The artist’s profession has commonly been seen as a ‘noble’ calling, one which allows the artist a high degree of freedom, egocentricity and a bohemian lifestyle. Being an artist today, I cannot easily associate myself with any of these descriptions. By voluntarily absorbing the negativity of the world around us, is it easy to be an engaged artist today? (Prlja)
This exhibition represents a cross-section of Prlja’s work since 2004, however, it is not a collection of disconnected works. The works have been selected in order to represent the artist’s investigation into issues such as hatred, terror, neglect, deception, dishonesty, insensitivity and misinterpretation in our society today.
The expression of ‘hate’ varies from one art project to another, but a common thread can be noticed – the hate, or expression of neglect, indifference, etc. occurs in all sectors of life, from within the prisons to the use of symbols of national identity, to the ‘global hatred’ which was re-activated with the terrorist attacks (9/11, 7/7, etc.) and the reaction to these with the ‘war on terror’.