For video artist Zlatko Ćosić, the concept of personal and cultural identity is a continuing evolving one. And he likes it that way.
“Since I lost my country called Yugoslavia, I felt like I don’t belong to any of those other new groups or nationalities, so I rejected all that. And I didn’t want to be labeled or grouped, so I lived with some kind of idea of not belonging,” Ćosić said. “It makes me more global, like belonging everywhere and I like that feeling of not being labeled or belonging to any really negative groups that surround us.”
Ćosić explores this feeling of continually-evolving identity in his exhibition “Still Adjusting,” opening January 25 at UMSL’s Gallery 210. The exhibition includes seven short films and an installation that includes a lot of personal papers, identification and other documents from his time living in war-torn Yugoslavia.
Ćosić left his home country in 1994 to avoid being arrested and returned to forced labor on the front lines. He lived and studied in Belgrade for three years before immigrating to St. Louis.
He has a master’s degree in visual arts from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in video production and interactive digital media from Webster University.
Over the years Ćosić has presented a documentary and 16 short films at Cinema St. Louis' St. Louis International Film Festival and St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.
UMSL's Gallery 210 Presents "Zlatko Ćosić: Still Adjusting"
January 25 - March 22, 2014
Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Opening presentation and reception, January 25 at 4:00 p.m.
Gallery 210, 44 East Drive on the University of Missouri - St. Louis campus
For more information, call 314-516-4997 or visit the University of Missouri - St. Louis website.
Cityscape is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer, hosted by Steve Potter and funded in part by the the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.