Irena Lagator Pejović
Irena Lagator Pejović (1976 Yugoslavia) is a visual artist. She holds a PhD in visual art from Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arts in Belgrade. She represented Montenegro with a solo show Image Think at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, in 2013. Other important solo shows include Società a responsabilità limitata, Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull’Arno (2012) and What We Call Real, National Museum of Montenegro (2008). A book about her artistic work, The Society of Unlimited Responsibility. Art as Social Strategy. 2001-2011, was edited at Neue Galerie Graz and published by Buchhandlung Walther König in 2012. She has exhibited internationally since 2000 at exhibitions such as D´une Méditerranée, l´autre – FRAC – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille, France (2017); Normalities, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, NY (2016); Fiery Greetings, Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade / Lothringer13 – Städtische Kunsthalle München (2015); The Sea is My Land – Artisti dal Mediterraneo, MAXXI, Rome/Triennale di Milano Design Museum (2013, 2014); Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013); Disappearances, National Gallery of Iceland (2013); and Untitled (History), 12th Istanbul International Biennial of Contemporary Art, (2011). Her works are included in collections of public institutions such as: FRAC Marseille, France; Villa Pacchiani (PI), Italy; Museum of Contemporary art in Belgrade; and Museum of Money in Belgrade. Among her most important awards are Transforming Memory. The Politics of Images, 24th Nadežda Petrović Memorial, Čačak, Serbia (2007) and Reconstruction, 4th Cetinje International biennial, Montenegro, UNESCO Prize for Visual Arts (2002). She works as an assistant professor at the University of Donja Gorica in the Faculty of Design and Multimedia in Podgorica (Montenegro), and is an active member of the Institute for Contemporary Art in Montenegro (ngo). She lives in Montenegro, in Podgorica and in Cetinje.
Raised during the socialist period of the former Yugoslavia, Irena Lagator Pejović examines two case studies of Yugoslav art and architecture that provide insights into Montenegro’s transition to neoliberalism.