[ARENA] Notícias de Belgrado

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Quinta-Feira, 14 de Fevereiro de 2008 - 15:06:41 WET

Olá a todos

Notícias de Belgrado...

"Exhibition "Exception / Contemporary art scene of Prishtine", that  
was planed to be exhibited in Kontekst Gallery in Cultural Centre  
"Stari Grad" in Belgrade from 7th of February until 15th of February,  
was closed because of police valuation that safety of visitors and  
organizers was jeopardized. Therefore exhibition will not be opened  
in planned terms. During the opening of the exhibition organized  
group stopped opening of the exhibition by violent means and also  
destroyed artistic work "Face to face" by artist Dren Maliqi.

Exhibition "Exception / Contemporary arts scene of Prishtine" was  
exhibited in Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina in Novi Sad, from  
22 nd of January until 5th of February without incidents. Organizers  
of exhibition are organizations "Kontekst" from Belgrade and  
Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies - Napon from Novi  
Sad." [informação dos curadores da exposição: Vida Knezevic, Kristian  
Lukic, Ivana Marjanovic and Gordana Nikolic]

Imagens dos acontecimentos:


O catálogo da exposição:


Marina Grzinic enviou este relato para a Nettime:

Dear all,

Here is a precise EYEWITNESS recount about the exhibition opening  
Contemporary art scene from Prishtina, scheduled to be open on the  
in Belgrade, Kontekst Gallery WAS FORCED TO CLOSE JUST BEFORE THE  

"The situation was that there were massive protests going on outside the
gallery space, the protesters were violent nationalist, the Serbian  
was closing the streets in order to prevent the hooligan mob from  
the gallery (in the same time they also prevented the visitors to  
attend the
exhibition opening so it was mainly media and police in the space).

The violation of the opening was tolerated by the police (the whole  
was full of policemen but they didn't react for around 10min although  
were asked to do so several times). The police was even a protagonist  
in the
action of closing down the exhibition. They were in the gallery all  
day long
when the exhibition was constructed and in informal talks, it turned out
that most of them were in Kosovo themselves (Kosovo war was mainly  
fought by
Serbian police, not by army) and they made remarks like "I'll not defend
this exhibition". After the violation of the opening, some of them  
went into
ideological discussions with the curators. Immediately after the  
they asked the director of the space to sign an agreement not to use the
space in the next days and not to open the exhibition again.

So the police's plan was to prevent the mob from reaching the gallery  
would have meant uncontrolled riots (happened at gay pride in 2001

They wanted the opening to be stopped and the exhibition not to take  
This was a political decision, taken by high political representatives,
supported by almost all political parties and almost all media and
accomplished by ultra-radical forces (obraz
with the help of the Serbian police.

before the exhibition was supposed to be opened in Belgrade a big  
was produced because of the work you can see on page 40 of the catalogue
(http://www.kontekstgalerija.org/pdf_08/odstupanje.pdf), it shows adem
jashari (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adem_Jashari), an UCK-leader  
who is
considered as freedom fighter by Albanians and stylized to a national  
in Kosovo whereas Serbs consider him as a war criminal and terrorist.  
work was destroyed at the opening. But of course all what is going on  
is not
about the work itself - the work is replaceable. It is about the fact  
nationalistic forces in Serbia cant stand that the exhibition shows
contemporary art from Kosovo in which the Kosovarian young generation is
perfectly capable to powerfully formulate their position."

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