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Exhibition on History ▪︎ Darija Petković, Neja Tomšič and Vladimir Živojinović

Tuesday, August 6th

10:00 – 18:00



History is a strange science. In today's world of fast communication and information overload, it seems almost trivial and harmless. For most people, events from the past are always slightly removed from reality and do not have the same impact after years, decades, or centuries have passed. On the other hand, it is clear that every ruling regime seeks to control historical discourses because they are an integral part of the national and cultural identity of a particular group. Therefore, history is always surveilled from above. The victor in a conflict strives to control history in order to be remembered as the winner, and in that process, manipulation of contexts often occurs. This is probably why the boundary between history and mythology is so unclear and indistinct today.

So, history is never completely static and defined. On the contrary, it is quite dynamic and changeable. The current situation can easily transform the perception of the past. Historical revisionism appears in every regime and every zeitgeist; newly formed states strive to create their own historical narratives that are often associated with conflicts, struggles, and sacrifice; the contemporary woke movement calls for a reassessment of traditional historical canons and advocates for a revision of history based on today's ethical standards; increasingly powerful corporations, which now own the majority of media and online communication platforms, create their own history based on their short-term interests, concealing the role of big businesses in turbulent events of the past.

Impartial, objective, and nonlinear historiography can reveal a series of paradoxes that seriously undermine established and idealized heroic narratives. The three artists in the exhibition titled On History, Darija Petković, Neja Tomšič and Vladimir Živojinović, each in their distinctive way, explore historical narratives, but always differently and far from commonly accepted interpretations. They also often deal with hidden episodes of major historical narratives, always looking at them from a critical distance. They question various representations of history and its role in shaping political and public discourses of the present, dealing with specific episodes of local and global history (which are inevitably interconnected). Although their practices are completely different, all three combine image and text to further contextualize the content... (continues)

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