4, 11 and 18 May, 5.30 p.m.
Abstract Socialism. Programme of videos
The Yugoslav Pavilion at the Barcelona International Exposition (1929), the first Croatian work of abstract art (Pafama, 1922), the Palace of the Federation in Belgrade (1961) and some reels of Radio Television Novi Sad from the 1950s, all come to life in the hands of Jasmina Cibic, Søren Thilo Funder and Doplgenger. More than strict historical research, these videos revisit controversial cases that occurred in the Yugoslav context of the interwar years and the Cold War through a process of appropriation, deviation and even deliberate fictionalisation. The aim is to address debates that relate to cultural policies rather than art history: what are and were the uses of artistic practice in respect to politics? And, as for memory, to what extent is it useful to investigate the conditions that should have made possible certain utopias that were never realised?
Jasmina Cibic is a visual artist living between London and Ljubljana, whose work is based on the reinterpretation of Yugoslavia’s political and cultural legacy. Doplgenger is a collective formed by Isidora Ilić and Boško Prostran, two Belgrade artists whose work explores the regimes of visuality and reception of the moving image. Søren Thilo Funder is an artist from Copenhagen whose work explores the disruptive potential of nostalgia and counter-memory.
Jasmina Cibic. The Pavillion, 2015. 6’46’’
Jasmina Cibic. Spielraum: Tear Down and Rebuild, 2015. 15’28’’
Søren Thilo Funder. Nicholas Brady (Target Audience), 2016. 12’13”
Doplgenger. Beneath a Starless Sky and Thick as Ink, 2015. 16 ́20”