Radenko Milak / Bosna i Hercegovina (2017) / 13:21 min.
The impossibility of representing catastrophe is, paradoxically enough, not related to the absence of visual documentation. The unrepresentable is primarily defined as the inability to take measure of disaster. At the same time disaster and desire share the same distant etymology. “University of Disaster” can therefore also be read as “University of Desire," desire as antidote to the crushing feeling of powerlessness in the face of surrounding disaster. What can art do in this new era of unrepresentable disaster? What is the relation between disaster and desire today?
Radenko Milak, born in Yugoslavia in 1980, lives and works in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina). After studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Art in Belgrade, he created and managed from 2008 to 2010 Spa Port, an international contemporary art exhibition. As of 2010, he dedicated himself full time to his artistic practice and created works prolifically, mainly paintings, watercolors, drawings and animation films. He defines himself as a painter of the digital era. These works, which tend to follow the principle of the series, have been the subject of numerous exhibitions in the world, during Art Biennales as well as in Museums or Art Centers or Galleries. Radenko Milak makes of the Image the very matter of his creation. He thinks of his works as installations that put into play the symbolic power of images, their aesthetic potential, in a epoch when they are gradually replacing articulated languages and when their production has gotten out of control with the coming of the digital age. His works are very often exhibited in Europe, more particularly in France and Germany, where they are present in several public art collections such as the Folkwang Museum. In 2017, he was the artist invited for the 57th Venice Biennale to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina. He invested the Pavilion with a conceptual exhibition entitled “University of Disaster.” In 2018, he will be presenting several solo shows and is invited to several international Biennales including the third edition of the Kampala Biennale (Uganda) and the 57th edition of the October Salon in Belgrade (Serbia).