Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born in 1987 in Serbia-Montenegro and finished my undergraduate studies in sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2020. I then finished my postgraduate MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL, University of London) in 2022.
The genealogy of my work stems from my childhood, moving from Serbia to Greece during the brutal conflict in 1999. At only twelve years of age, I became a war refugee seeking asylum and education, and finally after a fifteen-year process, Greek nationality. The experience of living in a catastrophic war zone and subsequently navigating the nuances of state systems are topical subjects that have continued to influence my making today, with themes about death, fear, escapism, danger, and expectation. In my work, I employ a wide range of materials including sculpture, painting, installation, video, and music.
From a really young age, I have been working in several jobs, besides going to school, such as an air condition technician, a playground constructor, and an internal and external mural painter. I have collaborated with the UNHCR in raising awareness about the fight against racism and social discrimination in schools. From 2014 until 2020 I worked as a stringed instrument art luthier craftsman next to one of the most renowned luthiers in Greece and presented my first solo exhibition entitled APORIA at Kalfayan Galleries in Athens.