Fiery Greetings Exhibition
Author of the exhibition: Ana Adamović// Artists: Dušica Dražić, Dejan Kaludjerović, Saša Karalić, Irena Lagator, Mladen Miljanović, Renata Poljak, Dubravka Ugrešić, ŠKART, Ana Adamović// Producer: Jasmina Petković// Design: Isidora Nikolić// Research collaborator: Radovan Cukić, curator, Museum of Yugoslav History
Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade, February 28 - April 23, 2015// Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich, September 25 - Decembar 13, 2015
Fiery Greetings exhibition proposes one possible reading of the Yugoslav socialist state, its dominant models and legacy focusing on a representative portratit of a childhood. By researching official archives and presenting them through interventions by contemporary artists coming from the region of the former Yugoslavia, putting the archive materials in an active dialog with the existing and newly produced contemporary artworks dealing with the issues of childhod and collective memory, the project is questioning a possibility of a collective and individual memory of the country that no longer exists.
A starting point of the research were numerous photo-albums president Tito was receiving from Yugoslav schools and children't organizations starting from 1945 until his death in 1980, today part of the Museum of Yugoslav History collection. In many ways, this material shows how the nation represented itself to its leader and testifies about implementation of the counry's founding principles in the daily life of its youth – the real socialist people of the future. The exhibition authors decided to use those fascinating documents as a starting point in the process of rethinking of the construction of the socialist childhood and at the same time of the very principles the Yugoslav state was built upon, its history and its end.