Mrdjan Bajic

Collage and acrylic on paper print 210g

H.73 x W.60,5 cm

H.89,5 x W.76 cm (with frame)


1957 Born in Belgrade (Serbia).

1976/1983 Mrdjan Bajić studies sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade.

1990 He participates in the Venice Biennale and the 8 Sydney Biennale.

From 1990 to 1996 Mrdjan Bajić lives in Paris, at the Cité Internationale des Arts.

Since 1997 He teaches at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade.

2007 He represents Serbia at the 52nd Venice Biennale, during the inauguration of the Pavilion of Serbia as an independent country.

Mrdjan Bajić currently lives in Belgrade. He is a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Libération 2016

Challenger nous avons un problème (Challenger we have a problem)

By Mrdjan Bajic (1957, Serbia)

"The image of this front page is striking because it confronts two totally different universes: a spaceship and the Earth; high technology and the planet; the loneliness of a crew and the billions of human beings that populate the world. The title refers to the Apollo 13 lunar mission, which has been remembered for its failure and the famous "Houston, we have a problem”. That was in 1970. I remember the feeling of empathy for the three astronauts, so vulnerable, that permeated the society at that time. Few events bring the whole world together, and this space adventure is one of them. Its power of attraction is a myth, and creates a shared imagery beyond cultural differences. I wanted to use this common imaginary base to call on as many people as possible to address the ecological crisis. I work a lot on the transformation, and I was marked by the photographs, gleaned on the web, of monstrous vegetables from Fukushima. True or false, these pictures represent horror. From these images, I imagined a globe degrading like a natural product. Threatened of crumbling, it only holds by do-it-yourself, unless it is by the miracle of the human community...! I wanted to move the "problem"from the Apollo 13 mission to that of all mankind. It is no longer a handful of endangered scientists struggling to remove carbon dioxide from their lunar module, but 7 billion people at risk of overheating on a planet that is in terrible shape... I like this ridge line where humor and horror can go hand in hand. There is a play area there that interests me a lot. We know that the astronauts on this mission survived; we also know that the Earth is not as distorted as I depict it. But it is a signal, which calls for personal and collective responsibility. The stakes are universal and terribly topical. »