To facilitate dialogue between works by artist of different generations and preferences in terms of media, and to present a coherent picture of the Balkan region, the selection of works was based on their themes and subjects. In the process, six major themed sections evolved: the state, state or national symbols, ideology revolution, geography, and the art system.
While works most directly comment upon the present political and social reality, analyze the past, or scrutinize the position of the individual in these turbulent times of rapid change, they also possess a timelessness and universality that render them easily translatable into other social and political contexts. Questioning history and ideology and investigating the role and responsibility of the state and national symbols as symbols of identification and potential building blocks if national (and nationalistic) discourses have always been at the heart of the interests, polemics, critiques, and warnings if the artist from the Balkan region.
Extract from the text by Alenka Gregorič, Cold Front From the Balkans exhibition catalogue
Exhibition catalogue: Cold Front From the Balkans
Published by Pera Museum publication 86
Turkish and English language
Alenka Gregorič and Ali Akay
Artists: Maja Bajević, Dimitrije Bašičević – Mangelos, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Yane Calovski & Hristina Ivanoska, Mircea Cantor, Jasmina Cibic, Nemanja Cvijanović, Lana Čmajčanin, Braco Dimitrijević, Goran Djordjević, Vadim Fiškin, Tomislav Gotovac, Ion Grigorescu, Ibro Hasanović, Irwin, Laibach, Vlado Martek, Mladen Miljanović, Ivan Moudov, OHO, Adrian Paci, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Mark Požlep, Kiril Prashkov, Anri Sala, Erzen Shkololli, Sašo Stanojkovik, Mladen Stilinović, Raša Todosijević, Slaven Tolj, Jelena Tomašević, Milica Tomić, Sisley Xhafa, and Katarina Zdjelar
Begum Akkoyunlu Ersoz
Serhat Uyurkulak (Turkish - English)
Cem Akas (English - Turkish)
Tamara M. Soban, Manca Gašperšič (Sloveninan - English)
The catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition Cold Front from the Balkans, held at the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation at Pera Museum, Pera Museum, on 10 November 2016 - 7 May 2017.