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 (2020), 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 creates Adan, her own alter ego who, as the superhero or heroine of this graphic novel, is forced to find appropriate alternative ways of working as an artist in an era of pre-apocalyptic conditions.
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 and one in which superheroes will not be needed, as we conclude that camaraderie and solidarity is the only viable option for the future.
The project ‘AdaN, a Call to Borrow, Reuse and to DeArtify’ consists of more than 200 drawings, presented in the form of the four episodes of the graphic novel, accompanied by a narration written by Nada Prlja’s brother and acclaimed fiction writer Branko Prlja.
The graphic novel ‘AdaN, a call to Borrow, Reuse and to DeArtify’ is published in conjunction with the exhibition ‘AdaN, in the City of Fire’ (27.12.2019-21.02.2020), a solo exhibition by Nada Prlja at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje www.msu.mk.