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Curator:Mia David
Institution:Center for Scene Design, Architecture and Technology - OISTAT Centre Serbia, Novi Sad and The Museum of Applied Art Belgrade

Power(less) – Response(ability)

We live in a world of continuous warfare fabricated to increase profit. Ideas such as equality, the right to health care or education exist only in academic papers and in the Occupy movements. Everything else is a constant race for possession: money, material goods, people. Politics has become a business, devoid of all ideological meaning. In this world, the greatest resistance is to be free. Freedom doesn’t lie in ownership. Freedom is the power to disagree. To leave. To speak up. Freedom is a political choice. If you adopt Brecht’s thesis that those who identify themselves as apolitical actually agree on the policies that are implemented over them, then every decision is political, as is artistic performance. Art is a medium of operation. Faced with the significance of art in the 1960s, when it had specific social importance, politics appropriated it by moving it into the field of “freedom”, separating it from other areas of life, creating the belief that freedom from responsibility and consequences would also mean freedom from interference. Today, however, even this minimal freedom is no longer politically acceptable, paradoxically renewing the influence of art on life. This is why the Serbian participation in the 2015 Prague Quadrennial explores the theoretical and practical meaning of politics, as well as its processes.

The Serbian national exhibition at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial is inspired by the position and importance of politics in contemporary society, the relationship that politics establishes to art and culture, and the processes created within this context. The terms are considered in their broadest sense within the context of contemporary art and culture (primarily in theatre and performing arts). The exposition also explores the policies and processes that define the social, political, economic and ideological character of today’s world, and particularly Serbia.

Kafka’s House was consciously selected as the exhibition space, in accordance with the metaphors that he and his work signify today, further complicating the meaning of what will be displayed, performed and exhibited. The artists selected will find themselves out of place; in front of observers, passers-by, an audience, relocated from their personal space. They will rely on each other while working in Kafka’s House – in a public space, before security cameras. The artists will have to learn from each other while attempting to change policies through artistic processes. They will have to examine personal boundaries and reinforce each other. To make art that concerns us. To change a world that does not concern us.

Exhibiting artists / ateliers

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  • Tijana Đuričić (Tijana Djuricic)
  • Ivana Knez
  • Sinisa Ilic (Siniša Ilić)
  • Draško Adžić (Drasko Adzic)
  • Darinka Mihajoivic
  • Oliver Frljić
  • Andrej Nosov
  • Ana Martina Bakić (Ana Martina Bakic)
  • Dalia Dukanac
  • Ivana  Jelić (Ivana Jelic)
  • Tomi Janežič (Tomi Janezic)
  • Katja Legin
  • umetnička grupa Karkatag (Karkatag artist collective)
  • Vladimir Miladinović (Vladimir Miladinovic)
  • Andrija Pavlović (Andrija Pavlovic)
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