EVROVIZION.CROSSING NOVI SAD: EXHIBITION & MAGAZINE

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EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES NOVI SAD (26.11.2021 – 27.02.2022) was an exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), curated by Sanja Kojić Mladenov and Sabina Klemm, organized in Novi Sad in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina and the Goethe-Institut Serbia. The exhibition was part of the Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture program. Following the exhibition in Novi Sad, a new issue of the EVROVIZION magazine was published and co-edited by the curator Sanja Kojić Mladenov and writer Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodić, both based in Novi Sad.

Ivana Ivković, NO ONE IS LOST. EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES, MSUV, Novi Sad © Art Box portal

Curated by Sabina Klemm and Sanja Kojić Mladenov, the collaborative exhibition EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES explored the then-current social and political situation in Europe and the idea of European identity. A project by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES focused on less visible and marginalized geopolitical and cultural spaces, particularly in southeastern and eastern Europe. These were the so-called “semi-peripheries” and “places of diversity” that often played only a minor role in many international theoretical discourses and exhibition practices. In close cooperation with regional protagonists and each local art scene, new artistic projects were added to the exhibition during its tour.

The goal of the exhibition EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES NOVI SAD was to point out the then-current socio-political orders and illuminate the specific impulses of certain places to generate a continuous development of space for dialogue. The exhibition title EVROVIZION is a construct made of similar and yet still different languages – Eurovisione/ Evrovizija/ Евровизия – a fusion of potential unities; a free version of potential togetherness.

„We focused on less visible and marginalised geopolitical and cultural spaces, especially in South-Eastern and Eastern Europe. These are the ‘between’ places, the so-called semi-periphery places, which in many international debates, theoretical debates, and exhibition practices have a subordinate role, but at the same time represent places of diversity and values. Through various artistic positions, the project analyses the system of exclusion, and monopolisation of resources, but also the limitations of perspectives based on imposed privileges. Novi Sad, with the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, as the second stop of the project, is an important historically multicultural place, ECoC 2022, and thus important for questioning the topic of European cultural identity,” said Kojic Mladenov.

Artists Nevin Aladağ, Igor Bošnjak, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Lana Čmajčanin, Johanna Diehl, Petrit Halilaj, Ivana Ivković, Janine Jembere, Vladimir Miladinović, Henrike Naumann, Emilija Škarnulytė, Selma Selman, Slavs and Tatars, and Adnan Softić presented their works at the exhibition. The Novi Sad exhibition was opened by the performance of Ivana Ivković titled NO ONE IS LOST.

EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES, MSUV, Novi Sad  © Art Box portal

The exhibition EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES includes a traveling library, an internet presentation of the project, and a magazine. Therefore, the ‘EVROVIZION.CROSSING NOVI SAD’ is dedicated to the exhibition that took place in Novi Sad. The presentation of the collection of different magazines at the end of the exhibition EVROVIZION.CROSSING SPACES AND STORIES is expected, serving as a specific ‘traveling archive’.

The EVROVIZION.CROSSING NOVI SAD magazine (January 2023), co-edited by the curator Sanja Kojić Mladenov and writer and researcher Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodić, was produced following the exhibition in Novi Sad to provide a comprehensive exploration of the project’s influence on the cultural identity of the city.

EVROVIZION CROSSING NOVI SAD © Art Box portal
EVROVIZION CROSSING NOVI SAD © Art Box portal

Novi Sad (Újvidék, Nový Sad, Neusatz [an der Donau], Neo- planta), the second venue of the EVROVIZION project, holds the title of European Capital of Culture in 2022. Novi Sad is among the first cities outside the European Union to be declared the European Capital of Culture and thus became one of the 60 cities that took this title, fostering the richness of diversity and interculturalism.

The main idea of the ‘4 New Bridges’ programme narrative aims to leave Novi Sad firm legacies that improve the cultural life of the city: new programmes, new processes, involved people (citizens, cultural institutions, associations, organisations, artists), and new spaces for culture. That is exactly why the vision of the project is: ‘The Beginning of New. Now!’

EVROVIZION.CROSSING NOVI SAD magazine © Art Box portal

Project partners: Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad; ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Stuttgart; and Goethe-Institut in Serbia, Belgrade.

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