Bojan Šumonja

Bojan Šumonja

Bojan Šumonja presents two paintigs, one of smaller and one of bigger dimensions. In the larger one, we can recognize an agave bush. This great painter shows us the hallmark of the Mediterannean, notwithstanding the fact that the agave is originally from South America and also grows in other parts of the world. The artist uses a noble, deep blue as a backgorund on which the grandiose, exotic plant is displayed. The painting is structured in a way where we interpret the thorns as a threat or aggression. We are faced with the idea of a passing grandiosity facilitated by the fact that the plant dies after blooming, after reaching its apex.

The other presented work paraphrases the idea of globalisation. On location near a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, the artist has spotted a Donald Duck statue, known from the Walt Disney movies. A carricatural rice-eating Donald Duck shows a great influence from the media, a cartoon character from a diametrally different civilisation on the holy ground of a temple witnesses the reality of globalisation. Bojan Šumonja expresses no judgement about this uniformity the world is aimed at, but leaves it to the viewer.