TRAPA NATANS SCUTARIENSIS
Photo by Lazar Pejovic
The National Museum of Montenegro, Cetinje
Curated by Ana Ivanovic
This exhibition draws from the ecosystem of Shkoder/Skadar Lake as an inseparable geographical body of water that in one hand becomes a trope of further future cultural, political and ecological interconnectivity, collaboration and hope, and on the other hand is also the background of past multiple conflicting versions of history, as well as a natural amphitheater that exposes the contemporary dangerous that we face from unchecked overblown levels of consumerism, greed and lack of respect for nature.
There are about 144 endangered animal and plant species in Shkoder/Skadar Lake. The most symbolic of them is Trapa Natans Scutariensis. These species risk turning into paintings forever if no more comprehensive action is taken by both countries in synchrony.
2018, site-specific installation, acrylic, and soft drinks (Bravo (strawberry), Juicy Fruits (lemonade), Fanta (orange), Pepsi Max, Miranda (orange), Ice Tea (peach), Fuzetea (ice tea forest fruit), Bravo (green apple), Buzzz (red orange)) on the wall, 9'10" x 32'5" x 3.5".
Cathryn Drake, 2018, "Helidon Gjergji, National Museum of Montenegro," Artforum
Anila Dedaj, 2018, "Helidon Gjergji con në Malin e Zi mesazhe nga Liqeni i Shkodrës," Shekulli. Follow Link ...