Monday 3 December 2018, 5pm
The Knapp Gallery, Regent’s University London
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NS
Mladen Miljanović is a Bosnian Artist whose work, MWRL 100mm (Multiple Water Rocket Launcher), is currently on display in the Quad at Regent’s University London as part of the Reconciliations Exhibition in The Knapp Gallery. In 2013 he represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at 55th Venice biennale with pavilion project titled ‘The Garden of Delights’. Mladen will talk about the work in the context of his personal experience of child living literally on the frontline, growing up surrounded by soldiers, and violence and how it influenced his identity and his work.
Born in Zenica (Yugoslavia) in 1981, Mladen grew up in Doboj. He enrolled in military school at the age of 18 and went on to serve as a sergeant. After his military training, he trained as a stonemason and then enrolled at the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka. Mladen’s artistic practice is based on his life experience: growing up during and after the war in a devastated, impoverished, ethnically and territorially divided, and externally isolated country; as well as his military service and training as a stonemason. As demonstrated by MWRL 1000mm, his work seeks to reconcile the contradictions inherent in his personal experience and in the experience of the post-conflict society.