Bigger than Myself. Heroic Voices from ex Yugoslavia

05 May 2021 - 12 September 2021
From Tuesday, 04 May at 05 pm the exhibition will open to the public
MAXXI - The National centre for the Contemporary Art and Architecture
Rome, Italy

Artists: Marina Abramović, Group of Anonymous Artists and Activists, Nika Autor, Maja Bajević, Djordje Balmazović, Jože Barši, Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biederman,Yane Čalovski, Jasmina Cibic, Lana Čmajčanin, Danica Dakić, Vlasta Delimar, Tomislav Gotovac, Igor Grubić, Ibro Hasanović, Ištvan Huzjan, Siniša Ilić, IRWIN, Hristina Ivanoska, Sanja Iveković, Janez Janša, Gjorgje Jovanovik, Adela Jušić, Doruntina Kastrati, Udruženje Kurs, Siniša Labrović, David Maljković, Marko Tadić and Miro Manojlović, Luiza Margan, Dalibor Martinis, Božena Končić Badurina and Duga Mavrinac, Darinka Pop Mitić, Gregor Mobius, Alban Muja, Fatmir Mustafa-Karllo, Vladimir Nikolić, Marko Pogačnik, Marjetica Potrč, Nada Prlja, Tobias Putrih, Lala Raščić, Driton Selmani, Andrej Škufca, Maja Smrekar, Ilija Šoškić, Somer Spat, Mladen Stilinović, Lenka Djorojević and Matej Stupica, Zoran Todorović, Milica Tomić, Anja Medved and Nadja Velušček, Marta Popivoda and Ana Vujanović, Natalija Vujosević, Želimir Žilnik

Curated by Zdenka Badovinac with associate curator Giulia Ferracci

Over 50 artists read the history of the area through the gestures of contemporary heroes, who contributed to the crisis of nationalism, favoring important reflections on the themes of hospitality and coexistence.

The exhibition marks a new chapter in the research dedicated to the Middle East and the Mediterranean area. It illustrates the artistic buzz in former Yugoslavian countries with a specific interpretation key.

Can the Socialist legacy help to recover the concept of the “common good”, in a complex territory that has recently suffered the drama of the Civil War and the rise of nationalism in opposition to the multi-ethnicity that distinguishes it and the economic crisis that has affected the whole of Europe?

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