Dejan Kaludjerović was born in Belgrade, ex-Yugoslavia. For his achievements in visual arts, Kaludjerović was granted Austrian citizenship. He was studying in the class of Erwin Wurm at the Academy of Applied Arts, also in Vienna, and received his MA in Visual Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, in 2004. Since the beginning of his career in Belgrade the mid-1990s, Dejan Kaludjerović has been exploring the conjunction between consumerism and childhood, to analyse identity formation and stability of representational forms. Most of his paintings, drawings, objects, videos and installations, employ the processes of recycling, copying and reenacting, thus creating patterns that simulate mechanical reproduction and criticize homogeneity embedded in popular culture. Kaludjerović’s work is part of many private and public collections including MUSA, KONTAKT, STRABAG collection and collection of the Artothek des Bundes in Vienna and Salzburg Museum der Moderne, October Salon Collection, City Museum Belgrade, APT Berlin etc. He has exhibited internationally at numerous solo and group shows in Europe, USA, Australia and Asia: Artium Museum, Spain; Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg; Kunstlerhaus Vienna; Santa Maria delle Croci Ravenna (solo); Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade (solo); 1st and 4th Beijing International Art Biennale; CAC Vilnius, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina; Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy; Essl Museum (solo); Tokyo Wonder- site – Institute of Contemporary Arts; Kunstpavillion Innsbruck; 28th International Biennial of Graphic Art, Ljubljana; Kunsthalle Krems; 43rd, 44th, 45th, 46th and 55th International October Salon Belgrade; Museum of Modern Art Saint-Etienne;Sinopale, 2nd International Sinop Biennial, Turkey; 2nd Bucharest Biennial of Young Artists; Landesgalerie Linz am OÖ Landesmuseum, Linz; Prague Quadrennial and Manifesta 4 (archive project), Frankfurt, Germany. Winner of Sazmanab Residency, Tehran, Iran for 2015 and YARAT Residency, Baku, Azerbaijan for 2014. Winer of 55th October Salon Award, Belgrade, 2014. Winner of Atelier Tokyo for 2011 (Studio and travelling fellowship of 6 months provided by Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur). Winner of the CEC ARTSLINK scholarship for 2008, which included a residency at the Santa Monica 18th Street Art Center in the USA (program for art managers and artists from Eastern Europe). Winner of the Unidee residency in Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy in 2005, Emerging artist Essl Museum Award in 2003, as well as a three-month Kultur Kontakt Austria residency in Vienna in 2002. He is living and working in Vienna.
During his residency at Sazmanab, Dejan worked on a new iteration of his Conversations project with local children and conducted interviews and recorded conversations. He then presented his recordings part of his exhibition and installation “Sand Box” at Sazmanab.
The visit of Dejan Kaludjerović to Tehran was made possible through the generous support of Bundeskanzleramt Österreich Kunst und Kultur.
July 4, 2015 – July 26, 2015
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