Piece description from the artist
Hotels are part of consumerism culture. Nevertheless, they are one of the first examples of this phenomena. Just like hypermarkets and shopping malls, they became non-places, as it was defined by french anthropologist Marc Augé. He coined the phrase "non-place" to refer to places of transience that do not hold enough significance to be regarded as "places". Non-places are always polished, compact, unchangeable, untouched. They are always "brand new", as if time stands still. This particular phenomena is the most intriguing one. Hotel rooms, in their permanent, self-healing freshness, make us feel cocooned and protected from the feeling of temporality. Since they are unchangeable, there is no way to form memories of certain parts of hotel rooms that could make us feel nostalgic for certain objects. The fetish of non-places is possible only if the non-place, as itself, is formed as an fetishized object.
Luka Tripkovic was born in 1989 in Serbia, and obtained his Bachelor's degree in painting at the Faculty of fine arts, University of arts, Belgrade. Luka later graduated with a Master's degree at same university, in the studio of professor Mileta Prodanović, in 2014.
Currently, Luka is working towards his PhD. During his studies, he received two awards from his University for drawing and painting. He was selected to participate in a workshop organized by the famous Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. His work is mainly based on exploring human body and the aesthetics of it, as they manifest in the phenomena of beauty, via drawings an paintings. His most notable influences are artists from renaissance, whose ideals he uses and transpose them into contemporary discourse, using fashion models as the main subject of his works.
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