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Installation with 46 pots of the selected plants | Installation with take-a-way posters and archive photograph from the archive of the Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade...

The Choir focuses on the performative characteristics of the photographic medium and its role within the society of (socialist) spectacle. Slide projection is accompanied by the sound of piano playing the popular song from the socialist period celebrating work, the song that was part of the repertoire of (almost) every school performance around Yugoslavia for years....

There is at least one photograph of a choir in almost every album that Tito ever received from the children of Yugoslavia. Accordingly, the album that the Pioneers and Youths of the Institute for the Education of Deaf Children in Zagreb sent to the President on his birthday in 1962 duly contains a photograph of their school choir. The photograph features 14 children singing onstage, with their conductor in front of them and a banner saying ‘Živio Dan mladosti’ (Long live Youth Day) in the background. This photograph is the starting and visual reference point in Two Choirs....

In the form of participatory art project Family Album is researching family narratives of Roma families living in today's Serbia and Montenegro through their private photo-albums and interviews....

In the form of participatory art project Family Album is researching family narratives of Roma families living in today's Serbia and Montenegro through their private photo-albums and interviews....

As a starting point, curators chose the phenomena of the Youth Day celebrations and it’s closing ceremony – Slet. The concept the exhibition explores is the nature of collective memory and the perception of historical heritage....

In April 1987, Kolibri, the famous children’s choir, held a concert in Kolarac concert hall in Belgrade. On that occasion, former members of the choir present in the audience joined the choir on the stage to perform the last two songs together, which was a unique situation in the choir’s history. One of the songs they were singing was My Country is the Most Beautiful of All. Four years after the concert, a war in Yugoslavia broke up. It was the biggest European conflict after the Second World War with more than 130.000 people killed. 24 years after the concert, 20 years after the beginning of the war in Yugoslavia, some of the former Kolibri members reunited to sing the song once again in the same city, but a completely different country than was in 1987....

The old lady is watching, concentrated, while listening to her own voice, singing one of her most favorite songs from youth. She heard it first back in the 1941. It is on Italian. About the soldier writing to his mother from the front, telling her how much he misses her. How he will never leave her again if he makes it through the war. Her voice, the song, is a tool to recreate the past. Both personal and collective. Her portrait is an image – at the same time personal and universal - of an old age, of memory and leaving....