Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodic in Bergen, Norway, 2012.
Artist-in-residency USF, Bergen, Norway
The United Sardine Factory (USF) is located at the Georgernes Verft. This old factory was once the largest cannery in Norway. Now, USF is a multiple cultural arena, unique in size and variety. Arts and culture are produced, organised and presented in several forms and genres. Our neighbours in the area at Verftet includes Carte Blanche Contemporary Dance company, the national broadcasters TV2 and Bergen International Theatre – BiT. USF Verftet is run by the Stiftelsen Kulturhuset USF foundation. Spread out on 12 000 sqm, about 200 people in independent enterprises operate within the areas of art, crafts, music, dance, dramatic art, design and architecture, literature, film and video, internet and multi-media. Moreover, one find rehearsal studios for music and accommodation for dance, media workshop and literature. Several cultural organisations and companies involved with the cultural industry are located in the building. In order to strengthen connections between local artists and artists from abroad, the Bergen Council and USF Verftet hosts an artist-in-residence programme, offering studios and arrangements for two international artists.
06.07.2012. Bergensavisen published interview with Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodić called Skriver om Bergen
Project plan for USF:
Working on a fictional novel about Serbian women writer who came in Begen and who was inspired by Norwegian writers like Jostein Gaarder, Loe Erlend or Knut Hamsun and E. Munch, as well as one of the most important Serbian prose writer, polyglot and essayist, Isidora Sekulić (February 17, 1877 – April 5, 1958) and her book Letters from Norway (1914), remarkable meditative travelogue, written during Isidora s trips from Oslo to Bergen.
The essence of my interest is art and the artist. During my stay at USF residency I developed my research at Bergen Bibliotek, Kunstmuseene i Bergen and KHiB library. I interviewed local people connecting with art and become more familiar with Norwegian literature (Sigrid Unset, Amalie Skram, Karl Ove Knausgård, Jo Nesbø), visual art (Bjarne Melgaard, Bård Løken, Rune Johansen,Norwegian street art), music (Edvard Grieg, Röyksopp, Kings of Convenience) and movies (Reprise, Upperdog, Hodejegerne, Oslo 31. August).
– I also cooperated as an photographer in Dragan Vojvodić project he made at USF.
– 06.08. and 22.08. 2012. Serbian daily newspaper Danas published my essey about Scream by E. Munch and K. Hamsun.
Second part of project:
My future goal during 2013-2014. is to continue with my research, to finish writing a novel I started in Bergen and to publish 200-pages long fictional novel in Serbian language.