Maja Vukoje

11.12.2009–16.01.2010

Maja Vukoje
Dottore, 2009
acrylic, glitter, rabbit bedding, Kunsthaare, spray on canvas
105 x 105 cm

Maja Vukoje
Diana Ross, 2009
acrylic, spray, glitter, artificial hair on canvas
100 x 80 cm

Maja Vukoje
Supremes, 2009
acrylic, spray, oil on canvas
130 x 120 cm

Maja Vukoje
10 Divas, 2009
oil, acrylic, spray, glitter, artificial hair on canvas

Maja Vukoje
Exhibition View, Galerie Martin Janda , 2009

Maja Vukoje
Cinderella Favela, 2009
cotton, paper, plastic, glitter, sand on canvas
220 x 290 cm

Maja Vukoje
Picnic, 2009
acrylic, glitter, spray on canvas
200 X 220 cm

Maja Vukoje
Astrud Gilberto, 2009
acrylic, spray, oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm

Maja Vukoje
Ohne Titel, 2009
acrylic, glitter, spray on canvas
150 x 160 cm

Maja Vukoje
Exhibition View, Galerie Martin Janda , 2009

Maja Vukoje
Exhibition View, Galerie Martin Janda , 2009

Maja Vukoje
Exhibition View, Galerie Martin Janda , 2009

Maja Vukoje
Ohne Titel, 2009
pencil on paper
29,6 x 20,9 cm

Maja Vukoje
Ohne Titel, 2009
pencil on paper
29,6 x 20,9 cm

Maja Vukoje
Ohne Titel, 2009
pencil on paper
29,6 x 20,9 cm

Maja Vukoje
Ohne Titel, 2009
pencil on paper
29,6 x 20,9 cm

Maja Vukoje
Ohne Titel, 2009
pencil on paper
29,6 x 20,9 cm

Maja Vukoje

Opening: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 7 p.m.
Exhibition runs: December 11, 2009 to January 16, 2010

From December 11, 2009 to 16 January 16, 2010, Galerie Martin Janda is showing new work by Maja Vukoje.

Maja Vukoje’s new paintings address the themes glamour, elegance and (self-)representation. The large-format work Cinderella Favela (2009) depicts a figure in an opulent, pink robe in front of a shack. The ground is covered with litter, the dwelling humble. The person’s body language is proud and self-confident. At the same time she is diaphanous, her representation transparent; she is absent and present in equal degree. Maja Vukoje makes reference to self-dramatization as a socio-political gesture: “The sublime as the antithesis to the profane is a trait of much post-colonial phenomena that fascinates me, such as the artistic metamorphosis seen at the Caribbean Mardi Gras or in Congolese dandies from the slums of Brazzaville.”
10 Divas (2009), a mixed-media work, depicts legendary soul and bolero singers. The paintings explore how the persona is represented in the media, with a focus on gestures, movement and fashion, spanning from the 1960s to the present day. By grappling with “the other”, Vukoje seeks to illuminate the psycho-social function of affectation and an the significance of magic in contemporary image making.

Maja Vukoje, born 1969 in Düsseldorf, childhood in Belgrade, based in Vienna.