2011 NVA Winner: Lazar Bodroža

By the Print staff

Title/Type of Work: Designer and Illustrator
From: Belgrade, Serbia
Lives in: Belgrade, Serbia
Age: 27
Education: Faculty of Applied Arts, Belgrade

There is something of the revolutionary represented in the work of Lazar Bodroža, fitting considering he says he has been mostly influenced by “the legacy of modern art and propaganda that emerged in the period between the two world wars—from propaganda and the beginnings of graphic design and advertising as we know it today to Dadaist collages to constructivists and other avant-garde artists.” All of these origins make their way to the present in Bodroža’s work.

ZAKON project, 2003-2010.

After a time freelancing, Bodroža founded Metaklinika Studio with Nenad Trifunović and Dušan Djordjević. “I feel that it is good that one’s work can communicate on a global level and not lose its personal peculiarity and lucidity. In the case of our studio, this specific quality is reflected in the fact that for many years now, we have managed to balance between applied design and conceptual designer projects that exhibit contemporary artistic tendencies. And, moreover, to make a living out of it in Serbia, no less.”

At Metaklinika, Bodroža is able to indulge not only his love of graphic design and illustration, but film. He is the co-screenwriter and director of an interactive film called ÜBER LIFE, which will be released on DVD later this year. His partners at Metaklinika provided the art direction for the visual effects. This unusual film project on which we embarked functions according to the principle ‘choose your own adventure,’ and although it seems as a fantasy film, it has some rather authentic visual elements.”

Mira Trailovic Exhibition, 2008.

With so many projects underway, you would never guess that this wearer of many hats is still perfecting his work ethic. “In the beginning, my work and my relationship towards it could’ve been described in the following three words: work, disorder, and indiscipline. Now I just need to work a bit on the discipline!”

In the beginning, my work and my relationship towards it could’ve been described in the following three words: work, disorder, and indiscipline. Now I just need to work a bit on the discipline!

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