Lav Mrenović, Belgrade
Lav Mrenović is an independent art writer and curator. He has graduated history of art at the University of Belgrade and currently is researching the influence of globalization on Belgrade's contemporary art system since 2000. His interests are contemporary art and its relations with politics and identities. He has published articles, essays, and art criticism on these topics on portals "Mašina", "Seecult" and exhibition catalogs. Aside from writing, he has co-curated the exhibition "Art in the Age of Class War" held in Ostavinska gallery in 2018 and was an assistant curator to Maja Ćirić on the "Autumn Exhibition: The Entangled" of Association of Fine Artists of Serbia (ULUS).
As a curator, I am chiefly interested in institutional critique through which I explore the possibilities of micropolitics both within the art system and its surroundings. I am dedicated to ethical, equitable, and contextual approaches that are focused on empowering all of the actors involved in the exhibition-making as well as the public. My curatorial principles are based on solidarity, empathy, and horizontality. I support art that destabilizes conventional knowledge, experiments with the presentation, subverts expectations, and provides fresh narratives.