Vesna Klačar-Nedimović recently returned to her hometown to undertake her Artist in Residence in Belgrade, Serbia (15 December 2015 – 31 January 2016). Her artworks from Fragments II: Belgrade series was on display in Hotel Aleksandar Palas. The etchings and digital prints featuring the hotel are based on photographs taken during Vesna’s previous trip to Belgrade.
The hotel is situated in the heart of the city in Ulica Kralja Petra (King Peter Street), with Kalemegdan (Belgrade Fortress) and Knez Mihailova (Prince Michael Street – the main pedestrian zone and shopping precinct) right on the hotel’s doorstep. The building that houses the hotel was built in 1887 in an academistic style, and is one of the excellent examples of Belgrade architecture. The building was designed by renown Belgrade architect Jovan Ilkić.
During the Residence Vesna reconnected with Belgrade and its people, networked for future collaborations, partnerships and exhibitions, became a member of the Association of Serbian Visual Arists (ULUS), immersed herself in Belgrade art and culture, furthered her market knowledge and photographed the city for future projects.
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and the third largest city in South-eastern Europe after Istanbul and Athens, having around 1.7 million residents. Belgrade is situated at the confluence of rivers Sava and Danube. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The oldest archaeological artifacts from Belgrade area date back to the fifth millenium B.C. The members of a Celtic tribe founded Singidunum in the III century B.C., while the first record of the name Belgrade dates back to 878 A.D.