Freedom Security Progress, 2015
The spatial installation Freedom Security Progress is activating phenomenological and anthropological relations between language and culture, image and word, photography and light, memory and ideology, history and the present time, all of them in relation to the collective and individual responsibility that makes the reality. Areas of empty or “deconstructed” walls that here are defined by light and through which visitors can walk are used for a presentation of light panels with images. Those illuminated photo documents make visible the names of factories of corporate social ownerships like: Freedom, Security, Progress, Youth. At the same time, the installation contains archive images from the Museum of Yugoslav History that render the spreading of socialist ideas among country’s citizens from their earliest age – ideas of togetherness, of security, of progress, along with two images from the artist’s private archive showing collective visits to the WWII memorials. Photographs were taken in 1981 during the Gatherings of Brotherhood and Unity in Vukovar. In this installation an image turns into space and time shaped by an object of desire: of freedom, security, progress. Those diptychs of enlightened moments of an utopian culture speak about a given time, a character and expectations of the Yugoslav culture. On the other hand, by being horizontally displayed more as objects in space, they activate questions of ephemerality, responsibility, politics and paradoxes of convictions and ideologies that often turn out to be objects of constructed reality.