Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body
Film screening + Artist talk
ENFF On Tour in Utrecht produced by artTrace brings the Dutch premiere of an intriguing documentary YUGOSLAVIA, HOW IDEOLOGY MOVED OUR COLLECTIVE BODY by artist and filmmaker Marta Popivoda. The screening will be followed by a talk with Marta Popivoda and Q&A joined by co-writer and dramaturge Ana Vujanović. Come and join us!
Wednesday 23 January | 19:30 hours
BAK – basis voor actuele kunst
3512 TG Utrecht
Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body is a research-based essay film that deals with the question of how ideology performs itself in public space through mass performances. The author collected and analyzed film and video footage from the period of Yugoslavia (1945 – 2000), focusing state performances (youth work actions, May Day parades, celebrations of the Youth Day, etc.) as well as counter-demonstrations (’68, student and civic demonstrations in the ‘90s, 5th October revolution, etc.). Going back through the images, the film traces how communist ideology was gradually exhausted through the changing relations between the people, ideology, and the state.
This ﬁlm is a very personal perspective on the history of socialist Yugoslavia, its dramatic end, and its recent transformation into a few democratic nation states. Experience of the dissolution of the state, and today’s ‘wild’ capitalist reestablishment of the class system in Serbia are my reasons for going back through the media images / archives and tracing the way one social system changed by performing itself in public space.
Marta Popivoda (Belgrade, SFRJ) is Berlin based filmmaker, video-artist and researcher. Her work explores tensions between memory and history, collective and individual bodies, as well as ideology and everyday life, with a focus on antifascist and feminist potentialities of Yugoslav socialist project. She cherishes collective practice in art making and research, and for several years was part of TkH (Walking Theory) collective, while today she often collaborates with theorist and dramaturge Ana Vujanovic in production of films, video installations and performance. Popivoda’s first feature documentary, Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, premiered at the 63rd Berlinale, and was later screened at great number of international film festivals. Her work has also featured in major art galleries, such as Tate Modern London, MoMA New York, M HKA Antwerp, Museum of Modern Art + MSUM Ljubljana etc. Recently, Popivoda received the prestigious Berlin Art Prize for the visual arts by Akademie der Künste Berlin and Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artist.