Field(s): Painting, Drawing
Luca’s experience at Belgrade AIR:
My stay in Belgrade gave me the opportunity to know better the cultural and artistic part of the city, such as art museums, independent cultural spaces and artists.
Gordana helped me to set up a workplace where I lived and worked peacefully and really inspired from the cultural environment; she also introduced me to several artists and I visited their studios.
Thanks to her I saw the great potential of this city.
This experience was extremely important to me and for my work because I could deepen the practice of drawing; I think that amazing city influenced my style and bound my works to its beauty.
Exhibition at Remont Gallery
23.11. – 30.11.2015.
“Portrait of a Man”
As a winner of the Under 35 Special Prize within COMBAT PRIZE 2014 (Livorno, Italy) Luca won two months residency with Remont – Independent Artistic Association (Belgrade, Serbia) and Belgrade AIR – BAIR.
On exhibition “Portrait of a man” Luca De Angelis will show drawings and paintings created during his stay, and also as his reaction on his visit to Belgrade. Conceptual reflection which unites his Belgrade work started with the story about war crimes defendant Goran Hadzic and the anecdote about lost and again found Modigliani’s painting “Portrait of a Man” which further on explains art historian Clara Hoffmann in her text on exhibition.
“You can almost call it an amusing moment in history that it was a painting that leaded to the arrest of Goran Hadzic – amusing in a pathological sense of course. At least it was this fact that caught the attention of Luca de Angelis and provoked him to adopt the paintings title for his exhibition. It is easy to comprehend Luca’s intentions. The analogies that this story creates are obvious. It was the artwork of the Italian painter Modigliani that effected present reality. An Italian painting in Serbia, just as Luca’s work now is this exhibition. The Portrait of a Man is part of European art history and it became part of the latest European history regarding the past in the Balkans. The fact that the painting is inaccessible in the National Museum refers to the actual situation of the Arts in Belgrade. And so it also reflects the Situation Luca sees himself these days, being a stranger in Belgrade. The way Luca adopted the title for his series of drawings and paintings shows very well how history, urban myths and legends find their perception in Lucas’s artwork. It is a portrait of Luca, of his residency in Belgrade. A portrait of him reflecting his environment. But the title has also a double sense. It is not necessarily meant to watch it as a self-portrait. Portrait of a man. A man. Any man. The mankind. “
From text of Clara Hofmann