Ljilja los

Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodic is a published author whose work includes novels, non-fictional narratives, and journalism. She has participated in  international projects and artist-in-residence programs in Portugal, Spain, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and Greenland.
During 2009, she was awarded Second Prize for best contemporary novel in the Serbian language (Milutin Uskokovic, Medjaj, Uzice).

As a  photographer she merited a special prize for a project on Iceland by the Photo-Movie Association, Belgrade, Serbia, 2008.

She collaborated also with the visual artist  Dragan Vojvodic, on his projects in Finland, France and Iceland.
Ljiljana’s subjects include image studies, contemporary art, women’s writing, prejudice, culture, intercultural dialogue, tradition, art and artists.



What did your stay at Messen mean for your artistic work?
Inspiration for the book, newspaper’s articles and workshop about Norway in Serbia.

What were the results?

Workshop: Norwegian culture among Serbian students www.norveska.org.rs.

Articles in main Belgrade daily newspaper Danas about:
Kunstnarhuset Messen  www.danas.rs
Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo: www.danas.rs/danasrs
Munch 150, Anniversary Exhibition in Oslo:  http://www.danas.rs/danasrs/periskop
facebook group about Norwegian story https://www.facebook.com

What, if it did, did your stay mean for you in your artistic work and development?
Creativity, new ideas, development in artistic career
What did your stay do for your knowledge of Hardanger and Norway?
I read a lot of articles and books about Alvik and Hardanger area and visited local museums and places near by.

How has the stay influenced your contact with other artists?
I come to Alvik because I was focus on Norway, Norwegian nature and people, not people from abroad, but I had very good contact with American artist Anthony Chervino and nice contact with Ingunn and two female Norwegian artists who has studios in Messen, as well as several inhabitants from Alvik.


In Kunstnarhuset Messen Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodic was working on a novel about a female author inspired by one of Serbia’s most important prose writers, polyglot and essayist, Isidora Sekulić (February 17, 1877 – April 5, 1958) and her book “Letters from Norway” (1914), a remarkable meditative travelogue, written during Isidora’s trips from Oslo to Bergen.

During her residency period, Ljiljana wrote 3 articles, published in Serbian daily newspaper Danas: text about Kunstnarhuset Messen,  article about Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo and article about Munch 150, Anniversary Exhibition in Oslo.
After her stay in Messen, she was a leader of workshop in oldest Serbian highschool Karlovci Grammer school: Norwegian culture among Serbian students and administreted facebook group about Norwegian story.

Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodic and Dragan Vojvodic (Serbia), stayed at Messen for 4 weeks in 2013.