Fantasy is often regarded as the antithesis of reality and thus a potential escape from violence; but as any good fairy-tale aficionado knows, fantasy does not filter out violence, it merely transforms it into something more palatable, if still a little disturbing.
Civic Room is pleased to present Misha Milovanovich's latest fantastical exhibition Bloom, a series of three seductive, large mixed-media works that document the artist's highly personal memories, experiences and projections.
In the early nineties, Milovanovich fled the collapse of Yugoslavia for the UK where, working as both a high fashion model and a photographer, she found an ambiguous brand of relief and more than a little sanctuary in the relative freedom of the UK.
She depicts the often liberating forces of commercialism and couture, as powerful talismans against the dark forces of state-sanctioned violence, both physical and sexual. Cartoon figures, slick graphic imagery and the pop devices of advertising and editorial design represent - for someone acclimated to the destabilising effects of a country in upheaval - a safe and empowering space to vanquish personal and cultural demons.
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