11. March 2024

Bojan Zavišin

University of Arts in Belgrade, Faculty of Applied Arts

Erasmus+ Mobility for Studies at:

Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The four-month student mobility at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana was nothing less than a true privilege. From the moment I submitted my application, I was filled with anticipation and excitement, and as the exchange program began, it proceeded to exceed my expectations.

From an academic perspective, this exchange proved invaluable, offering a diverse and enriching educational journey. I engaged in a variety of courses with the expectation of refining my skills in illustration and printmaking, delving into new areas like animation, as well as rediscovering my passion for painting. Guided by knowledgeable and supportive professors, I found myself immersed in a vibrant and productive environment. The atmosphere at the Academy was very open, research and discussion oriented, flexible, and provided space and support for each individual to develop their own projects, as well as be included in the group dynamic. Each course brought a different perspective, while altogether culminating in a cohesive body of work that was presented at the semester exhibition at the Academy. I am also grateful for being included in the extracurricular activities and research excursions of the Illustration course. Our final artworks were later displayed in Gorizia, where we were invited to open the exhibition.

Culturally and socially, my experience in Ljubljana was equally enriching. Immersing myself in the city’s vibrant art scene, visiting museums, galleries, and attending cultural events provided invaluable insights and refreshing creative boost. For me, it was a perfect balance between crowded, but lively Belgrade and the peaceful greenery of my hometown. Especially interesting was interacting with the locals, as well as traveling to neighboring countries, uncovering both similarities and nuances, commonship, language barriers and silly misunderstandings of the languages and cultures so similar and historically connected, but also unique in their own sense. At certain points, sitting in a small cinema watching old Yugoslav movies, I wasn’t sure if I was listening to the audio or reading the subtitles, or knowing which actor spoke which language, or if any of it mattered. On the other hand, connecting with fellow international students, sharing stories of our respective journeys, and finding common ground in the shared experience of being far from home had its own charms.

This mobility proved to be a transformative journey, challenging me to step out of my comfort zone, adapt to new environments, and overcome language and interpersonal barriers. In a blink of an eye, I found myself packing my suitcase with cherished souvenirs, memories, and experiences, and I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the Erasmus+ student exchange.

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