GO(L)D BLESS AMERICA

Maja Ilić
September 18th - 28th, 2014

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The exhibition GO(L)D BLESS AMERICA presents the values of the current American society through direct and indirect symbolism, giving the viewer a basic direction by the author, leaving the open space for interpretation based on individual perception of America. Today this perception is visibly changing more than ever through all dimensions, including external (space and time), and internal dimensions (spiritual and moral). The philosophical question is the ability of re-branding modern America with methods more solid than marketing, which is one of the most known American brands.

Maja Ilić was born in 1965, Belgrade. She graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Belgrade, where she worked as an Assistant at the Department of Internal Medicine. She also graduated from the College of Journalism in Belgarde – Section for Photo Reporter. Later on, she graduated in the field of Diplomacy and Internal Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, United States of America.

The first serious interest in photography began in 1986 when she enrolled in the High School of Journalism – Department for Photographers, at the Yugoslav Institute for Journalism in Belgarde, in the class of Tomislav Peternek. Next year, after completing school and gaining the Diploma Photo Reporter, she begins publishing her first photos for the oldest and most famous Serbian newspaper Politika, and soon her photographs are also purchased by the agencies Reuters and Associated Press and in 1990 by French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP). She mainly covered political and sports events and with beginning conflict in the former Yugoslav territories (1990 – 1993), she focused on war photography, where she gained a great reputation at some of the worlds most famous presses – Time, Washington Press, Guardian, Le Figaro, Liberation, Corriere Della Sera, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and many other renowned world magazines.

In mid-1993, she decides to postpone her reporter cameras and passes on the other side of testimony and fate of ordinary people in conflict, this time as a humanitarian worker of the United Nations. She worked mainly on assistance programs to the refuge and displaced people during a war, first in the territory of former Yugoslavia, and later in the other parts of the world.

The first solo exhibition of photographs “NO PRICE TAG”, examines the concept of the human life price, presented through war and political photography – she presented at the O3one Gallery in 2013, Belgrade.

The exhibition “GO(L)D BLESS AMERICA”, a presentation of American values through American symbols, is the second solo exhibition of Maja Ilić.