Lecture: Selman Trtovac: Migrants of Mental Spaces
MSUV / Dunavska 37, Novi Sad

Selman Trtovac (Photo: MSUV Novi Sad)

December 28st, 2016 | 17h

Muzej savremene umetnosti Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia

Within the exhibition Migrants of Mental Spaces, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina organized the lecture of the artist Selman Trtovac, one of the participants at the exhibition. The main theme of the lecture was migration in the context of the Academy of Arts in Dusseldorf, trough his own experience.

’’Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf is a phenomenon which contributed, among all, to stimulating conections between, for example Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramović, Ulay, Ješa Denegri, Biljana Tomić and Student Cultural Center in Belgrade. Relations between different artistic scenes, places of educations, exhibition spaces and individuals started in 70’s in twentith century and continued throughout decades, enabling new experiences and exchanges, even in the period of social-political tightness and xenophobia of society in the 90’s.

Some of the artist that went trough practice in Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf  or collaborated with it, live today in the countries where they were born, transfering the knowledge, that they learned from their professors, on the local scene, while the other continued their journey and these days live and work in different parts of the world, connecting mental spaces that influenced them.’’ (Sanja Kojić Mladenov)


Selman Trtovac was born in 1970. in Zadar, former Yugoslavia. From 1990. to 1993. He studied painting on the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade. He tranfered on Academy of Art in Dusseldorf in the class of Klaus Rinke, in 1993. He is a member of IKG. He is a initiator of Artistic Center in the Library of University „Svetozar Marković“. Creator and co-founder of independent art association called Third Belgrade, later called Perpetuummobile (www.perpetuummobile.rs). In 2012. he got doctorate degree on the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, section Sculpture. He exhibited on many international exhibitions in Serbia and abroad and his works are in many private and public collections. He lives and works in Belgrade. He was one of the iniciators of the exhibition ’’Migrants of Mental Spaces’’ in the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, where he presented his drawings and photographies called “Spiritus movens”, where he problematize the question of art and truth.