Ljiljana Maletin in Novi Sad, Serbia photo: Dragan Vojvodic
The Serbian writer, Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodic, has been exploring and writing in the Nordic countries for years. Her carrier path has been aligned with this passion for Scandinavia, contemporary visual art, women art and literature. She has spent some time writing and exploring all the Scandinavian countries. As a writer in residence, she has been to Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. Each of them was special in a way, and resulted in several literary genres (novel, art essays, short stories, research essays, photography etc.) Ljiljana participated in artist in residence projects in Japan, France, Portugal, Latvia and Spain, as well.
Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodic writings includes novels (Those who eat raw meath, 2013, 2016 /English translation/; Dwarves and Hyperborea, 2008, 2013 /English translation/; In Exile, 2011), non-fictional narratives (Norway from Bjornson to Knausgaard, 2017; Image of Sweden in Serbian culture, 2017; Finland-land of Kalevala, lakes and saunas, 2011; Norwegian story, 2013) photo-books (Vanishing home, 2016), conceptual Art Books (Proust’s ‘madeleine at the supermarket, 2016; Instruction as writings, Bergen, 2015-Novi Sad, 2016; Fabrikken, Bergen, 2015, Gothenburg Art Book, Gothenburg, 2014) and art journalism (texts published at Danas daily newspaper, P.U.L.S.E and Hyperborea art blogs, etc).
She has participated in international projects and artist-in-residence programs in Portugal, Spain, France, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and Greenland.
During 2015, she was awarded First Prize for best contemporary novel in the Serbian language (Andra Gavrilović Prize). In 2009, she was awarded Second Prize for best contemporary novel in the Serbian language (Milutin Uskokovic, Medjaj, Uzice).
She was international culture grant awarded (Kizuna’ exchange programme – Japan 2017 grant, The ‘Novi Sad 2021’ Foundation, in cooperation with the EU-Japan Fest organisation from Tokyo, grant for research trip to Japan, 2017; NORLA, Norwegian Literary agency, 2016; Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade 2013, Finnish Embassy in Belgrade, 2011 etc. She was awarded by several artist-in-residency grants (Greenland, Latvia) as well.
A library’s collection of British library, Library of American Congress, Harvard Library and Oslo city library includes her books: In Exile, Those who eat raw meat or Norwegian story,
The Ministry of Culture in Serbia has purchased her books Those who eat raw meat and Dwarves and Hyperborea, for Serbian libraries , during 2012. and 2014.
As a photographer she merited a special prize for a project on Iceland by the Photo-Movie Association, Belgrade, Serbia, 2008 and participated at Museum Night 2011 at Museum of contemporary art in Novi Sad etc.
Ljiljana’s subjects include image studies, scandinavian studies, intercultural dialogue, tradition & contemporary art and women’s art and artists, photography, women literature.
She is cofounder of NGO and AiR Artbox from Novi Sad.
I am oriented towards women contemporary art, different cultures& image studies. The essence of my interest is art and the artist, in literal and figurative meaning.
In my writings, I make references to contemporary women visual artists, writers, musicians, photographer, directors… in a very personal blend.
My writings are about transforming my experience into something textual. My narratives are all between reality and fiction (a journey into interior of the mind). Meanings, connotations and associations come after initial experience. So, being a writer means healing my own wounds and opening them, again.
I have been inventing fictional, non-fictional narratives and art essays since I started to experience traveling as a way of generating my life and desire. Traveling inspired me to work in several literary genres (fictional novel, short stories, research essays etc.).
Writing and traveling have a lot in common: life around us doesn’t support our habits and the way we observe things anymore and we need to be more open, flexible and artistic…
Simply being a Serbian is no longer enough for me – I need to utilize the talent of people from different culture, tradition, religion and I am trying to understand what people have in common and what divides them at an individual, national and cultural level; to understand the complexity of the concept of national and personal identity. So, that is the reason why traveling is the most important elements in my artistic life.
Since 2006 I have been trying to paint a portrait of people and environment based on my imagination, personal experience and image studies. I took part in artists’ retreats in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, France, Portugal, Spain and Finland.
During July 2010, upon a recommendation from the Upernavik Museum Curator, I was selected by the Museum Board to be the writer-in-residence at Upernavik Museum in Artic Greenland, the most northern museum in the world.
During 2012/2013, I was working on project at USF Verftet in Bergen, in Norway. In August 2013. I was writer-in-residence at Meson ArtHouse in Norway, as well. During July, 2014, I took part at Konstepidemin summer program in Gothenburg, Sweden and return to USF Verftet in Bergen during December 2014 and January 2015. In summer, 2015, I took place at Frida Hansens Hus in Stavanger, in 2016. at Erro Nelimarkka Museum in Sweden.
In mid-January 2018, within the ‘Kizuna’ exchange programme organised by the ‘Novi Sad 2021’ Foundation in cooperation with ‘EU-Japan Fest’ from Tokyo, I participated in research project in Tokyo, Japan.
Magistra der Philosophie (Serbo-Croatian Language and Literature) Department of Literature, University of Novi Sad, Serbia (GPA: 9.36/10.00)
Artist-in-residence grants, scholarships and programs:
-Research trip in Japan, Tokyo, EU Japan Fest grant, Japan, 2018
– Erro Nelimarkka museum residency, Finland, 2016.
– Frida Hansens Hus, Stavanger, Norway, 2015.
– USF, Verftet, Bergen, Norway, 2013, 2014/2015.
– Konstepidemin, Göteborg, 2014.
– Art-House Messen, Alvik, Norway, 2013.
– USF, Verftet, Bergen, Norway, 2012.
– Cite des Arts des Paris, Paris, France, 2011.
– Upernavik Museum, Upernavik, Greenland, 2010.
– Vetspils Writers House, Ventspils, Latvia, 2009.
– Rodriguez Amat foundation, Les Olives, Spain, 2008.
– Obras Foundations for Art and Science, Evoramonte, Portugal, 2007.
Collaborated with visual artist Dragan Vojvodić at his projects in France, Finland and Iceland (2006-2018)
– Image of Sweden in Serbian culture, Artbox/ Artprint, Novi Sad, 2017.
– Proust’s ‘madeleine at the supermarket (together with #action by visual artist Dragan Vojvodic), Artbox/ Artprint, Novi Sad, 2016.
–Those who eat raw meat, (English language) Artprint, 2016.
–Vanishing homes, photography, (English language), First edition, Novi sad, 2016.
– Instruction as writings, limited art edition, First Edition, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2016.
– Instruction as writings (conceptual art book, English language) Art Books, Amazon, kindle, Norway, 2015.
– Dwarves and Hyperborea, (fictional novel, English language), Kindle Amazon, 2014.
– Eaters of row meath, (fictional novel, Serbian language), Mediterran publishing, Novi Sad, 2013.
– Norwegian story, (Anthology of Norwegian literature published in Serbia, Serbian language), Prometej, Novi Sad, 2013.
(Norwegian Embassy grant)
– In Exile, (fictional novel, Serbian language), Prometej, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2011.
– Suomi, land of Kalevala, lakes and saunas, (non-fictional book, Serbian language), Prometej, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2011.
(Finnish Embassy grant)
– Karlovacka gimnazija, co-author, (non-fictional book, Serbian language) Novi Sad, Prometej, 2010.
– Icelandic guide: Dwarfs and Hyperborea (fictional novel, Serbian language), Mala Velika knjiga, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2008.
Art Books (handmade, limited edition):
– Instruction as writings (conceptual art book, English language) First edition, Novi Sad, 2016.
-Vanishing home (conceptual art book with photographs, English language), First edition, Novi Sad, 2016.
– Instruction as writings (conceptual art book, English language) Bergen, Norway, 2015.
– Fabrikken (conceptual art book, English language) Bergen, Norway, 2015.
– “who?” makE Künst? (conceptual art book, English language) Bergen, Norway, 2014.
– Gothenburg Art Book, (conceptual art book, English language) Gothenburg, Sweden, 2014.
- Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodic artbooks Instruction as writings and Vanishing home are listed at Artist’s Book Yearbook 2018-2019, published by Impact Press, UK, September 2017.
– Writer whose novels, short novels, biographies and articles were published in several books (Beografiti, Alma), literary magazines (Sveske, Letopis Matice srpske, Beogradski knjizevni glasnik, Polja, Nova misao), television (B92), newspapers (Danas, Gradjanski list) and internet (B92, P.U.L.S.E., e-novine)
– Literary lecturer at the grammar school “Karlovačka gimnazija” in Sremski Karlovci, (founded in 1791), 2000-present.
–Programme Associate at Novi Sad#Literary Autumn Novi Sad, Serbia, 2017.
– Author of Literary Workshop, Norwegian-Serbian Cultural Cooperation, Karlovacka gimnazija, Serbia, 2013.
– Author of Literary Meetings with contemporary Serbian writers in Karlovci Grammer School, , , Karlovacka gimnazija, Serbia, 2013-2017.
– Author of Literary Workshop, Finnish-Serbian Cultural Cooperation, Karlovacka gimnazija, Serbia, 2012.
– Participated at the The European Union Delegation and Ministry of Culture and Information supported campaign dedicated to media literacy targeted at secondary school students in Serbia, 2015.
– Programme Associate at Multicultural and Multiethnic Creative Performance, Ministry of Culture and Human Rights, Belgrade, Serbia, 2009, 2010.
– Vetspils Writers House residency grant, Ventspils, Latvia, 2009.
– Programme Associate at Multicultural and Multiethnic Creative Performance, Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2008.
– Participated in Literary Festivals as a writer (Femfest, Zagreb, 2006.) and programme associate (International Prose Festival, Prose Fest, Novi Sad, 2007- 2009).
– Editor of Prose, novel collections, published by Karlovačka gimnazija, Sremski Karlovci, Serbia, 2007.
– Editor-in-chief of “Branko” a literarymagazine, Sremski Karlovci, Serbia, 1995, 1996.
– Adviser for M. A. language students from the USA, Azbukum, Center for Serbian language and culture, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2006.
– Participated at several international workshops and international project on cultural integration and intercultural dialog (organized by GTZ, Germany, Zuroff Siemon Wiesenthal Centrein Serbia, Novi Sad School of Journalism) (2000-2012)
Represented in books of short stories and stories (Serbian language):
– Pichweis, Sarajevo, Bih, 2012.
– Medjaj, Uzice, Serbia, 2009.
– Najkrace price, Alma, Serbia, Beograd, 2005.
– Otisci srca planete, Serbia, Beografiti, Beograd, 1999.
–Other works – exhibitions:
(Video works and photography /cover pages for books, photos in books and individual works)
– Museum Night, Museum of Contemporary Art, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2008, 2011.
– Men in Women’s Eyes, Gallery “Jefimija”, Belgrade, Serbia.
– 7 KEF, Rex Center, Belgrade, Serbia 2006;
– Art-Tech Belgrade, Serbia 2006;
– Cafe Moscow, Berlin, Germany, 2006;
– Mobil Eye 2, Night of the Museum, British council & Gallery “Žad”, Belgrade, Serbia, 2006;
– Femfest, Zagreb, Croatia, 2006.
-Second prize for Literary workshop among Karlovci Crammer school students. Awarded by Serbian Government, Ministry for science and education, 2017.
– First prize for the best contemporary novel in Serbian language in 2015, Andra Gavrilovic prize, 2016.
– Special prize for Creative interactive workshop called Norwegian story. Awarded by Serbian Governmen, Ministry for science and education, 2015.
– First prize for Literary workshop among Karlovci Crammer school students. Awarded by Serbian Governmen, Ministry for science and education, 2014.
– First prize for Literary workshop among Karlovci Crammer school students. Awarded by Serbian Governmen, Ministry for science and education, 2013.
– Norwegian Embassy at Belgrade grant, Belgrade, 2013.
– First prize for Literary workshop among Karlovci Crammer school students. Awarded by Serbian Government, Ministry for science and education, 2012.
– Special prize for newspaper article about Prishtina published at Belgrade newspaper Danas (awarded by Danas newspaper&Kontiki travel agency), 2012.
– Finnish Embassy in Belgrade grant, Belgrade, 2011
– Second prize for the Workshop on Finnish-Serbian Cultural Cooperation, Belgrade, Ministry of Education and Science, 2011.
– Upernavik museum residency grant, Upernavik, Greenland, 2010.
– Special prize for the Workshop of Creative Writings, Government of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2010.
– Second prize for the best contemporary novel in Serbian language, Medjaj, Uzice, 2009
– First prize for the Workshop of Creative Writings, Serbian Ministry of Education, Belgrade, Serbia, 2009.
– Second prize by the Serbian Ministry of Education, as the editor of the student’ s book “Prose”, Belgrade, Serbia, 2008.
– Special prize for a series of photos from Iceland, Photo-Movie Association, Belgrade, Serbia, 2008.
– First prize by the Serbian Ministry of Education as the mentor work for Essay about the Serbian play writer Jovan Sterija-Popovic, 2007.
– Special prize for best writings on the TV B92, Dolce vita in Venice, 2005.