade street art. The works are divided into categories - old school graffiti, multi-artist collaborations, characters, templates, stickers, murals...


The ninth model mural for blind and partially sighted people was installed in Belgrade

As part of the "Art in Passing" project, the ninth model mural for the blind and visually impaired was installed in Block 45, one of the largest street galleries in the region.

The ninth model of the mural was made for the work of the artist Jens, one of the first graffiti artists who was key to the creation of the graffiti movement in Belgrade. The first graffiti in Belgrade was inspired by the New York style, which, like in the rest of Europe, appeared in the mid-eighties, and Block 45 is an extremely important place for the development of graffiti and street art in Belgrade. Here, graffiti was created in the eighties, under the influence of hip-hop, break dancing and the need to step out of the gray. It is from this block that some of the most important artists of Belgrade's graffiti and street art scene originated: Jens, Hope, Cash... Today, this location houses a large number of preserved works - some of them are a couple of decades old, and the space itself represents a kind of open air gallery.

In the last year, the models have been placed in several locations around the city - two models in Vračar, three models in the area of ​​Cetinjska, two models on the corner of Višnjićeva and Gospodar Jovanova, one model in the area of ​​Dorćol Platz and one model in Blok 45.

The use of 3D technology is an innovative approach in the presentation of street art and graffiti, as it enables blind and partially sighted people to get to know the works of art on the streets of Belgrade through touch. All works are accompanied by descriptions in Braille, which is rarely present in the public space.

The project is implemented with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information and in cooperation with the City Organization of the Blind in Belgrade, which gathers around 2,000 blind and partially sighted people from the territory of all Belgrade municipalities. There are about 12,000 blind and partially sighted people in Serbia who need support in realizing their rights as well as integration into all social flows and daily activities, and cultural life and art are an integral and important part of that.

In February 2023, the "Art in Passing" project will be presented at the United Nations in Vienna at the annual "Zero Project" conference, to an audience of 800 international organizations that are active in removing barriers in everyday life.


Panel: The relationship between institutions and street art

In the French Institute in Novi Sad, on Thursday 22.09. starting at 5 p.m., a panel discussion on the topic "the relationship between institutions and street art" will be held.

This panel will bring together practices and examples of cooperation between institutions and artists in the field of street art through the presentation of projects by the Embassy of the Netherlands, the French Institute in Serbia and the Austrian Cultural Forum. French artist Chaldea, Christine Koblitz from the Vienna Museum and Nevena Nikolić from the Dutch Embassy will participate in the panel, the moderator of the panel is art historian Ljiljana Radošević from the organization Street Art Belgrae.

The panel will discuss cooperation between cultural institutions and artists in the field of street art. Bearing in mind that street art that functions as a subcultural practice attracts the attention and interest of cultural and city institutions, the panelists will discuss the levels of communication and support in the field of street art. We will also discuss ways to preserve culture and subculture, and how to present street art to a wider audience from a position of cooperation with cultural and city institutions.

As part of the event, photos of works by French artists who visited Serbia will be exhibited, as well as works by Serbian artists created in France. Visitors will be able to visit the first virtual exhibition "Loving Street Art Belgrade", which is now also available in French using a VR set.

FRANCE
Chaldea is a French artist born in Paris. She visited Serbia several times as part of the All Girls Jam organized by the artist TKV, with the support of the French Institute in Belgrade and Novi Sad. Chaldea is recognizable for her unique style that is mysterious and contemporary and always evolving through the different media she uses. Her work goes beyond artistic creation and becomes a whole creative universe that she gladly shares with her audience. The artist will share her experience working on projects in Serbia.

AUSTRIA
Mag. Christine Koblitz, in charge of social media and special projects of the museum in Vienna, will present the unique project "Take over". In 2019, the Vienna Museum invited street artists to display their styles directly on the museum's architecture. Before the planned reconstruction of the museum, 40 recognized street artists were invited to "take over" the museum, creating temporary works directly on the walls of the museum itself.

NETHERLANDS
Nevena Nikolić from the Department of Culture and Media Relations of the Embassy of the Netherlands will present the "Exceptional Women of Serbia" project launched by the Embassy of the Netherlands in cooperation with the Center for Women's Studies, the GRAD Cultural Center and nine cities in Serbia. Their selection included the most significant women of the 20th and 21st centuries from various fields - among them are revolutionaries, activists, designers, philanthropists, politicians, poets, writers, lawyers, pedagogues, composers, athletes, feminists. Through a public competition, artists across Serbia were given the opportunity to portray 10 exceptional women by painting murals in selected cities.


Landscape of city streets - a walk within Good Urban Life

On Saturday, June 11, as part of the Good Urban Life program, we held the first five-hour walk, during which we wanted to show the different faces of the street. The "Landscape of City Streets" walk led the participants through street art and pointed out its connection with history.

The special program of the Belgrade International Week of Architecture "Good Urban Life / Dobar Urbani Život" is dedicated to urban interventions concerning pressing issues of city life.

The focus of our walk was not on the history of street art and graffiti in Belgrade, but we dealt with street art in the context of how the city develops, how political systems change, how the support or lack of support in some segments of culture and society is reflected in the manifestation of street art. art. We started from the cultural policy of the city, so we dealt with the protection of street art, as well as the way in which certain urban spaces are falling apart, and how they, with their condition, attract the attention of street artists to intervene in them.

The participants were addressed by Jasna Bratićević from the Center for Youth Integration, who pointed out: "At Kafe Bar 16, young people who work or have worked on the street got the opportunity to acquire some additional skills. There are a large number of cafes, bars, restaurants in Belgrade, so that there is a possibility for a large number of them to get a job. They start learning the trade here. Some stay here to work, and some go to other employers. With this, we got another safe place for them, like the hostels were until now".

During a break in the walk, the participants had the opportunity to experience the innovative street food bites of chef Vanja Puškar, the founder of the New Balkan Cuisine concept - "Our climate has enormous potential when it comes to street food. We have a rich assortment of raw materials, and I think there is a huge field for improving the offer of street food, which is already progressing year by year. Casual dining is developing globally, including in our country. It is very important that we follow the pace of development of this way of consuming food. Trends change and people want to eat something fast, but on the other hand, also with quality, with certain foods that have their own proper origin," explained Vanja.

Graffiti and street art as very recognizable artistic expressions happen in unity with the city. That is why this tour was not only about the aforementioned artistic expressions, but also about the coexistence of streets and people.

The implementation of the program was supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.

Photographer: Vladimir Živojinović


Eight models of murals for the blind and visually impaired in Belgrade

Five new 3D models of murals for blind and visually impaired people were set up in Belgrade. Whit these new models, Belgrade now has a total of eight 3D murals.

The goal of this project, led by the organization Street Art Belgrade, is to bring street art closer to blind and visually impaired people through models made using 3D printing technology that enable blind and visually impaired people to get to know the works through touch. The first two models were put up on the walls in October 2021 and they represented the works of artist Weedzor, the third model was done in April 2022 for the mural done by artists Jana Danilović and Hope.

Five new models of murals were set up in May at several locations in the city center and they represent different artists and street art styles. The selection of the works considered the availability and proximity of the works to the City Organization of the Blind in Belgrade so that members could feel what it looks like to discover art on the street through a short walk. New murals selected for the 3D models are done by the well known and loved artists TKV, Piros, Junk, Rage, Lunar and Flying Fortress. Along with the 3D models there is a description of the works in Braille.

"I am glad that the artists were given the opportunity to participate in the project of bringing murals closer to blind and visually impaired people. We have been given a new position through which we have an additional motive to think about how to convey something that is visual to someone who cannot see. This is very important, especially since street art is considered to be the freest kind of art. This is a step forward towards an inclusive society and I am glad that people within the street art community have launched this initiative; it creates a space to think about how to bring art closer to everyone." - said the artist Aleksandra Petković TKV

There are about 12,000 blind and visually impaired people in Serbia who need support in exercising their rights as well as the integration into all social flows and daily activities. Cultural life and art are an integral and important part of that.

"At the beginning of this project, I did not believe that it was possible to adapt murals to the blind and visually impaired, and in less than a year we have a total of eight works available to us. Our community is small and art is still insufficiently accessible to blind and visually impaired people, the very fact that artists will now think of adapting their works to everyone means a lot to us. The models on the streets motivate our members to feel as a part of the city, to move and walk more, which is very valuable." - said Nikola Djordjevic, president of the City Organization of the Blind in Belgrade.

The author of the project is the organization "Street Art Belgrade" whose members have been researching, documenting and popularizing street art and graffiti for over two decades. They are dedicated in bringing street art closer to everyone and in the last two years they have organized the first street art workshops for seniors and the first street art Belgrade exhibition in Virtual Reality.

The project is supported by the City Organization of the Blind in Belgrade and the companies Yettel and Atlantic Group.

Photos by Aleksandar Đorđević


Descriptions of murals for which 3D models were made

As part of the "Art in Passing" project, five new models of murals for blind and partially sighted people were made, which will be placed in the city center at several locations.

Five new mural models will be installed during May at several locations in the city center and represent different artists and styles of street art. When choosing the works, the availability and proximity of the works to the Belgrade City Organization for the Blind was taken into account, so that the members could, through a short walk, feel what it looks like to discover art on the street. The works for which the model was made are the works of leading and recognized street artists from Serbia and the world: TKV, Piros, Junk, Rage, Lunar and Flying Fortress.

 

TKV, "Up", 2021

This work was created as part of the All Girls Jam project, which was held for the second time in 2021 at Dorćol Platz. The general theme was related to the color green, which symbolically represents many things, but among others, recycling, environmental protection and returning to nature. Unlike some other works by TKV, where the presented women carry with them some important stories and symbolism, this person is actually just a model who carries with her the idea of ​​freedom, peace and strength. Looking at the sky actually represents a conscious decision to concentrate on the sky as a symbol of freedom and opportunity instead of the negative that surrounds us.

 

Lunar and Flying Fortress, "Cat and Bear", 2018

After more than thirty years spent on the streets creating art without permission (but also with permission), these two artists are happy to meet all over Europe to create joint works. As part of the United Colors of Belgrade / Warm up project, which was carried out in 2018 at the initiative of Paint Kartel and with the support of Street Up, Lunar and Flying Fortress actually presented their alter egos. Both Lunar's cat and Fortress's bear were created through a development process in which both were searching for their tag as well as for a visual alias that would represent them on the streets. During the development of a joint sketch and work on the street, it is quite normal that compromises occur in the process itself, especially when it comes to very specific individuals. In this work, the intention was to show in a self-ironic way the process of their long-term cooperation, reminiscent of the Czech animated series "A je to".

 

Rage, "The Fox in the City", 2018

For the last ten years, all over the city we have come across representations of foxes, wolves, various fictional forest monsters and sea wolves left behind by the artist Rage. Rage seems to create its own counterpart to the medieval Bestiary in which the real and mythological animals that occupied the imagination of the people of the Middle Ages were represented and described. He creates a whole range of animals from our urban Bestiary that symbolically inhabit our urban jungle. The work was created in 2018 as part of the United Colors of Belgrade / Warm up project.

 

Junk, "Friends", 2018

As part of the Kafe 16 support project, several works were created by different artists who supported this unique place in the city with their engagement. Namely, the members of the Children's Shelter team started this cafe in order for street children to acquire the necessary knowledge and experience that will enable them to get a legal job after they turn 16. Junk's idea was to create a work that will delight passers-by with its positive energy and light theme, but also convey optimism to those children for whom this place is intended. The beaver and the bird are there to, in addition to being a receptive illustration that in itself carries positive connotations, show the strength of friendship between the most diverse individuals. In addition, the birdhouse, which is in the background, can be interpreted as a symbolic representation of Cafe 16, which in a way represents a safe place, a house, for all street birds that need a home.

 

Piros, "Everyone is looking for their happiness", 2016

During 2016, a large number of the artist's friends moved out of the country. Although those farewells were full of positive and negative emotions, Piros realized that the most important thing in all of this was to support them in their new life endeavors. So he assigned each of them a bicycle, which, as a symbol from childhood, represents a magical device that can help them conquer the world. This work, which was created in the yard of the old Bajlonije brewery, is the first of this series and is one of the artist's most influential works on the street. "Everyone seeks their own happiness" was created as a sublimation of everything that the artist needed to express at that moment, from style, technique, symbolism to emotions.


3D model of the mural "Love and Hope"

Through the "Art in Passing" project, which is supported by the Yettel Foundation, we want to bring street art closer to blind and partially sighted people by placing models made with 3D technology.

The first models that were placed in Vračar in October last year attracted a lot of attention from the audience and showed how important the integration of blind and partially sighted people is in all areas of life.

The third mural for which a 3D model will be made was painted by artists Jana and Hope and bears the symbolic name "Love and Hope". The mural was painted in 2018 with the support of children from Svratishte. The wall is located in Cetinjska street, opposite the social enterprise cafe-bar "16", which was opened with the aim of providing support to former users of the Shelter after they turn 16 and represents a kind of opportunity for additional education, acquisition of new skills and the possibility of formal employment. First of all, it is another safe location for children who live and work on the street. By placing the model in this place, we wanted to additionally emphasize the important message of the mural as well as the very location where it is located.


Street art tours during the Belgrade Irish Festival

In cooperation with the Belgrade Irish Festival, we are organizing two street art tours on March 13 and March 17. The tours will be conducted in English due to the presence of guests from Ireland.

Street art tour "Murals"
Belgrade is currently one of the most attractive cities in Europe in terms of street art. If you are not used to paying attention to some less obvious works of art during your walks and thus discovering another face of this city, go for a walk with us. This time our topic will be street art murals as one of the most interesting forms of street art. In this way, we will be able to tell the story of the mural that will be created as part of the visual program of the Belgrade Irish Festival. The tour will begin in front of a mural painted by the famous Irish street art artist Holly Pereira at 16 Maršala Birjuzova Street. By painting a large-scale mural inspired by traditional motifs from Serbian rugs, Holly celebrates the skills and work that women traditionally put into both carpet weaving and other folk handicrafts.

Place of departure: In front of the mural at Maršala Birjuzova Street 16
Final location: Savamala
Date: March 13.
Departure time: 2:00 p.m.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: low (mostly flat streets).
Price: 1,200 dinars.

Group: Minimum 5 and maximum 20 persons per group. Registration is mandatory to the e-mail biftours22@gmail.com. In the application, state which tour and date you are applying for. The tour will be conducted in English.

Street art tour "Donji Dorćol"
As the former Austro-Hungarian and Jewish part of the city, lower Dorćol, like Savamala, was neglected for a long time, and has received exceptional attention in recent years. Street artists have been particularly active in the last ten years through large murals created as part of the Meeting of Styles, the Reconstruction festival and the Runaway festival, which beautify the entire neighborhood wall by wall. We will also see numerous works created within the old Bajlonije brewery in Cetinjska street, which represents a new focal point of nightlife.

Place of departure: Cetinjska street no. 16, in front of cafe "16".
Final location: Stare šine in Dunavska street (near the start stop of bus no. 26)
Date: March 17.
Departure time: 12:00 p.m.
Duration: 2.5 hours.
Difficulty: low (mostly flat streets).
Price: 1,200 dinars.

Group: Minimum 5 and maximum 20 persons per group. Registration is mandatory to the e-mail biftours22@gmail.com. In the application, state which tour and date you are applying for. The tour will be conducted in English.