(Dis-)Continuities in Post-Yugoslav Art Space

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, 28 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QB

22nd February from 6.30pm

Contemporary Balkan Art is delighted to present the latest in its Conversations series with Marko Ilic PhD, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at UCL School of South-East European Studies. Marko will be in conversation with Ana Russell-Omaljev PhD, Creative Director of CoBA.

Marko gained a BA in Art History from Cambridge University (2011) before completing both an MA (2012) and PhD (2016) at the Courtauld Institute of Art. This Conversation will explore alternative art production in Yugoslavia between 1968 and 1989 and the continuities and discontinuities with the post-Yugoslav art space. Marko will, in particular, discuss the manner in which Student Cultural Centres encouraged the cross-fertilisation of different cultures and introduced new forms of self-organisation, such as the New Art Practice.

Previous Conversations saw CoBA in discussions with artist Zolt Kovac on how art aspires to change social attitudes, painter Petar Mirkovic on his fascination with the aesthetics of Hollywood cinema, and photographer Jovana Mladenovic on brutalism and the architecture of Yugoslav WWII monuments. Most recently, Professors of Performance and Theatre Marry Richards (Brunel University) and Duska Radosavljevic (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), together with CoBA, dissected Marina Abramovic’s book Walk Through Walls.

Established in 2016, CoBA has hosted several exhibitions in London of modern art from the Balkan region, including Interruption and Point of View at The Library, St Martins Lane; Six Artists of the Balkans at Gallery 106, Fulham, and Heterotopia at Dering Street, Mayfair. Forthcoming COBA project includes ‘South-East European Future Festival’(SEEF) in October in London.