This year, the Kontakt Conference will in part be dedicated to the great artist Mark Lanegan, and in cooperation with one of the most important music portals – Balkanrock.
The photo exhibition will be set up in Anti Shop Elektropionir before the #Kontakt2022 Conference. It will be opened on 23 March and will last until 30 March.
𝘐 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮
𝘜𝘱𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯’𝘴 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳’𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘮
𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘥𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘯
𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘐 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘦
(Mark Lanegan, I am the Wolf)
‘Nemanja Đorđević’s photo exhibition dedicated to Mark Lanegan is a visual tribute to the cult musician, who recently left us, too soon and completely suddenly. Behind the famous artist is a long and extremely fruitful musical career, an impressive discography and numerous significant collaborations. Belgrade hosted Marko Lanegan and his band four times. As an active rock photographer for many years, Đorđević had the opportunity to photograph each of Lanegan’s performances and to interview him on one occasion.
The photographs in the exhibition should be seen as a whole, although they consist of two parts: one – on stage, shows the distant, poetic and dark aura of Lanegan’s performances, while the other – off stage, which consists of photographs taken during the interview with the author of the exhibition, shows the musician in a more direct and warmer way. There are two aspects of the exhibition of Lanegen’s portraits, with a special focus on certain details, with which Đorđević conveys a certain impression of the musician. The photographs of Lanegan’s powerful performance of the songs, as he rapturously draws the entire audience into his world of darkness and struggle, contrast against the restrained smile of a man behind the scenes who continues to fight his own demons. Although Đorđević is known for very carefully framing and transferring rhythm and sound into the visual field in his photographs, this time the exhibition highlights his ability to capture the musician’s personality, to find a way to what is behind the visible, to make the elusive in a man present and revealed in a photograph.
Symbolically, the title of the exhibition refers to the title of Lanegan’s song “Way to Tomorrow”, in which the musician fails to find the way to his tomorrow. This exhibition hints that his departure is not final and is a kind of counter-indicator that he is already in tomorrow. Nemanja Đorđević’s photographs remind us of the unique qualities of Marko Lanegan’s inimitable personality and highlight the importance of his musical legacy as an indispensable part of rock and roll culture, which will be inherited by the generations of tomorrow.’
Marija S. Đorđević, art historian
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