Darinka Pop-Mitić

b. 1975 in Belgrade, Serbia; lives in works in Belgrade, Serbia

The artist’s wall drawing, inspired by legendary American cartoonist George Herriman and his character Krazy Kat, offers a new, tragicomic perspective on the complex history of Austro-Serbian relations in the 20th century since the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.

Herriman’s cat and mouse are engaged in a strange dialectic of seemingly misplaced love (cat) and anger (mouse), and in their absurdist and simple way can be used as an Aesopian template for human relationships in general. Darinka Pop-Miti approximates these characters to sketch out important scenes from the history of the political (and often military) relations between Serbia and Austria.

 

Love Knows No Bounds, 2010 Commissioned mural
Courtesy of the artist
Installation View at the ACFNY
Photo by David Plakke

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