About

Dejan Mrdja is an award-winning artist, practising architect and lecturer.

He is one of the founding directors of Studio SYN, a London-based critical practice that operates in spatial design, art, research and education.  www.studiosyn.co.uk

Dejan’s worldview is shaped by the experience of living though several distinct political and economic systems – capitalism, socialism, democracy, autocracy, transitional systems and living through a period of civil unrest and war. Consequently, Dejan is drawn to questions of power relations, cognition, personal identities and political spaces, extreme social conditions, historical causation, population displacements through geopolitical shifts and impact of technology on the perception of reality.

Dejan’s art practice explores these questions using body actions, repetition, rhythm and mark-making. Through a critical and situated work process and using a range of media, such as drawing, installation, performance and video, Dejan produces powerful and immersive experiences for the participants and the audience. Collaborations with artists, linguists, musicians and architects are crucial for the evolution of his works.

Dejan’s background in architecture offers a structure to his art methodology. He has extensive experience in master planning, urban regeneration, refurbishments, mixed-use, housing and arts & culture projects, which he gained working for a number of design-led architectural offices.

Dejan leads a design studio at BA architecture at Central Saint Martins, London.

He holds an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, London (2017) and a Degree in Architecture Engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia (2006).

Performing Chasing Synchrony 1.0 at Central Saint Martins, 2017, photo by Cat Cubelo
Working with Central Saint Martins’ students of architecture on a pavilion project in February 2016, photo by YK Park