Art Books


After publishing several creative (fictional and non-fictional) books at several renewed publishing house in Serbia (Mediterran publishing, Prometej, Novi Sad), after being awarded by several international artist-in-residencies grants, Ljiljana Maletin started a carrier as a conceptual writer.

Her latest writings Instruction as writings, Bergen, Norway, 2015; FABRIKKEN, Bergen, Norway, 2015. Gothenburg Art Book, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2014; “who?” makE Künst?, Bergen, Norway, 2014, Vanishing home, Finland 2016, are project based, and her highly conceptual approach – combination of literature with visual arts – includes a mixture of collage and re-writing recycled found texts.

They are art books about being an artist, being creative, about values in contemporary art, but books about writing also: how to create a book, about different writing discourses, writing process and techniques etc.

Her latest project called Art books was created in order to express unconventional writings. This project is an attempt to go into a new sphere of writing but reading&interpretation also.

Kea words: conceptual writings, art books, recycling, different writing discourses,non-creative writings, books-objects, experimental books, artistic books.

LJILJANA MALETIN, Vanishing rural 
Conceptual book, text and photography
First edition art publisher, Novi Sad, 2016.
limited edition
Finland is one of the OECD’s most rural countries, but the rural population is ageing fast.
This photographs have story-telling quality. Vanishing home transported me to a mostly abandoned places  in Finland, and introduced me, in an intimate way, to the people who use to live there.

project made at Nelimarkka museum residency, summer 2016. Finland
ISBN 978-86-919231-7-4
[50] pages: photography; 23 cm
Edition: Photography
Limited edition: 25 copies
NEW CONCEPTUAL BOOK:Essays & art actions

Ljiljana Maletin/ Dragan Vojvodic, PROUST’S MADLEINE IN THE SUPERMARKET, Artbox/ Artprint, Novi Sad, 2016.

Language-based visual art posters as well as piece of literature
Conceptual art objects, 

Conceptual writins project made at Nelimarkka museum residency, summer 2016. Finland


publisher: First edition, art publisher, Novi Sad, Serbia

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176 textbook pages
Hardback / Clothbound
15 x 22 cm
March 2016
Print runs 25 + 2 AP

Instruction as Writings Kindle Edition


  • File Size: 1732 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Art Box (August 11, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013T7MS46


Bergen 2016.

Handmade art postcards based on found bochures and magazines

Published by FIRST EDITION, art publisher from Novi Sad, 2016.

Ljiljana Maletin# postcards_photography # handmade language-based conceptual art and photography # my LITTERATUR

INSTRUCTION AS KUNST, Stavanger, Norway, 2015.

Language-based visual art posters as well as piece of literature

Language-based visual art as well as piece of literature & installation, Frida Hus, Stavanger, 2015.

Collaging and rewriting authors documents and non-fictional magazines and art brochures found during authors stay in Stavanger, July 2015.

Pre-writing process associated with questions the nature of writing, the role of the writer in contemporary society and the process of creating future authors novel called Scream.


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USF Verftet, winter 2015.

Photo: Ljiljana Maletin

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Ljiljana Maletin, Instruction as writings, Bergen, Norway, 2015.

Instructions as writings © Ljiljana Maletin

Art Book. Limited edition.
 Writings shelved as conceptual.

120 pages

USF Verftet, Bergen, Norway, 2015.

Instruction as writings is the art book based on concept of re-writing & recycling found texts from newspaper archives and female visual artist’s narratives and statements during authors project at USF Verftet in Bergen 2014/2015 – homage to Tracy Emin, Sophie Calle, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Marlene Dumas and Yoko Ono.

For this book has used first class raw materials only. The insert is made from Swedish quality paper, carefully produced by experienced bookbinders. The paper insert is section sewn in accordance with old bookbinding traditions.

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Ljiljana Maletin, FABRIKKEN, Bergen, Norway, 2015.

Ljiljana Maletin’s conceptual Art Book called FABRIKKEN demonstrates the significant interaction between visual art and literature – non-creative writings associated with questions the nature of writing, the role of the writer in contemporary society and the process of creating special kind of object-books.

FABRIKKEN is project based, and has conceptual approach – includes collaging and rewriting original private authors documents and non-fictional magazines and art brochures found during authors stay at USF Verftet in Bergen.

FABRIKKEN (reference to ex Sardine Factory, Culture centre USF Verftet  and Andy Warhol ‘ s The Factory also)  is art book where language was presented as one kind of visual element.

FABRIKKEN is an object of art / language-based visual art as well as piece of literature.

Ljiljana Maletin, FABRIKKEN

Art Book. Handmade. Limited edition.
 Writings shelved as conceptual.

114 pages

Bergen, Norway


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Ljiljana Maletin in her studio at AiR Verftet, winter 2015.

Photo: Dragan Vojvodic

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Ljiljana Maletin book FABRIKKEN, USF Verftet, winter 2015.

Photo: Ljiljana Maletin

Ljiljana Maletin, “who?” makE künst, Bergen, Norway, 2014.

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USF Verftet, winter 2015.

Photo: Ljiljana Maletin

Ljiljana Maletin, “who?” makE künst, Bergen, Norway, 2014.

Art Book. Handmade. Limited edition.
 Writings shelved as conceptual.

Bergen, Norway


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During USF Verftet, Bergen winter residency Ljiljana is working on a conceptual prose titled “who?” makE künst based on strategies of copying, appropriation and experimenting with different forms of literature and visual art. “who?” makE künst is focuses on questions around contemporary art practice, dialogue about artist and ideas related to who make art, how it is made, is art important, what is the role of the artist in the Era of Globalization etc.


 Ljiljana Maletin, Gothenburg Art Book, Gothenburg, 2014.

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Book cover                                     Konstepidemin studio in Gothenburg, Sweden, 2014.

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Ljiljana Maletin in front of her studio in Gethenburg, 2014.

photo: Dragan Vojvodic

Inside of 20 pages Ljiljana Maletin ‘s Gothenburg Art Book

Ljiljana Maletin, Gothenburg Art Book

Art Book. Handmade book. Deluxe limited edition.
 Book shelved as conceptual.

49 pages



GOTHENBURG ART BOOK comes from a few narrative sources, one of which is thinking about questions of address and form in the making of art and art books: steps in the writing process, pre-writing, brainstorming, researching, writing down all ideas, reorganizing, rearranging, adding or deleting content etc.

Gothenburg Art Book was made during summer 2014 when Ljiljana Maletin was selected to be a guest artist at Konstepidemin (Gothenburg, Sweden).

Further explanation of the project:


Artists’ books or art books are works of art realized in the form of a book. They are often published in small editions, though sometimes they are produced as one-of-a-kind objects referred to as “uniques”.

Artists’ books have employed a wide range of forms, including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box as well as bound printed sheet. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but the artist’s book is primarily a late 20th-century form.

“Artists’ books are books or book-like objects over the final appearance of which an artist has had a high degree of control; where the book is intended as a work of art in itself.” Stephen Bury[1] 


Konstepidemin/The Epidemic of Art,  a former Epidemic hospital, in 1987 turned into about 100 working studios for artists in different areas: art, mixed media, music, theatre, arts and crafts and literature. Konstepidemin is Sweden’s biggest workplace for independent artists. Since the 1980s, it has been located near Linnéplatsen in Gothenburg Konstepidemin is a central meeting place for the arts and culture of Gothenburg, with 130 professional practitioners of artistic disciplines, including visual artists and designers, musicians, writers, directors, filmmakers, actors, dancers. Konsepidemin is a catalyst for numerous ideas and thoughts in the fields of visual arts, literature, theater and music.

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Ljiljana Maletin, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2014.

photo @Dragan Vojvodic

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Proza on-line review, 2014.

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Art Magazine, review, 2014.

More info in Serbian language:

Konceptualna knjiga o Geteborgu Ljiljane Maletin Vojvodić

Gothenburg Art Book

Geteborg, Švedska, 2014.

Umetničke knjige su knjige ili instalacije i objekti u formi knjige u čijem stvaranju umetnici zadržavaju visok nivo kontrole, gde je knjiga sama jedan umetnički objekat.      Stephen Bury

Konceptualne umetničke knjige ili knjige o umetnicima  (engl. Artists’ books, art books) upućuju na umetničko delo koje u sebi sintetiše vizuelnu umetnost sa literaturom. Najčešće se objavljuju u malim edicijama ili kao jedan jedini unikatni primerak. Takve knjige (štampane ili ručno izrađene) mogu biti kreirane u različitim formama i veoma često su prezentovane kao objekti ili instalacije. Jedna od najpoznatijih konceptualnih umetničkih knjiga, svakako je Grejpfurt koju je još 1964. godine objavila Joko Ono, dok su se konceptualnom umetnošču, u smislu težnji umetnika da oneobiče predmet umetničkog djelovanja korištenjem netradicionalnih umetničkih postupaka i materijala, kao i težnji da u svojim delima ukinu granice izmedju skulpture, muzike, filma ili literature  na ovim prostorima bavili Slobodan Tišma, Tomislav Gotovac i drugi.

Umetnička knjiga o Geteborgu (Gothenburg Art Book) novosadske autorke Ljiljane Maletin Vojvodić, sastoji se iz 59 stranica – kolaža a dominantni jezički diskurs je engleski, uz nekoliko stranica koje su pisane na švedskom i srpskom jeziku.

Knjiga o Geteborgu, koja svojim naslovom krivo upućuje da je reč o nekakvom turističkom bedekeru o gradu,  nastala je tokom leta 2014. godine, u Geteborgu, kada je autorki dodeljen rezidencijalni boravak u umetničkom centru Konstepidemin. Osnovni podtekst knjige je ideja: uloga umetika u svetu – umetnice sa Balkana suočene sa životom u Švedskoj. Gothenburg Art Book tematizuje probleme egzila, potrage za utočištem, dileme u vezi sa procesom stvaranja, promišljanje o literarnoj recepciji ali i potrebi da se ostane autentičan. U knjizi se mogu uočiti aluzije na savremenu umetničku scenu (literarnu i vizuenu, domaću ali i internacionalnu), aluzije na Čarobni breg Tomasa Mana, Kad su cvetale tikve Dragoslava Mihajlovića, Enciklopediju mrtvih Danila Kiša, Strindberga, Bergmana, Mudisona, Andersona i čitav niz savremenih švedskih umetnika jednako kao i na nivou krokija, inkorporiranih u ličnu mitologiju autorke, promišljanja o Švedskoj i Šveđanima, second-hand retro kuturi, trendu organske ishrane, imigrantima, umetničkom nomadizmu, imagologiji, postkolonijalizmu i traumatičnom dodiru siromašnog Balkana sa jednom državom blagostanja.


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