"Not one of our views of the universal commercial exploitation of children can remain the same after we have seen the works of Kaludjerović. On the other hand, these paintings are not the result of any didactic intention on the part of the artist. On the contrary, they are themselves deeply enmeshed in a world governed by our inability to play a direct part in it and hence to change it. It is precisely the closeness of these paintings that disturb us."
from the text of Branislav Dimitrijević
Dejan Kaludjerović - Statment
My work is mainly concerned with issues of responsibility and manipulation. In other words, the ways through how mass media, educational systems or family contexts, influence society. My work explores the centrality of the image in the Western society, the obsession of the society with violence, the structure and mechanisms of capitalism.
My practice reflects the interweaving of photography vs. manual painting, figures vs. background and perspective vs. inverse perspective. Furthermore, I am exploring the dichotomies of hidden vs. revealed, spontaneous vs. constructed, past vs. present, personal vs. social, childish vs. mature, dangerous vs. harmless.
Since 2004 I have been working on a project Europoly. It deals with the problematic of the present day European identity and tensions between the two categories of „EU” and „non EU”.