"Food in Context":
A Serbian artist, Andrej Tisma, has shown pictures of enjoyment and transience
at two exhibitions, in the Villa Ichon and at the City Library of Bremen.
Firm stuffed peppers next to torn clothes, a platter of roast meat in
contrast with plastic garbage bags, pralines in close proximity to crumbling
mortar. These pairs of Andrej Tisma's photographs could be viewed as a
message about social inequality or they could be understood in a general
way as illustrations of the contrast between light and shadow in human
existence. However, if we leave behind the first impulse of the photographs
and our own reflexive reaction to their narrative contents, other similarities
will strike us. The formation of sweets is similar to the model of putting
together the granite slabs of the pavement, the structure of the grill
finds its equivalent in the waste basket.
Things share similarities much more than one would think at first glance.
They are manifested in different aggregate conditions or, differently
put, in different moments. Decomposition and final disposal of leftovers
is already lurking behind the tempting-looking foodstuffs. Tisma lures
us with the glamorously laid table and then reverts our attention to garbage
and disintegration. Formal binding hides an existential message. Entire
life is aimed at finality and disintegration. "Food in Context",
the title of Tisma's series of photographs exhibited in the Villa Ichon
and at the City Library of Bremen, in the medium of digital prints, is
a continuation of the classical contents of the "Vanitas" still
Kreiszeitung, Syke, October 11, 2011