20 July 2018

52th october salon > artists > Milica Tomić

Milica Tomic (visual artist) is a founding member of a New Yugoslav art/theory group, Grupa Spomenik (Monument Group, 2002); one of the founders of the international platform Yugoslav Studies and Working Group Four Faces of Omarska; She has participated in international exhibitions such as 24th Sao Paulo Biennale (1998), 49th Venice Biennale (2001), 50th Venice Biennale (2003); 8th International Istanbul Biennial (2003); Populism, National Museum of Art, Oslo/Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam/Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005); 15th Sidney Biennale (2006); Manufacturing Today/Trondheim Biennale (2010); 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011). She has participated in artist's residencies at the ArtPace in San Antonio (2004), DAAD Artist in Residence Berlin (2006), Residencies for International Scholars, Stanford Humanities Center / Drama department, Stanford University, USA (2011).


Container – Photography by other means / Index of the permanent war, 2004-2011


In her work, the artist mainly deals with collective guilt – reconstructing and contextualizing crimes against humanity. With her extensive artistic experience, the artist uncovers painful chapters of society. She records, archives and comments on terrible crimes people commit against each other. The piece Container – Photography by other means / Index of the permanent war is a reconstruction of a crime commited in northern Afganistan in November 2001. Taliban prisoners of war, who were being transported through the desert in cargo containers, were left for days without food, water or air. When the prisoners started to beg for air, members of the Northern Alliance started shooting at the containers to create “air holes“. Tomić decided to reconstruct the scene of the crime by repeating the act of shooting at an empty cargo container. This action was carried out in Serbia, Australia, Armenia and Italy. The main idea was to create a non-existing or fictitious picture, or event. However, with every reconstruction, Tomić came across new information linking host countries to various war zones.




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Belgrade October salon 2011

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