In his paintings and animated films – mostly watercolours with black pigment – RADENKO MILAK analyses the role of contemporary image production in the formation of our historical and cultural memory. The Bosnian artist’s painting work centres on questions relating to how visual elements are fixed and stored – both in personal memories and as presented in the media of film and photography.
The motifs grouped together here deal with the conquering of the world and space by man. After the initial observation stage (camera obscura, observatories) came the gradual conquest of airspace (airships, aeroplanes), before man ultimately ventured into space in the form of unmanned and manned space travel.
As a template for his black-and-white watercolours, RADENKO MILAK chose iconic shots such as Count Zeppelin’s flight over the pyramids of Giza (1931), the start of the unmanned test flight Mercury-Atlas 4 (1961) or the Avrocar “flying saucer” in the NASA Ames Research Center (1961). The series culminated in a selfie being taken on Mars by NASA’s Mars Rover on 23 January 2018.