The Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to present an online exhibition of Ljubodrag Andric’s latest series India, expounding on the artist’s ongoing oeuvre of minimalistic and texturally amplified photographic architectural abstractions. Andric’s masterful sense of place and light, gives breath to works precise in their reductive compositional dialect and lushness of detail. By providing universally recognizable entry points to the work such as walls, steps, windows and other facades, and reducing the image to it’s bare essence Andric invites the viewer to interpret India on a deeply personal and meditative level. As poignantly expressed by writer Mona Zaidi, “The effect of standing before the images immediately brings to mind the Bodhidharma. According to legend, the revered 6th century Indian sage sat in silent meditation before a wall for nine years. For nine years, so it is said, his eyes remained open, gaze fixed upon that wall. And much like the great Buddha before him, the Bodhidharma remained fixed to his immovable spot, swayed by neither desire nor fear. In other words, he had removed from his own middle distance all the worldly forms that lead to desire for object, or fear of subject. All that remained was he, the great stillness of that empty expanse, and, at some measured distance, a wall.”
For thirty plus years, Ljubodrag Andric’s work has revolved around re-contextualizing the urban landscape. Andric who is of Yugoslavian decent, was born in Belgrade, in 1965 to a family of artists – his mother an actress, his father a writer, and his brother a painter. In 1981, at the age of sixteen, photography become his main focus. In 1988, while studying literature in Belgrade, Andric first exhibited at the Modern Art Gallery in Belgrade. The work included in the exhibition addressed the relationship between space and architecture, which has remained at the core of Andric’s visual exploration.
In 2002 Andric relocated to Toronto where he currently lives and works, and in 2005 re-nationalized as a Canadian citizen. Ljubodrag Andric’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Le Locle, Switzerland (2017), the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice (2016), and the Triennale di Milano (2016). In 2016 Skira published Ljubodrag Andric: Works 2008-2016.