Radenko Milak studied from 1999 until 2003 at the Academy of Fine Art in Banja Luka and from 2003 until 2007 at the University of Fine Arts in Belgrade. The Museum for Contemporary Art in Belgrade presented his work in 2012 under the title 'And what else did you see? – I couldn't see everything'.
The painterly work of Radenko Milak circles around questions of fixation and recall of the visual presentation in our personal memories and in the visual world of film and photo. He transform in his water colours and oil painting found footage from film, reportages and press into intimate visual scenarios. These small scene might evoke for the viewer the facts and stories behind the images, but can develop at the same time their own pictorial stories, if the historical background has been forgotten or is unknown.
24 times he has painted a press photograph from Ron Haviv taken during the war in Bosnia in 1992 as a small black and white oil study. Always the same scene, trying to look behind the scene, if there is something hidden, some additional, unknown truth, that this dramatic and horrible scene of violence is evoking.
* 1983 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lives and works in Vienna.
Work: Don't Dream Dreams
*1962 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, now Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lives and works in Sarajevo and Düsseldorf, Germany.
Work: Isola Bella
*1948 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, now Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lives and works in Paris.
Work: THIS COULD BE A PLACE OF HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE
*1976 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, now Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lives and works in Sarajevo and Berlin, Germany.
Work: Behind the Scenes I