Wednesday, 28th April, 7-8.30 pm
As a part of TrAIN Open Live Event series, this time co-hosted by the Museum of African Art, Ana Sladojević will talk about:
ANTI/COLONIAL REPRESENTATION AT THE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART – THE VEDA AND DR. ZDRAVKO PEČAR COLLECTION IN BELGRADE
Opened in 1977, the Museum of African Art – the Veda and Dr. Zdravko Pečar Collection in Belgrade, was announced as the only European anticolonial museum. This statement was rooted in the values of solidarity, anticolonialism and anti-racism that were present within the public discourse, tied firmly together in the foreign policy of the Socialist Yugoslavia, and its role in the Non-aligned Movement. However, the decade of 1990s, that contributed to distancing of post-Yugoslav societies from the values of the Socialist Yugoslavia, almost completely erased this discourse from the Museum’s public presentation. From different positions, as a former in-house curator at this Museum in the 2000s, then a PhD researcher, and finally an independent curator and theorist, Ana Sladojević will pinpoint the moments in its institutional life that brought forward some of the most important questions and problems regarding museum representation of “African art”.
ANA SLADOJEVIĆ is an independent curator and art and media theorist. She studied museums as complex objects, whose previous discourses, often inscribed within different unrecognized or “invisible” elements, such as “surplus” of museum production in form of archives, documentation, or study materials, bear influence on how a meaning is formed. She researched these questions particularly within the context of the Museum of African Art – the Veda and Dr. Zdravko Pečar collection, and the Museum of Yugoslavia, with emphasis on certain aspects of these institutions that are related to historical non-alignment. She took part in the following projects: “Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned”, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova/Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana (2019) / Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (2020); “Tito in Africa: Picturing Solidarity”, Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade (2017) / Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford (2018) / Wende Museum, Los Angeles (2019); “NYIMPA KOR NDZIDZI, One Man No Chop, (Re)conceptualisation of the Museum of African Art – the Veda and dr Zdravko Pečar Collection”, MAA, Belgrade (2017-2018); “Non-Aligned Modernisms”, Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade / ERSTE Stiftung (2011-2016)
The lecture is free and open to all, but reservations are required. Please book your place via this link.
The TrAIN Research Centre with the support from the British Society of Aesthetics (BSA) and the Association of Art Historians (AAH) has established the Postsocialism and Arts platform through the project Decolonising the Arts. The project consists of a series of masterclasses by renown scholars in the field have been set as our the priogrammes academic framework and includes Madina Tlostanova, Boris Buden, Maja and Ruben Fawkes, and Ana Sladojevic. The project aims to bring together a community of scholars and practitioners through symposia, workshops and reading groups stemming out of masterclasses. It reflects on the current state of East European postsocialist heritage and its presence at the University of the Arts London, as well as its relation to currently potent decolonial discourse.