/ 52 | He beganwritinghis artistic saga fromchildhood, expressinghistalentsthroughdrawing,painting, sculpting,photographing, constructinginstallationsetc.All of that creative potential,datingback25years,waspresentedbymultimedia artistVukVidor through the exhibitionMy 20,000Days On Earth, at the Museum of the City of Belgrade, and in conversation with Elevate he says that he conceived the exhibition as a retrospective. “This exhibition is like a compilation or best of. It has utilised the unique building of the Museum of the City of Belgrade, where on the entire rst oor, through fteen rooms, visitors enter specific stages, projects and expressions that de ne my work. With paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations of a multimedia nature. It progresses from room to room so it’s easy to show or tell a specific story in each one.” You’vealwaysbeeninterestedinmodernart.Whatmovements and artists inspire you? - I was born into that environment. That’s why I have a speci c relationship that goes above and beyond that profession. But what happened in art in the 20th century ismost inspiring tome. Surrealism, Dada and Pop Art, all the way up to the ‘80s. The expression of a painter is the dearest tome, and the individuals who explore their path through that. Howwould you describe your artistic oeuvre? - An artist is simultaneously a lter and a connector, throughhis system he absorbs and emits his version of the answers to eternal questions at that moment. I see that as confronting the world, both the internal and external, and it is in that dichotomy that ideas and expressions crystallise. In the rst case I use drawing andpainting as thebestway toexplore those innerworlds. And thereareno limits to that. In the second case, confronting events and the outside world materialises through installations that represent a response to sociopolitical issues or situations. Does themassnatureofeverythingaroundus inthe21st century bringmore themes for the artist? - It is only technology that changes, while the original questions remain the same. The growing paradox is problematic: we have never had more access to knowledge, yet there is ever less of it in mass or global terms. One has to be very careful and persistent in order to extract the best quality. I don’t knowhowmuch this creates themes for art, but a theme as a reaction to the present certainly exists. What’s your greatest creative success to date? - Success isdoingwhat you’vechosenwithout compromiseand hesitation. That’s a di cult road to take, but it’s the only one possible if you decide to work in art, as that’s not a job but a way of life Whichfamousartistfromthepastwouldyouhavelikedtomeet? - I met many of them while they were alive, but I wish I could have met the painters Egon Schiele, Goya, Bosch… If youweren’t an artist, what would you do for a living? - It would be di cult for me to do something that isn’t creative. I studied architecture, so that would be the rst option, while the second would be lm, the third music. I’ve been consuming lm in huge quantities ever since I’ve known myself. Very little is left that I haven’t seen and that continues every day. Andmusic is ubiquitous in my life; a day without it doesn’t exist. These are also things that I can’t do without. Which city do you consider as your own themost, andwhere are you themost due towork? - All of those of us who’ve lived in several places has a kind of personal mental map of places that are“his”. Parts of Paris, Belgrade, London and all the other cities where I’ve resided createmy personal topography.When it comes towork, those are Paris and Belgrade. But right now the city of my birth is much more inspiring and dearer to me than the one where I grew up, Paris. So, Belgrade is winning for now. ju ista. Problematičan je rastući paradoks: nikad nismo imali lakši pristup znanju, a sve manje ga ima u masovnom ili globalnom smislu. Treba biti vrlo pažljiv i uporan da bi se izvuklo najkvalitetnije. Ne znam koliko to stvara teme za umetnost, ali tema kao reakcija na sadašnjost ima sigurno. Šta je do sada vaš najveći uspeh kao kreativca? – Uspeh je raditi šta ste izabrali, bez kompromisa i oklevanja. To je težakput, ali jedinimogući ako rešiteda sebaviteovim poslom. To nije posao, to je način života. Kojeg slavnog umetnika biste voleli da upoznate iz prošlosti? –Upoznao sammnogonjih, dok su bili živi, a voleo bih da sam mogao da sretnem slikare Egona Šilea, Goju, Boša… Danisteumetnik, čimebiste se bavili? – Teško bih se bavio nečim što nije kreativno. Studirao sam arhitekturu, tako da bi to bila prvaopcija, drugabi bilafilm, treća muzika.Filmkonzumiramuogromnimkoličinamaotkadznamza sebe. Vrlo jemalo jeonoga štonisam video, i to se nastavlja svaki dan. I muzika je sveprisutna u mom životu, ne postoji nijedan dan bez nje. To su stvari bez kojih ne mogu. Koji grad smatrate najviše svojim, a gde ste najviše zbog posla? –Svakoko ježiveounekoliko mesta ima neku svoju mentalnu geografsku mapu mesta koja su njegova.DeloviPariza, Beograda, Londona i svihdrugihgradovau kojima sam boravio stvaraju ličnu topografiju. Što se posla tiče, to su Pariz i Beograd. Ali trenutno mi je moj rodni grad mnogo inspirativniji i draži nego onaj u kojem sam rastao, Pariz, tako da Beograd pobeđuje, zasad.