Since its founding (in October 1999), Remont – Independent Artistic Association, has positioned itself as a recognizable physical and mental space that continuously works on the development and promotion of contemporary art practices in Serbia. Although the broader public is mostly familiar with its gallery program, Remont is much more than that –it is also the point of gatherings, information exchange and informal discussions. Through a wide range of activities – exhibiting, publishing, educational, advisory, representative – Remont generates, promotes, follows and documents the development of contemporary art practices, dealing, among other things, with the topics and issues of cultural policy, both on the local level and in the context of the Western Balkans.
Great attention is also being paid to the professional growth of team members and associates. A dozen of art professionals, active and well-known on the local as well as international contemporary art scene, began their careers in cooperation with Remont. Moreover, new models of work that were being implemented in practice in Remont for many years, were often taken over and applied by other galleries and organizations in Serbia. So far, over 500 programs have been organized and held in Remont, and dozens of other programs organized by Remont have been held in partner organizations and institutions from Belgrade, Serbia, Europe and beyond. A number of printed and electronic Remont publications can be found in libraries around the world, and Remont Gallery has been rated by domestic and international reviews as one of the top five galleries in Belgrade. As a non-profit organization, Remont NUA (Independent Artistic Association) is financed through projects, donations and self-financing. Remont is one of the founders of the Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia, as well as the two regional platforms, Kooperativa - Regional Platform for Culture and the Mines of Culture, and holds an active role in the network of the Young Visual Artist Award.
The basic team of Remont consists of four art historians, with great professional
experience in local, regional and international projects:
and photographer Boris Burić (email@example.com).
THE REMONT GALLERY The program concept of the gallery is based on the promotion and affirmation of contemporary art practices, which consistently contemplate the media of artistic expression, reflecting a sophisticated attitude towards the position and role of the artist and art in contemporary times. The gallery is open to both local and foreign artists, and due to the specificity of the concept, it is predominantly oriented towards artists of the younger and middle generations. The gallery program is formed through a public call for applications, by invitation and through regular project activities. An average of 12 to 16 exhibitions in the duration of 1 to 3 weeks are held throughout the year, including also one-day presentations, projections, discussions, lectures, workshops, etc.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION One of Remont‘s key activities ever since its founding has been the networking of protagonists and presentation of the local contemporary art scene in international contexts. Collaborative projects were initiated either through international networks or through foreign organizations’ recognition of Remont’s professional capacities. Projects were orientated on positioning of the local contemporary art in regional, European and wider frameworks and some of them had a special focus on the research of the region’s historical and recent cultural heritage or on the topic of (e)migrational existence of artists and cultural workers from the Balkans and the former Yugoslavia.
EDUCATION In order to popularize and better understand contemporary art practices, various educational formats are constantly being developed in working with both professionals and a broader public. First workshops were designed as a practical and theoretical work with the younger generation of artists. Over the time different projects were initiated and they were dealing with actual topics as well as with specific problematic issues: the (non) functioning of the art market, visibility of art production, exhibition policies, curatorial practices and organizational models in contemporary art… In the sphere of education recent activities are more focused on the close work with broader audience through direct insights into the processes of artistic creation and giving them also a possibility to express themselves creatively.
PUBLISHING Remont’s publishing activity began in 2000 and has been dynamic in the following ten years, both in the field of printed and electronic editions. In addition to the Remont Art Magazine, as the association’s first publishing enterprise, the annual catalogues and a number of different publications with themes related to modern visual art, have also been published in the above-mentioned period. In the field of electronic publishing, several DVD editions with author’s projects have been produced as well as Database on Serbian Contemporary Art. Since 2010, the publishing activity has focused on the monographic editions of Serbian multimedia artists and their unique practices. Additional publishing segment consists of specialized guides and maps of the contemporary art scene in Belgrade.
SHOWROOM The question of self-sustainability is one of the key issues today, especially in the field of contemporary art practice, and not just for non-governmental and non-profit organizations. How to provide resources for basic expenses and for elementary production presents a big problem and challenge. Within Remont’s workspace, a specific showroom was created, in which art lovers can purchase reasonably priced drawings, prints, photographs, objects, etc. by selected artists and in this way also donate funds intended for further functioning of the association.
Boris Burić (1981) lives and works in Belgrade. He has finished his studies at the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Belgrade in 2005. He has been engaged in photography since 2007. In addition to his personal projects, he has cooperated with various artists (Focus Group, Ivana Ivkovic, Nenad Rackovic, Mia Cuk, Ana Margarida Menazes, Jota Mombaca...) and galleries (Remont, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, U10, Belgrade Cultural Center...). He is a longtime collaborator of Remont gallery.
Saša Janjić was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1972. He graduated from the Department of Art History, the Philosophical Faculty in Belgrade, in 2001. During the final years of studies, he attended the School of History and Theory of Art at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Belgrade. He received the award of the National Museum in Belgrade for the best thesis in the field of Art History. Since 2003 he has been the editor of the Remont Art Magazine, and in 2004 he was employed as one of the curator of the Remont Art Gallery in Belgrade. As the editor of the magazine, he participated in the project documenta 12 magazine at the Documenta in Kassel in 2007.
Saša Janjić co-curated the 47th October Salon in Belgrade in 2007 (together with the chief selector Lorand Hegyi). He was the author of numerous exhibitions in Serbia and abroad: Transformations, Remont Gallery, Belgrade (2004), Private Space – Public Space, Magacin Gallery, Belgrade (2007), Sistema Binario, BELEF 08, Belgrade (2008), Telenor Collection, Art Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzorić (2008), Behind Mirrors, the Italian Cultural Centre, Belgrade (2009), Aftermath – Tendencies of the Engaged Post-Yugoslav Contemporary Photography, the National Museum of Slovenia (2012) as well as the series of 10 exhibitions entitled Remont.Review II, as part of the program Revision (2012).
Since 2007, Saša Janjić has been actively engaged as a selector of the Telenor Collection of Serbian Contemporary Art. He has published many reviews and articles in numerous journals and magazines at home and abroad. He is a member of ULUPUDS (Association of Artists of Applied Arts and Design of Serbia) and of a number of art juries. He was the president of the Serbian branch of the International Association of Art Critics – AICA.
Miroslav Karić, holds a BA in Art History from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade (2000). Since 2001 Miroslav was engaged as an associate, coordinator and curator on over twenty projects realized in Serbia and abroad. Selected curatorial projects and collaborations: Mobile Studios, Beograd, 2006.; Bilbord projekat na Beogradskom letnjem festivalu 2007.; Nova slika, Galerija Dr Vinko Perčić, Subotica, 2008.; Fascinirajuća geometrija, Magacin, Beograd, 2009.; Ja sam to što jesam, 25. Memorijal „Nadežda Petrović“, 2010.Čačak, Srbija; Kroz crtež, Magacin, Beograd, 2010.; Vizije: Pogledi – skice srspske savremene umetnosti nakon 2000, Donumenta, Regensburg, 2011.; Fotodokumenti 02, Salon MSUB, 2012; Wild at the Street – Nenad Racković, Galerija 12 HUB, 2014; Sensing Realities, Galerie B-312, Montreal, 2015; From Diaspora to Diversities, 2016; artistic director for Artget gallery in 2017 (together with Slađana Petrović Varagić). In period 2003-2010 Miroslav was an associate and later an editor of Remont art magazine, and at the same time editor of the section "Exhibitions" in the Belgrade cultural monthly guide Yellow Cab. Since 2010 he is a member of the organizational and curatorial team of the project initiative Fotodokumenti. He is a member of the ULUPDS and the International Association of Art Critics- AICA.