The graphic novels AdaN, a Call to Borrow, Reuse and to DeArtify – one pilot issue and three further episodes, could be read as a set of ‘instruction’, that proves that everyone could or should be a (subversive) hero, in order to strive for and achieve a better common future – in other words, the only future possible.
The pilot issue illustrates the creation of the super hero AdaN, who is Nada Prlja’s alter ego. The pilot episode is inspired by the way in which artworks were created for the Venice Biennial 2019, as witnessed by the artist Nada Prlja (she was herself representing the Pavilion of North Macedonia for the Venice Biennial 2019, with her project entitled Subversion to Red). The amount of surplus materials, escalated production and promotion costs reaching unexpectedly high costs were used for representation of various National Pavilions at the Biennale, this made Prlja want to ‘scream’ out to her fellow artists: “Artists!… When are you going to change the conception and mode of production of your artworks?”. This is how AdaN was created, in an urge by Nada Prlja’s to redirect her own practice in a new direction, towards the adoption of more suitable methods of working as an artist today in these ‘almost end times’.
In the exhibition, new drawing from the development AdaN, a Call to Borrow(Episode 1) is presented. AdaN’s call for artists to use/reuse the past works of other artists in order to refer to historical values, as a way to revive them within a contemporary, but at the same time subversive context. This intention is conceived by AdaN in response to the fact that in this new society the existing value system is destroyed, due to the careless relation towards history and the constant acquisition of artworks (whose value is determined by mainstream culture) and the necessity for the protection and revalorisation of those artworks/cultural artefacts.