In search of Balkania

05.10.-01.12.2002 10:00-18:00


Opening: Freitag, 4. Oktober 2002, 19 Uhr
Curated by: Roger Conover, Eda Cufer, Peter Weibel

In Search of Balkania lifts a long overdue ban on the Balkans as a site of intellectual endeavor and cultural desire. Conceived from the outset as a curatorial operation and artistic experience against expectations, this exhibition confronts a subject full of contradictions, to which everyone brings baggage they can't easily drop. This exhibition requires that visitors check their baggage at the door, and allow the content of their own mental suitcases to be disturbed, questioned and de-sensitized before thinking uncritically about their relation to Balkania again.

 

If on one level In Search of Balkania is a rendez-vous with a dented landscape full of used parts and accidental art, where the real still matters and storefront windows resemble surrealist displays, on another level it is a virtual encounter with a symbolic geography that will be the 21st century's most important fold: where East meets West, where Occident becomes Orient, and where none of the old lines and myths about identity, self, nation, and other hold. Indeed, if this exhibition presents a picture different from any picture previously shown in Europe of the Balkans, it is that there is nothing in Europe but the Balkans. Balkania is not a world unto itself, but a mirror onto all selves. To recognize the Balkans is to recognize features and syndromes out of which cities, wars, experiments, ideas and visions are composed.


How is such a world insinuated within the museum environment? Working with over sixty artists encountered during five years of close exchanges in the Balkans, the curators construct a matrix of Balkanic spaces and build a complex of metaphors derived not from the white cube of museum logic, but from the street collisions and market chances of Balkanic knowledge. Some rooms lead to a secret history of the avant-garde, others to a phenomenology of the banal. From the bunkers of Enver Hoxha to the imaginary of the Black Sea, from religious kitsch to urban folklore, and from Croatian Conceptualism to Romanian Dadaism, this exhibition considers the Balkans as a source of culture without which the future of Europe is unimaginable.

 

The exhibition is accompanied by three publications: In Search of Balkania: A User's Manual; Balkanian: A Non-Standard Cultural Dictionary; Balkan as Metaphor: Between Globalization and Fragmentation.

 

 

ALBANIA - BULGARIA - BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - CROATIA - GREECE - KOSOVA - MACEDONIA - ROMANIA - SLOVENIA - TURKEY - YUGOSLAVIA - OTHERS

 

ARTISTS

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ABRAMOVIC MARINA

ADZIEVSKI TOME

ALPTEKIN HÜSEYIN

ALTINDERE HALIL

ASAL SELDA

BOGDANOV GEORGI & MISSIRKOV BORIS

BOYADJIEV LUCHEZAR

BRATESCU GETA

CELAC KIRALY MARCU

CVJETANOVIC BORIS

DELIMAR VLASTA

DIMITRIJEVIC BRACO

DORDEVIC GORAN

ECLIPSE

ERSEN ESRA

GEMISHEVA MARIELA

GOTOVAC TOMISLAV

GRAUR TEODOR

GRIGORESCU ION

HAZIFEJZOVIC JUSUF

IOAN AUGUSTIN & MARGINEANU NICOLAE

IRWIN

IVEKOVIC SANJA

KARAMUSTAFA GÜLSÜN

KESER IVANA

KOVACEVIC MILOMIR

KUNSTHISTORISCHES MAUSOLEUM BELGRAD

KURT&PLASTO

KYRIAKAKOS ATHANASIA

LEKO KRISTINA

MALEVICH KAZIMIR

MANGELOS

MARTEK VLADO

MATIC GORANKA

MOUDOV IVAN

MURTEZAOGLU AYDAN

MUSEUM NIKOLA TESLA

NASKOVSKI ZORAN

OROVEANU MIHAI

OSTOJIC TANJA

PACI ADRIAN

PAPADIMITRIOU MARIA

PELJHAN MARKO

PRASHKOV KIRIL

SALA ANRI

SERAPIONOV KALIN

SHEHU BASKHIM

SHKOLOLLI ERZEN

SOBA (SERIC NEBOJSA)

SOLAKOV NEDKO

SOLOMON ALEXANDRU

STANKOVSKI ALEKSANDAR & SARKANJAC BRANISLAV

STILINOVIC MLADEN

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SVETIEVA ANETA

TODOSIJEVIC RASA

TOMIC MILICA

UJICA ANDREI

VANGELIJ ZANETA

VEKIC DEJAN

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