I Do Not Believe Words
sculpture, wood
76 cm x 45 cm x 8,5 cm

The sculpture I Do Not Believe Words belongs to a group of works in which the artist, through a personal and intimate scenography, with a dose of fine irony, interprets the environment in which he lives and creates. By its very title, he evokes the viewer’s associations and literally describes the essence of the work itself in those simple words.

Metaphors and metonymies, rhetorical figures of speech help the author to organize thoughts and feelings in a way that transcends the personal. Although Joksimović’s sculptures radiate with their formal potential, vitality and association, by naming the works he adds a closing, poetic element to his compositions, rounding them off into a solid whole. The titles represent the artist’s loud thinking about the idea and intention of the work of art, but also about the doubts he didn’t manage to resolve completely.

© Cultural Centre of Belgrade, the October Salon Collection and the artist
Purchase Contract: III-5-383/16.11.2016.
Inventory No. 1457
Photograph: Courtesy the artist

Selected Bibliography:
Zdravko Joksimović: Lečenje umetnošću, Nov. 18 – 29, 2017, text by Ivona Fregl, Lucida Gallery, Belgrade, 2017
Zdravko Joksimović: Skulpture i crteži, Apr. 19 – 29, 2013, catalogue for the solo exhibition, RIMA Gallery, Kragujevac, 2013
Zdravko Joksimović, May 2011, catalogue of the solo exhibition, Faculty of Fine Arts, Atelier DADO – Cetinje, Montenegro, 2011


Zdravko Joksimović (1960, Buče, Montenegro) graduated and received a master’s degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, under Professor Nikola Janković. In 1987 he became a member of ULUS (Association of Fine Artists of Serbia) and in 1992, a professor at the Sculpture Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. He is a representative of the art movement known as New Belgrade Sculpture in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Since his first solo exhibition at the Gallery of the Belgrade Youth Centre in 1985, he has presented his work at 40 solo exhibitions in the country and abroad and numerous group exhibitions in Europe. He is a recipient of the Politika Award for the best exhibition in 2016. More information at http://www.zdravkojoksimovic.com/