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Performances from the opening of The Heritage of 1989. Case Study: The Second Yugoslav Documents Exhibition

Performances by Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Ilija Šoškić and Azra Akšamija, in the frame of the exhibition The Heritage of 1989. Case Study: The Second Yugoslav Documents at Moderna galerija (Ljubjana, Slovenia).

Performances by Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Ilija Šoškić and Azra Akšamija, in the frame of the exhibition The Heritage of 1989. Case Study: The Second Yugoslav Documents at Moderna galerija (Ljubjana, Slovenia).

The Heritage of 1989 / Case Study: The Second Yugoslav Documents presents a re-enactment of the last big art exhibition in Yugoslavia. Titled Yugoslav Documents '89, it was curated by the artists Jusuf Hadžifejzović and Rade Tadić and realized under the auspices of the ZOI '84 Olimpijski centar Skenderija in the 8,000-square-meter Skenderija Center in Sarajevo in 1989.

In our case, the term re-enactment in no way implies a reconstruction; on the contrary, we are mainly interested in highlighting what was absent in the 1989 exhibition, particularly in relation to the exhibition as a whole, its overall concept, and not so much to the individual works. As for its artistic concept, the exhibition was notably heterogeneous and represented the post-modern trends that dominated the period, such as the New Painting, Neo-Geo, the New Informel, the New Sculpture devoted to the deconstruction of modernism, the art of personal poetics, art with almost ethnographic ties to local traditions – all of it, for the most part, without any direct reference to current social issues. In addition, there were works that looked back to the avant-garde traditions, or as Ješa Denegri called them, "the other line". The 1980s heirs of this other line brought to this tradition their own significant innovations, which stemmed from the concrete social and material conditions they were working in, often putting them in a broader context and thus dealing both with the real and reality.

Exhibition The Heritage of 1989. Case Study: The Second Yugoslav Documents Exhibition The 1980s through the Prism of Events, Exhibitions, and Discourses – Part 3

26 April – 17 September 2017 Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Cankarjeva 15 Curated by: Zdenka Badovinac and Bojana Piškur

Posted 27 Apr 2017
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