Fiery greetings
Family album
The most beautiful building
Closing celebration
Land of promises
Das ist kunst
  Fiery Greetings, Museum of Yugoslav History, March-April 2015, exhibition view

FIERY GREETINGS exhibition proposes one possible reading of the Yugoslav socialist state, its dominant models and legacy focusing on a representative portratit of a childhood. By researching official archives and presenting them through interventions by contemporary artists coming from the region of the former Yugoslavia, putting the archive materials in an active dialog with the existing and newly produced contemporary artworks dealing with the issues of childhod and collective memory, the project is questioning a possibility of a collective and individual memory of the country that no longer exists.

A starting point of the research were numerous photo-albums president Tito was receiving from Yugoslav schools and children't organizations starting from 1945 until his death in 1980, today part of the Museum of Yugoslav History collection. In many ways, this material shows how the nation represented itself to its leader and testifies about implementation of the counry's founding principles in the daily life of its youth – the real socialist people of the future. The exhibition authors decided to use those fascinating documents as a starting point in the process of rethinking of the construction of the socialist childhood and at the same time of the very principles the Yugoslav state was built upon, its history and its end.


Author of the exhibition: Ana Adamović

Artists: Dušica Dražić, Dejan Kaludjerović, Saša Karalić, Irena Lagator, Mladen Miljanović, Renata Poljak, Dubravka Ugrešić, ŠKART, Ana Adamović.

Producer: Jasmina Petković

Design: Isidora Nikolić

Research collaborator: Radovan Cukić, curator, Museum of Yugoslav History

The project supported by Balkan Trust for Democracy, forumZFD, Austrian Cultural Forum in Belgrade and Ministry of Culture, Republic of Serbia