Alison Jacques is pleased to announce a solo presentation of work by Ljiljana Blaževska (b. 1944, Skopje, Macedonia; d. 2020, Belgrade, Serbia), as part of Spotlight at Frieze Masters, curated by Camille Morineau (co-founder and Research Director of AWARE - Archives of Women Artists, Research, and Exhibitions) and the AWARE team.
Born in 1944, at the tail-end of World War II, in Skopje, now North Macedonia, Blaževska lived through a period of great turmoil. Fascist German and Bulgarian forces had occupied her hometown before it became, in the year of her birth, the capital of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia; a year later it became part of communist Yugoslavia. When that regime collapsed in 1991, civil war ravaged the region for a decade. Throughout Blaževska’s life, she had a horror of interviews, preferring the meaning of her work to remain mysterious. That she survived through years of great censoriousness and state violence makes her reticence understandable: her visual language privileges nuance and subjectivity – not traits associated with totalitarian regimes.