History of Art and Architecture

Contemporary Art Practices in Serbia

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

202 Frick Fine Arts Building

Three visitors from Serbia—architect Iva Čukić, art historian Milica Pekić, and photographer Luka Knežević Strika—will discuss their individual work and practices, while also shedding light on Serbia's art community with a particular emphasis on the importance of using culture as a way to raise awareness about key issues currently affecting their country. Their visit to Pittsburgh is sponsored by Arts Excursions Unlimited and the Office of Public Art. They will also talk about the work they have done in Hazelwood with Arts Excursions Unlimited and artist Edith Abeyta.


Iva Čukić, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in urban planning from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Belgrade. Her principal areas of research include: commons, new models of governance, urban transformation, citizen participation, and self-organization. Čukić is a coordinator for the Fund Action platform and a member of the donation board for the Trag Foundation; the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA), European Commons Assembly, European Network Citizens Lab, and KOOPERATIVA. 

Luka Knežević Strika is a photographer, visual artist, and cultural worker. He contributes to various, mostly self-organized, collective practices in the fields of art, public space, and activism. He is one of the founders of Belgrade Raw, an art collective rooted in documentary photography. His works have been shown in galleries and museums in Serbia, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Sweden, and Estonia and are part of the October Salon collection.

Milica Pekić, Ph.D., is an art historian and curator from Belgrade. Her research focuses on avant-garde artistic practice, alternative forms of collective authorship, institutional transformation, and interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art production and art history research. She is the co-founder of KIOSK, a platform for contemporary art; one of the founders of the Association of Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia; and KOOPERATIVA –a platform for culture in South Eastern Europe. 

Presented by the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of History of Art and Architecture in association with Arts Excursions Unlimited and the Office of Public Art