Influenced by the global crisis, which implies that the possible end may not be only imaginary, Nada Prlja poses a series of questions reflecting on our situation in the world today, while questioning what it means to be an artist today, through the form of a graphic novel.
The graphic novel is situated in the present, but the novel occupies an imaginary time and represents conditions which are ‘fast forwarded’ to pre-apocalyptic times. In this scenario, people live underground, as pollution and deadly viruses have made living above ground a near impossibility. There are no longer any common rules that govern the world, where the values of camaraderie or coexistence have been amputated from human feelings and behaviour; instead, a sense of self preservation dominates the population. In these desperate times, Nada Prlja ‘becomes’ AdaN, a superhero or heroine of this graphic novel, who is forced by her/his egalitarian drives to find appropriate alternative ways of working as an artist and preserving historical art in pre-apocalyptic era.
The project ‘AdaN, a Call to Borrow, Reuse and to DeArtify’ portrays a world in which alienation, paranoia, isolation and greed dominate the future-possible environment. The project sets itself against such a potential future. The four episodes of the graphic novel provides a set of ‘instructions’ geared towards the creation of a better common future, one in which superheroes will not be needed and the only possible future.
The project ‘AdaN, a Call to Borrow, Reuse and to DeArtify’ will consists of more than 400 drawings, presented in a pilot and four consequential episodes of the graphic novel.