As part of this exciting project, D.Rad utilises the universal language of art as a means of exploring the concept of ‘Complicating the narrative’, while also engaging with findings from project reports. The collected works culminate in this exciting exhibition of works in Belgrade and Paris. The core concepts of the exhibition are that of complicating violent extremist binary narratives of the other: to disrupt toxic narratives and shine a light on commonalities between, and the complexities of, perceived them-and-us characters, including highlighting shared grievances, but also how the fear of the other feeds not only one’s own imagined cause but paradoxically, the ‘other side’ also.

Complicating the narrative means finding and including the details that don’t fit a coherent narrative – on purpose, and exploring how stories and narratives of the other can unite or divide us. It means exploring common spaces where tensions and harmonies exist simultaneously. Our curated research exhibition aims to get at the slippery, difficult-to-determine characteristics of the binary narrative often portrayed by extremist hate groups, and to challenge the power relations of group identity while offering viewers an opportunity to reflect on the human capacity for pride and humility: the interdependence of involvement and detachment and being able to see oneself from a distance as one might be perceived by others Within understandings of challenging otherness, it is the everyday micro-interactions that occur between individuals that are argued as the underpinnings of belonging. Realising that you find something of yourself in the other, as well as something of the other in yourself, can be a realisation that impacts deeply on our consciousness and outlook for the rest of our lives. Across all sectors of our global world, individuals share common interests: the clothes that we wear, the music we listen to, the movies we watch and the technologies we prefer. We have shared favourite authors, styles of clothing, favourite foods, and hobbies, and far from being situated in simple binary positions, human beings share commonalities in the very ways in which we live our everyday lives.

The exhibition endeavours to compare, negotiate and reflect the self and others – and to challenge the single ‘us-versus-them’ story and unpick the overlapping narratives of individual and shared identity. This has been a journey of collaboration between academics, artists and some community members – whose voices and experiences are narrated and shared within some of these works. The presentation of these varied but connected narratives, portrayed in different formats shines a spotlight on the process of academic and creative engagement with the public, and the results it can deliver inside and outside academia.


Our curator, Dr Maggie Laidlaw worked with six international artists for this exhibition. The artists were invited to respond to the written curatorial framework outlining the nature of the D. Rad project. Their role here was to add richness to the ideas and findings already woven through the research project and to interpret and communicate them to a broad international public. Our artists bring with them biographies and histories that are rich and diverse. With experiences ranging from working with radicalized youth, or arts that are embedded in community engagement, to performance, activist and satirical art, our artists explore, in innovative and creative ways, concepts of belonging (or not belonging) in shared spaces and the ways in which different resources and environments aid or impede the single story/binary narrative.

Our artists capture, in creative forms, facets of our project framework, weaving them into inventive audio-visual journeys foregrounding the everyday narratives of challenging otherness. The final works created by the artists are inspired by, and consist of, concepts of belonging and inclusion within the context and processes of disrupting toxic narratives, while also challenging the symbolic power of negative online imagery – and to make use of these in physical and online public settings for more inclusive purposes. Digital and analogue mediums are specifically chosen to complement one another by linking the time-based elements within each: Histories, futures, processes, and the everyday. Drawing on the understanding that what the artist leaves out is as important as what is presented, their nonliteral and abstract elements allow the viewer to make a connection with the works, making the content more relevant through a shared understanding of lived experiences.

Art and artists are crucial to challenging the boundaries of a society’s established limits. They encourage us to shift the paradigms of our thinking, to reach beyond what we think we know, and to imagine other, albeit sometimes disturbing, ways of being together.

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Alan Stanners was born in 1985, Dundee, Scotland. He did his BA at Glasgow School of Art before moving to London to complete his MA at Goldsmiths from 2012-2014. He continued to live and work in London for several years – during which time he exhibited widely including a solo exhibition at MOT gallery before returning to Glasgow where he is now based. Recent solo and group exhibitions and include: There goes the neighbourhood at Castor Gallery ( London, UK), The Ventriloquists, with Paul Becker at Celine (Glasgow, UK), Galapogos at Pavilion Pavilion (Glasgow, UK), A star is just a memory of a star, Brooke Benington (UK), Paris Internationale with Wschod Gallery (Paris, FR), Fenster Okey Dokey #3, curated by Steven Cairns and Fatima Hellberg, Jan Kaps Gallery, (Cologne, DE), Living Room Pictures, Queens Park Railway Club (Glasgow, UK).


Artist: Alan Stanners


Frances Ryan – Scottish Artist from Denny, Stirlingshire. Frances studied Fine Art, Printmaking at DJCAD Dundee, and an MFA at Edinburgh College of Art and works in collage´ using found images, vintage ephemera, mixed media and mark-making. In this world, saturated with images, Frances believes collage´ brings a focus on exploring and finding hidden narratives within connected histories and shared experiences.


Artist: Frances Ryan


Stefan Lukic (1985 Uzice, Serbia) completed his Master studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts (Painting department, the class of professor Biljana Djurdjevic) in Belgrade, in 2022. He graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade in 2018. He finished his third year of studies in Paris at the Academy of Fine Arts (ENSBA) in 2017. He was resident in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2021 and Homesession Art Space, Barcelona, Spain, in 2021; He finished Masterclass at the Royal Academy (Rijksakademie) Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2019; He participated in the 31st Memorial of Nadezda Petrovic 2022; He was a finalist of the Mangelos Award for Contemporary Art 2021; He won the award for painting at the Faculty of Applied Arts in 2016. He has had several solo exhibitions, of which we point out: “24/7” Gothenburg, Sweden, 2021; “Tram Called Desire – The First Round in Barcelona” Barcelona, Spain, 2021; ,,Second Round in Monte Carlo ”Monte Carlo, Monaco, 2021; “Size does (not) matter”; Catch 22, Belgrade, Serbia, 2021; “As Far, as my legs will carry me”; Dobrinjska 5, Belgrade, Serbia, 2020; Interspace, U10 Art Space, Belgrade, Serbia 2018; “YUGOnostalgia” at the National Theater in Uzice city, 2017; “Face and reverse” at the National Museum in Kragujevac city, Serbia, 2016. He has exhibited in group exhibition in Paris, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis and Kragujevac cities. He currently lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

www.stefanlukic.art | IG: @stefanlukic.art

Artist: Stefan Lukic


Veljko Vučković (1994, Serbia) obtained his master’s degree at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade in the class of professor Nikola Bozovic applied painting department. He is currently a PhD student and a teaching associate at the same faculty.

He has exhibited his works in one hundred and ten group exhibitions in Serbia and abroad and realized sixteen solo exhibitions. He received Momčilo Moma Marković award for the best small format drawing, the third Niš Art Foundation award and praise by the jury at the 14th International Biennial of Miniature Art in Gornji Milanovac, Serbia.

Artist: Veljko Vučković


Emily Brooks Millar is a self-taught visual artist based in Glasgow, Scotland, whose work primarily focuses on British and American political issues. A dark sense of humour and satire are present throughout her work, where an illustrative style sheds light on complex topics. Through paint and animation, her pieces are underpinned by her background in Oral History. As winner of the Neil Rafeek Prize (2022), she translates extensive interviewee discussions into creations for mass audiences. Alongside this, she is heavily inspired by current internet culture, identity and user interaction. Throughout her work, projecting a voice for the voiceless is her main objective.


Lew-C is a non-binary musician and visual artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. Their work discusses ideas around identity and spirituality — told through the medium of camp, character-based music videos. With a background in film composition and musicology, Lew-C is interested in exploring the interplay between sound, symbolism, and self.

Artists: Emily Brooks Millar & Lew-C


Alejandro Scott is a Chilean Writer, Filmmaker, and Photographer. Always curious about stories, Alejandro strives to immerse himself into the experience of others and to find the truest of mediums to convey what being in others’ shoes feels like.

Stevan Tatalovic is a Belgrade poet and author of three books of poetry. In 2017 Ustupanje Mesta (Giving up the place) became an award-winning book that received the national Branko Radičević award. In 2021 the latest poetry book was published by Treći Trg, Malme u afektu (Malmo in affect). His poems are translated into English, Slovenian, French and Greek.