OPENING: Thursday, May 19th at 19 h
EXHIBITION DURATION: May 19th — 25th May 2016
Ulica slobode 28, Split
OPENING HOURS: Mo — Fr 18 — 21
ABOUT THE WORK
“She went to war because war meant freedom. They have fallen for freedom. Here come the women! Here come the women! We are eager to work and endeavour. Our work is our duty. This is not a fight where the blood is pouring, sweat is now pouring. We go to work with the song. When we work, we just dig in.” 2
One of the most famous and active artists of the younger generation from this area, Adela Jušić, will create a didactic collage Here come the women as part of the cycle of exhibitions NMG@PRAKTIKA. It will be placed on the outer glass of the building of Youth Home in Split. This work is underpinned by research that Andreja Dugandžić and Adela Jušić, as part of the Association for Culture and Arts RED, were working on under the project What has our struggle given us? which resulted in creating online Archive of antifascist struggle of women of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Yugoslavia (http://www.afzarhiv.org).
The work speaks about changes in policy towards women, comparing the period of the beginning of the Second World War, their mobilization into war lines and background battles in which they participated in different ways, and post-war participation of women in building a new state and society, especially in the voluntary work, and a great turnaround in understanding women’s work and contribution to society that is going on in the 50’s of the 20th century, when women were called back to embrace their “natural” roles of mothers, housewives, educators and caregivers again.
Adela Jušić deals with this period and theme for years through her artistic and activist work, because it is a short historical period when women in this region, are entering in the public and political life significantly for the first time, which previously wasn’t possible due to the oppression of a patriarchal society. Such a massive and significant social and political breakthrough has not been repeated to date.
As a part of their visit to Split authors Adela Jušić and Andreja Dugandžić will give a lecture about their work on the project of online Archive, and the exhibition will be accompanied by musical performance of Ilvana Dizdarević.
2 – Narative part of the work is taken from documents stored in Archive of antifascist struggle of women of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Yugoslavia (http://www.afzarhiv.org)
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Adela Jušić was born in 1982 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she lives and works. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo in 2007, and got her MA in Human Rights and Democracy in South East Europe at the Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna in 2013. She is a member and one of the founders of the Association for Culture and Arts RED. She has participated in about 100 international exhibitions, and was awarded the YVAA 2010, Henkel Young Artist Price CEE 2011 and the Special Prize of October Salon 2013. She has participated in numerous residencies for artists (ISCP, New York, i.a.a.b. Basel), and has been the participant of many workshops and panels (London School of Economics, the Royal College of Art, London, etc.)
Andreja Dugandžić was born in 1978 in Sarajevo. She studied Anthropology in Utrecht, and got her MA in Human Rights and Democracy in South East Europe, University of Sarajevo and Bologna in 2004. Over the past decade she has been active in the cultural and art scene in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region as a producer, organizer, artist and activist. In artistic work she flirts with different forms, using narrative as a basic mean of expression. she is one of the founders of RED, where she works since 2010. Together with Ilvana Dizdarević she founded musical duo Black Water and Her Daughter in 2012.
Ilvana Dizdarević / Elle.M was born in 1982 in Sarajevo. For many years she has been experimenting with music and DJ-ing. Her first public appearance was a line up with the Sarajevo progressive feminist group Starke as a part of V-day. Experimenting with the sound of industry, nature, machines and sounds of everyday life, she translates emotion into rhythm, negotiating frequency, color and authenticity of sound with the intensity of public experience. Her performances are determined as minimal, deep, techhouse, but she also experiments with pop, punk and new wave synth pop. In 2012 she and Andreja Dugandžić established duo Black Water and her Daughter.
CURATOR AND TEXT AUTHOR: Natasha Kadin
DESIGN: Nikola Križanac
NMG PROGRAMME CURATORS: Natasha Kadin, Tonči Kranjčević Batalić, Tina Vukasović
EXHIBITION LAYOUT AND DOCUMENTATION: Tihana Mandušić
PHOTOGRAPHS AUTHOR: Almin Zrno
DONORS: Nacionalna zaklada za razvoj civilnog društva, Ministarstvo kulture RH, Zaklada Kultura nova, Grad Split
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: KUM, MKC
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