National Ballet of Canada’s Aleksandar Antonijevic new photography exhibition
As part of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Berenson Fine Art presents inFORMants, an exhibition of works by Aleksandar Antonijevic.
The exhibition includes 25 colour prints in a limited edition of five each. The imagery reflects the title of the show, which informs, animates and vivifies the human body.
Antonijevic said “I have always been mesmerised by the hidden magic of details and how those details inform the viewer’s perception. Having been a live performer for almost 25 years, I understand the notion of being always on display, feeling a precipice and the darkness that lies ahead. The loudness of silence can be deafening when one is documenting the naked human form.”
Antonijevic was influenced by the form of ancient Greek monumental sculptures, the work of August Rodin and his ability to model the complexity and the elegance of the human figure; and the highly stylized and provocative contemporary photography of Robert Mapplethorpe.
Born in Pozarevac, Yugoslavia in 1969, Antonijevic trained at the National Ballet School in Canada and joined the national company in 1991, where he has been a Principal dancer in 1995. Dealing primarily with the form of the human body, Antonijevic extended his low of dance from the stage to the camera, implementing the same principles of form and space into his passion behind the lens. In his photography, Antonijevic captures the inner conversation of a lone model, to expose the secrets of a landscape, and to explore their meaning and impact on the viewer.