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Exhibition "The rotten smell is you"

Galerija Podroom, Belgrade
Friday, July 26th
10:00 – 18:00



Kristina Bajilo, Nikola Balberčakova, Sofija Đovanoti, Đejmi Hadrović, Aja Janković, Work group Merlinka (Pavle Banović, Marija Iva Gocić, Lea Rivka Lapiover, Sara Pantović, Kloe Sasi), Milica Mijajlović Živković, Peni Kej, Džesika Stoja, Zuzana Svatik

Curator: Jelisaveta Rapaić

At the exhibition opening, a half-dance lecture performance by Aja Janković will be performed, starting at 7:30 pm

The second presentation of the exhibition The rotten smell is you, realized in collaboration with the Cultural Center of Belgrade, brings certain changes compared to its first realization at Kunsthalle Bratislava (5.9-16.10.2023). Artistic positions are carefully adjusted to include additional geographies and histories, in order to emphasize the void that appears within the local context. The new edition of the exhibition also emerges as a direct response and urgency to react to the growing sympathies and ambiguities related to the rise of right-wing movements in 2024. By exploring and uncovering internal disagreements and generational gaps within the feminist movement, this exhibition explores the essential issue of appropriation by the right wing and mirrored worlds, post-truth and conspiracy theories. Nevertheless, The rotten smell is you constructs a unique narrative, merging different experiences and perspectives to analyze the rift between third and fourth wave feminists, most often observed through the discourse on transgender issues, sex work, and hyper-femininity.

*In her recent book Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World, Naomi Klein defines the term Mirror World to describe our destabilized present full of doppelgängers and confusion; where extreme right-wing movements express declarative solidarity with the working class; AI-generated content blurs the line between real and fake; New Age entrepreneurs turned anti-vaxxers continue to shatter our familiar political allegiance; while many of us project our own carefully curated digital doppelgängers in the realm of social media.

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