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Resolution 827, SMBAProgramme | 18.04.2015
RESOLUTION 827 AT THE STEDELIJK MUSEUM BUREAU AMSTERDAM
April 8 - May 31, 2015
Curators: Jelle Bouwhuis and Joram Kraaijeveld (SMBA) and Zoran Eric (MoCA, Belgrade)
Artists: Kristina Benjocki, Lana Cmajcanin and Adela Jušic, Anna Dasovic, Doplgenger, Saša Karalic, Vladimir Miladinovic, Quenton Miller, Charles van Otterdijk, Nikola Radic Lucati
“Resolution 827" is the outcome of collaboration between Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade in the context of Global Collaborations. The title of the exhibition, “Resolution 827”, refers to the UN resolution that was adopted in 1993 establishing the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).The point of departure for the exhibition was to find a common denominator in the analysis of the societies of Serbia as well as other republics of the former Yugoslavia and the Netherlands, and to open up the debate on shared sore points, like the genocide in Srebrenica, that was subject to ICTY investigation.
The artists involved in this exhibition scrutinize questions of responsibility in each of the societies in question, but their contributions also revolve around the way in which we can relate to the atrocities through the procession of the visual and audio files collected from ICTY and other archives. These artistic proposals point to a lack of public debate on questions of the utmost importance to our societies, such as the resolution of policies of aggression and ethnic cleansing in case of former Yugoslavia, and policies of deterrence by presence in case of the Netherlands. By exposing how these topics that appear to be locally grounded in each of the societies in question resonate in one another, we can reflect upon the universalizing potential of social and political taboos.
Furthermore, the question arises what the economic and political dynamics of the societies in ex-Yugoslavia are, now they are engaged in the process of “normalization” while lacking the capacity or will to resolve the sore points of their recent history. And does the Netherlands also has a role in this process? This exhibition aims to reflect on these questions through research-oriented projects that analyze causes and consequences without assuming a patronizing, didactic or accusatory position. Quite the contrary, these projects open up a niche for public debate on issues that remain to be unresolved, even after more than twenty years.
A panel discussion related to the
exhibition ‘Resolution 827’ in SMBA will be held in Stedelijk Museum on
Thursday 23 April. This panel discussion brings together artists, theorists and
curators to reflect upon artistic
ways to deal with traumatic histories and their correlating visual imagery. Participants include: Damir Arsenijevic (De Montfort University, Leicester), Zoran Eric (MoCA, Belgrade), Jason File (artist and war crimes
prosecutor), and Milica Tomic
(artist, founding member of Grupa Spomenik / Monument Group and initiator of
the project and Working Group Four Faces of Omarska), The discussion will be
moderated by Arno van Roosmalen
(Stroom Den Haag, See You in The Hague).
The group exhibition “Resolution 827” can be considered the second step in institutional collaboration. The Salon, the project space of MoCA, in Belgrade, recently hosted the SMBA exhibition “Zachary Formwalt – Three Exchanges”.
Global Collaborations is a three-year project that aims to generate an informed
and well-balanced overview of developments in contemporary art from a
The project is supported by the
Mondriaan Foundation and Foundation Ammodo.