Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

Representing a divided place: the artistic-military practice of Mladen Miljanović

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James RidingORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage Publications Ltd., 2017.

For re-use rights please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.


This essay on the work of the Bosnian artist Mladen Miljanović, born in Zenica, Yugoslavia, in 1981, is wrought around an account of the divided place in which his art is mobilised. Following a short military term, Miljanović enrolled at the Academy of Arts, in Banja Luka, where he still lives. A potent opposition to a divisive ethno-nationalist politics ever-present in the post-conflict, post-socialist, transition era of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Miljanović deploys what he calls an artistic-military practice. Incorporating cartographic and military surveying techniques learnt at a reserve officer military school, Miljanović deconstructs his own soldierly past and interrogates, through his artistic-military practice, an ethno-nationalist militarised Bosnia-Herzegovina. I focus in the main here on the artist’s recent attempt to represent post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina at the 55th Biennale di Venezia, a granite triptych entitled, The Garden of Delights.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Riding J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cultural Geographies

Year: 2017

Volume: 24

Issue: 1

Pages: 171-180

Print publication date: 01/01/2017

Online publication date: 12/05/2016

Acceptance date: 15/04/2016

Date deposited: 25/09/2019

ISSN (print): 1474-4740

ISSN (electronic): 1477-0881

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/1474474016647372


Altmetrics provided by Altmetric