Seven Nights is the installation Nikola Radosavljević developed during his artistic residence at Homesession during August 2022.
Seven Nights is a time-space durational ambient that refers to unconventional beliefs and struggles with grief and mourning the death of a loved one. While some rituals and culture references seem quite straightforward, other show historical and individual contradictions for overcoming sadness and loss.
The main piece, the artist book “Seven nights” is surrounded with compositions of material and non-material references from various cultures: food and herbs, packed clothes, coins, salt and sugar- all of them functioning as one global narrative inside of an individual story, leading the observer through the circle of grief in a battle for individual relief.
The book appears to be a kind of individual guide on how to cope with grief as time continues to pass by, as well as how to handle loss in our current times. Surrounding the guide, the ritual is made up of a specific place to eat (the bed, which refers to the body of a Christ, but also the decomposition circle in an ecological system), a measuring scale for a body in front of the mirror (because a body without a soul weights different), and a slow tango dance video work which refers to the E. Munch A dance of life (1899), given that world slowly goes on while everything burns and explodes from the inside.
These poetic contrasts are inputs of the present moment: we are losing a lot, and so we grieve a lot. We face mortality without ever been taught how to overcome the sadness or how to fill in the voids and damages. At this moment, more than any other, while the world keeps losing its life, we face a near future where we will have to confront the collective burden of not being prepared for the emotional stress that is going to impact us on global level.
Nikola Radosavljevic has a Ph.D. from the Belgrade Faculty of Applied Arts, Department of Applied Arts and Design in 2020, on the subject of artist books and new media graphic practices. He has won more than twenty different awards and recognitions in the field of drawing and graphics, including the Purchase Award from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, 2019; the First prize of the Skopje International Graphic Biennale, 2020; the Award representing Serbia at the International Graphics Triennial in Krakow, Poland, and at the Graphics Triennial in Yekaterinburg, 2020.
In collaboration with: Belgrade Artist in Residence