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SERBIA - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
THURSDAY, SEP 23 2010 - TUESDAY, JAN 11 2011
OPEN DAILY 10AM - 6PM
Serbia - Frequently Asked Questions
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade are pleased to present an exhibition of works by 18 contemporary artists entitled Serbia - Frequently Asked Questions. The artists, many of whom are from Serbia, former Yugoslavia and Austria, reflect on two decades of drama in the Balkans with a special focus on Serbia. The exhibition will be on view from September 23rd to January 11th at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York.
With the onset of war in former Yugoslavia, Serbia became perceived by some as a violent and xenophobic nation. International media coverage of the war helped establish stereotypes across the world and within Serbia that inaccurately categorized all Serbs as an intolerant and nationalistic people. As with every stereotype, this oversimplification served as an attempt to construct a difference: to distinguish an other from what we are, how we behave, and what we tend to think of ourselves.
Speaking out on traumatic events the artists in Serbia - Frequently Asked Questions share a critical stance toward processes of economic and political transition and refute preconceived notions about a decade-old conflict fueled by irreconcilable stereotypes on all sides. The exhibition reveals the culturalization of the Yugoslav conflict. Marked neither by sentimentalism nor cynicism, it presents the sensitivity of the individual artists - some of whom were directly involved but maintained a critical distance - as a powerful guide to a tumultuous and painful chapter in recent European history.
Artists: Biljana DJURDJEVIĆ, Uroš DJURIĆ, Vlatka HORVAT, Johanna KANDL, KUNSTHISTORISCHES MAUSOLEUM, Paul Albert LEITNER, Marko LULIĆ, Ahmet ÖĞÜT, Marko PELJHAN, Dan PERJOVSCHI, Darinka POP-MITIĆ, Anri SALA, Walter STEINACHER, Zoran TODOROVIĆ, Raša TODOSIJEVIĆ, Milica TOMIĆ, Stefanos TSIVOPOULOS, Katarina ZDJELAR.
Curators: Branislav Dimitrijević & Andreas Stadler
”Serbia - Frequently Asked Questions” is an official EUNIC project, and is supported by Fund for an Open Society–Serbia; Open Society Institute; Ministry of Culture of Serbia; General Consulate of Serbia; Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations; Czech Center New York; Harriman Institute at Columbia University; Romanian Cultural Institute; New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and WaxFactory.
Images from the exhibition are available here.