VARVAROGENIUS – BALKAN INTELLECTUAL FACES

October 13th - 18th, 2017 > Koče Popovića 9

The first solo exhibition of photographs by the author Mia Medaković-Topalović “Varvaroganius – Balkan intellectual faces” will be open at Pro3or Gallery on Friday, October 13th, 2017, starting at 20:30h. The exhibition will be held until Wednesday, October 18th, 2017. Mia Medaković-Topalović, Bachelor of Laws, the creator, and editor of the regional e-journal RYL (Refresh Your Life) lifestyle & mindstyle magazine, which deals with the holistic approach to man, beauty, fashion, art, culture. Exhibition of photographies “Varvarogenius – Balkan intellectual faces” Mia Medaković – Topalović which in its opus represents 46 photographies, of which 23 are portraits of a modern man, who changes his face/image of the Balkans through their action and education, appearance and action.

A man who bears an elitist, intellectual story in the Western Balkan region, Mia resides in the context of the 21st century, present time, and in the environment in which her hero works and creates. The remaining 23 photographs show work in the mirror and facing Varvarogenius with past and present. Leaving the old matrix of their ancestors with a clear statement that the future has already begun. Through the lens, she represents a man who self-shaped into the world of man. The name of the Varvarogenius exhibition comes from Ljubomir Micić, a poet, literal critic, actor and one of the founders of the avant-garde movement Zenithism and founder of the journal Zenit. His original term was “Barbarogenium”. The notion appears in Zenit journal and marks the new-age hero of elemental purity and raw unconquerable masculinity, which has preserved vitality thanks to the tough power of his ancestors, who says that he needs to heal Europe. “My Barbarogenius needs to heal and wake the Balkans,” says the author. “Only the new man from the old-time” Ljubomir Micić, Barbarogenius. After the opening of the exhibition, through the performance, we will unite the countries from Western Balkans into a common bowl, and symbolically plant the oak tree, which was the holiest tree for the old Slavs and the future Barbarogenius.

After opening at Pro3or Gallery, the exhibition will be placed at the lobby of Radisson Blu Old Mill hotel in Belgarde, and it will be open until Oktober 31st, 2017, and then continues the round of Western Balkans.

Author/Photographer: Mia Medaković-Topalović, chief editor of Refresh Your Life/RYL magazine
Curator: Goran Zlatković, photographer