Bojana Knežević, Novi Sad
Bojana S. Knezević is a media artist active in the field of performance, video, audio-visual installation, sound and radio art and art education. She is co-author of an art/media project and podcast Femkanje and a member of the sonic/theatre duo 67 Microphones. Her works have been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows as well as at media art and film festivals. She participated in a number of artist-in-residence programs, including KulturKontakt (Vienna), Q21/MQ (Vienna) and DAL/Donumenta Art Lab (Regensburg). She holds a BA and MFA degree (New Media Arts) from the Department of Fine Arts, Academy of Arts Novi Sad, and doctoral degree (Interdisciplinary studies - Digital Art) from the University of Arts in Belgrade. Since 2018, she has been working as a professional associate at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.
In my artistic practice, primarily through performance and participatory art projects, I strive to deconstruct various social stereotypes, with a focus on marginalized or hidden individual and collective identities. By nurturing documentary approach and dealing with a variety of media experiments, I approach the research from the specific position of performer-recycler, mostly using DIWO methods and strategies of appropriation and self-proclamation. In this way, I create hybrid narratives and identities that, as a place of creative resistance, aim to reveal paradoxical relationships and positions within different systems and closed social structures. By opening up the space for multi-layered interpretations, I try to establish and encourage a complex interaction between the audience and the artwork. Blurring borderlines between performer(s) and audience, art and life, drives me into temptation to treat the collective body effectively as a fluid form susceptible to be, to some extent, modeled and manipulated, actively questioning the position and role of participatory performance in communicating the problems of certain social groups.