International Conference II: Socialist Monuments and Modernism

International Conference II: Socialist Monuments and Modernism
BLOK, MaMa, Zagreb, Croatia
67 November 2015 

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Socialist Monuments and Modernism is a two day inter national symposium addressing the problems of historization of socialist monuments in terms of art history as well as in terms of the history of former socialist countries and emancipatory struggles that inspired Modernism. By bringing together researchers across different fields and disciplines the symposium will address questions of monumental forms and style, spatial planning and commemorative practices that emerge both East and West through the span of the 20th century.

Modernism will be taken as the socio-political base whose (ideological) superstructure the monuments were supposed to be, that is to say, socialism will be understood as a modernist project. By taking modernism not only as a period in art history but as a social(ist) and political practice, differences between memorials in former socialist countries as well as their difference with memorials in the West will be questioned.

Questioning the decay and destruction of socialist monuments after the fall of the Iron curtain and the recent attempts of their valorisation from the position of a materialist history the conference will also address the aesthetic fetishism of Modernism today and attempts at its appropriation into the canon of national arts.

Organized by Lana Lovrenčić, Tihana Pupovac, BLOK.
Moderated by Dafne Berc, Lana Lovrenčić & Tihana Pupovac.

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PROGRAMME

Friday | 6 November 2015

10:00 – 10:30 Introductory speech

10:30 – 13:30 Hero, partisan, worker: Figures of Modernity
Rachel Aumiller – Finding Antigone Amongst Slovenia’s Undead
Tomislav Augustinčić – A People’s Hero, a Monument and the Social Memory. Rade Končar in the midst of Social(ist)/Modernist Projects and Paradigms of Production
Owen Hatherley – Monuments to Glorious Defeat — Socialist Memorial Art in Britain

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch break buffet

15:00 – 18:00 Normalising Socialism
Aneta Vasileva, Emilia Kaleva – Recharging Socialism: Bulgarian Socialist Monuments in XXI. Century
Vlada Kulić – Countering Orientalization
Agata Pyzik – The Afterlife of Red Army Memorials in Poland: International Perspective

18:20 – 19:00 Round table discussion

Saturday | 7 November 2015 

10:00 – 13:00 Spaces of Post-socialism
Romeo Kodra – Architectural Monumentalism in Transitional Albania
Goran Janev – Burdensome Past: Challenging the Socialist Heritage in Macedonia
Iva Grubiša – Who remembers in Trešnjevka? Memorials to Partisan Printing Houses Between Social Memory and Oblivion

13:15 – 14:00 Milan Rakita – Modernizaton Discourse and its Discontents

14:00 – 14:20 Coffee break buffet

14:20 – 15:00 Round table discussion

Detailed conference programme: Socialist Monuments & Modernism
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