The installation Silent Night develops on the experience of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his manner of narration in an attempt to translate this experience in the Macedonian context. Bruegel's works are  in fact pioneer genre paintings, embodying the social aspect and observation of the Flemish society.

It is precisely this aspect and treatment that has been taken as the initial point in my effort to incorporate them in the installation focusing on the Macedonian social landscape and fragments from the life of marginalized groups and individuals; their daily afflictions, hatred, rejection, humiliation and derision. 

The work aims not only to provoke and inspire the viewer to think, but rather it has the intention to sensibilize in a desire to speak out about the problems of marginalized groups in our country, problems kept silent or feared to be spoken about publicly. 
In addition, Silent Night reexamines the relation between the images and the suffering as a way to  solve the tensions between the individual and the world by way of a simple, yet painfully confusing gesture.

Gjorgje Jovanovik

Silent Night, installation, drawings and objects, 2014

exhibited on the group show Art of Failure Affective Aliens, National Gallery Mala Small Station, 2014, Skopje, Macedonia