Natasa Kokic is a visual artist born 1979 in Belgrade, Serbia whose work is dealing with the relationship between the individual and society and how that relationship works; in what way society changes our views, our wishes and priorities. The works are depicting what sort of life we should lead, or what is offered in comparison to what we want. The scenes are cloaked with melancholy, owing to the fact that our preferences have changed and that our wishes and longings will perhaps never come true. Therefore, the paintings and drawings are creating a hermetic world, parallel to the one that exists.
Natasa Kokic has graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 2005, and in 2010 received a master’s degree. Since 2001 she exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at home and abroad. She has won several awards, and one of them is “Mangelos” which includes a six-week stay in New York. A lot of her works are in private and public collections, including the collection and in October Salon. Currently working on her PhD.
“Growing up, I imagined that behind the last line of the house, which I could see from my balcony, a landscape. Usually I was on the balcony at dusk, watching the space between the two houses … because I could not see nothing but the sky and the top of a tree, I imagined that there is a meadow that leads up into the hills, instead of a big factory that there really is located. I noticed that the balcony facing west and it became symbolic. In the nineties, everyone around thought ‘west’ meant spiritual freedom and a normal relaxed life. This new life is located so close behind the last row of houses. “
Natasa Kokic for some time engaged in the landscape as a symbol of the modern world. Her previous works describing imaginary, timeless interior regions, who spoke about the circumstances in which we live, the social changes that affect all of us and so build a kind of inner constructed landscape that becomes the source of our doubts and hopes.
At the exhibition “I am so full of stones that can barely move” in Remont gallery, Natasa presented large format drawings, made charcoal on paper technique. New works are moving towards objects and landscapes created under the influence of culture and science, but still speaking of the inner world. Analyzing and changing environment, people are always trying to change the circumstances in which they find themselves. Using motifs such as artificial mountains, asteroids, computers, Natasha tries to create interesting on stories that introduce us to a more complex world, where nothing is easy and nothing is visible on the surface.
About landscapes in her artworks Natasa says: “Yes, I do invent them. But it is not entirely correct to say that those mountains don’t exist. They are landscapes where I would like to escape to. Everything started almost fifteen years ago during a very hard period”.
Natasa draws motivation from fear and music, and it has a very strong stimulation on her. She loves physics, and often reads texts in physics and what affects her with fear. “I have based my latest project upon this theme, by working on the idea of fear of something that is much bigger than us and that paralyzes. Like great natural disasters that are terrifying in all their beauty. They are events superior to such an extent that they produce a kind of a contemplative outlook, they succeed in being terrible and beautiful simultaneously. The next project will be about sandstorms and about that looming force that devastates.”
Natasa’s dream has always been to make a living with her art. The first time she sold pieces was in Vienna and in Germany. According to Natasa she wouldn’t mind teaching in an art school one day.
Natasa Kokic lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia.
|Year||Name of the exhibition||Gallery/Museum||Solo/Group|
|2014||Øystein Agerlie and Natasa Kokic, "Edge of the Map"||Art gallery, Cultural centre of Belgrade, Serbia||Solo|
|2014||Belgrade now||Schruns, Austria||Group|
|2014||Drawings||Cultural centre Palilula, Belgrade, Serbia||Group|
|2013||Drawings||Cultural centre Požega, Serbia||Solo|
|2013||"Nothing comes from isolation", large scale drawings||Tegneforbundet gallery, Oslo, Norway||Solo|
|2013||9th circle of obsession||Kunstimaja gallery, Tartu, Estonia||Group|
|2012||Strength in us, drawings||Visual Kontakt gallery, Ulm, Germany||Solo|
|2012||Collection 1, exhibition of collection of October salon,||Cultural centre of Belgrade, Serbia||Group|
|2012||Høstutstillingen 2012||Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway||Group|
|2012||9th Circle of Obsession||Artists pavilion, Zrenjanin, Serbia||Group|
|2012||Mikser festival ,The most beautiful building,||Mikser House, Belgrade, Serbia||Group|
|2012||Nordart 2012||Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Budelsdorf,Germany||Group|
|2012||Supermarket, Stockholm Art Fair||Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden||Group|
|2011||Strength in us, drawings||European center for Culture and Debate Grad, Belgrade, Serbia||Solo|
|2011||Horizont||Magacin gallery, Belgrade, Serbia||Solo|
|2011||Drawings on paper||Remont gallery, Belgrade, Serbia||Solo|
|2011||Hjem.Dom.Home||Vanløse Kulturhus, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2011||Tranzit||studio Stag, Drammen, Norway||Group|
|2010||Exhibition of 33. Jalovik Art Colony||JLK, gallery of Cultural center Jalovik, Serbia||Group|
|2010||23. Art salon||Galerija 73, Belgrade, Serbia||Group|
|2009||Restoration, drawings on paper||Art gallery, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia||Solo|
|2009||Houses, paintings||Gallery of Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation, Belgrade, Serbia||Solo|
|2009||Ny Serbisk Kunst, Young artists from Serbia||Vanløse Kulturhus, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2008||Untitled||Centre for Icelandic Art and The Icelandic Association of Visual Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland||Group|
|2008||Kulturkontakt Austria and Henkel Art Award for drawing, exhibition of the finalists||House of Legacy, Belgrade, Serbia||Group|
|2008||Plazma, young artists from Serbia and Kosovo||Leonhardi kulturprojekte, Siemens_artLab hosted by Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria||Group|
|2008||Remake||Gallery of Contemporary Art, Smederevo, Serbia||Group|
|2007||The Life You’d Like To Lead,||Gallery of National museum, Krusevac, Serbia||Solo|
|2007||Target Market||DOB Gallery,Belgrade, Serbia||Solo|
|2007||Young visual artist award, Dimitrije Basicevic Mangelos, exhibition of the finalists||Kontekst gallery, Belgrade, Serbia||Group|
|2007||Mixed worlds||City of Tampere Cultural centre, Finland||Group|
|2007||Remake of simulated, remake of the real, an informal||Kontekst gallery, Belgrade, Serbia||Group|
|2006||47th October salon / Life, art and confusion||Belgrade, Serbia||Group|