Contemporary Balkan Art (CoBA) represents contemporary artists from the Balkan region including Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania & Bosnia. Based in London, CoBA’s mission is to raise the profile of contemporary artists from the Balkan states.
The recent present 'Interruption' at LIBRARY on St Martin’s Lane, showcasing 40 individual works from 16 Balkan artists including paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and graphics. Interruption’s brings the Balkan's rich artistic philosophy to Great Britain, and featured new works by artists from Romania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Bosnia. These rising artist of the contemporary Balkan art scene are currently breaking into the global art market.
The contemporary Balkan art scene is characterized by a common self-reflection, springing from the social conditions which these artists inhabit, with many of the works exploring social commentary and lived experience. From the collapse of Yugoslav socialism in the early 1990s to the present day, contemporary art from the Balkans is characterized by social fragmentation, cultural interruption and economic uncertainty leading to rapid cultural and demographic changes.
Collectively, their work explores abstract humor to counterbalance existential difficulties arising from a multi-faceted national identity. Included in the exhibition there are also artists whose works reflects the humoristic appropriation of codes of popular culture.