AN UNLIKELY BAND: Actopolis Belgrade Group Exhibition

Group discussion at the exhibition opening. Marija Piroški © Goethe-Institut, 2016
Exhibition opening on 18th May, Actopolis Apartment

After a series of Urban Incubator and City Guerrilla activities, Actopolis Apartment hosted yet another eclectic event, a group exhibition featuring an unexpected mix of artists belonging to different generations and social circles: Irena Ristić, Nikola Radić Lucati, Mariela Cvetić, and the U10 Art Collective. Each of the presented projects was drew upon the phenomenon of self-organized initiatives in a different ways.

Art book by Mariela Cvetić. Marija Piroški © Goethe-Institut, 2016

U10, a collective of young art professionals running a popular exhibition space in Belgrade’s city center, chose to show their own multimedia art production as a straightforward, albeit slightly predictable, illustration of self-organized artistic production.

Artwork by U10 collective. Marija Piroški © Goethe-Institut, 2016

Nikola Radić Lucati’s installation ‘Expiration Date’ was formed through his analysis of the incoherence of institutionalized memory, as seen through the example of cultural institutions in Serbia. Plates with textual excerpts portrayed the instability of personal, generationally structured memory, and the economic shifts that engendered the institutional generation of memories that necessarily align with certain political focus and goals.

Dealing with the issue of memory and the perception of space, Mariela Cvetić presented an art book focusing on her personal analysis of the position of self-organized artists in the context of agoraphobia. In the art book, she collected a series of photographs showing floors of the (public) educational institutions.

Iva Kuzmanović presenting her work. Marija Piroški © Goethe-Institut, 2016

Lastly, for the past month Irena Ristić took 10 cultural workers on a journey of hypothesizing about ideal models for self-organized initiatives. She then exhibited the recorded audio materials as a piece entitled ‘Rehearsal’.

The exhibition was rounded out with talks and lecture performances, providing attendees a chance to gain a deeper understanding of artists’ viewpoints, and to discuss possible ideological discrepancies. These particular artists rarely cross paths, and the ACTOPOLIS BELGRADE project provided a truly unique platform for all parties and their somewhat overlapping audiences to get together and engage in a dialogue.

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