Dio Horia Gallery is pleased to present Maja Djordjevic’s ‘Theatre of Memories’, a solo exhibition featuring an exciting mix of 8 installation paintings and 7 video works by the Serbian artist, on view at Dio Horia Gallery, Acropolis, February 04 – March 14, 2023. Published on the occasion, a catalogue involving rich visual documentation, as well as text by Ana Bogdanovic, is being released in conjunction with the show.
In her recent paintings, Maja Djordjevic explores the notion of fragility by exposing the childlike characters, the persistent protagonists of her painterly fabulations, to the scenography of fictional imagery developed in reference to the idea of the theatre of memory. Italian philosopher Giulio Camillo conceived the Theatre of Memory project in the 16th century as an ideal architectural structure that would spatialize the human knowledge of the world. His design replicates the structure of the antique theatre whilst reversing the relationship between stage and audience by placing the spectator on stage, exposed to the memory of human knowledge arranged within the auditorium construction. Taking this shift in relationship of exposure between the perceiving subject and the objectified memory as an impetus, Maja Djordjevic sets her alter-ego figures in theatrical situations where they perform as both vulnerable subjects and objects of the artist’s personal recollections.