"FAQ Serbia" Exhibition

Austrian Cultural Forum NYC

poster for "FAQ Serbia" Exhibition

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With the onset of war in former Yugoslavia, Serbia became perceived by some as a violent and xenophobic nation. International media coverage of the war helped establish stereotypes across the world and within Serbia that inaccurately categorized all Serbs as an intolerant and nationalistic people. As with every stereotype, this oversimplification served as an attempt to construct a difference: to distinguish an other from what we are, how we behave, and what we tend to think of ourselves.

Speaking out on traumatic events the artists in FAQ Serbia share a critical stance toward processes of economic and political transition and refute preconceived notions about a decades-old conflict fueled by irreconcilable stereotypes on all sides. The exhibition reveals the culturalization of the Yugoslav conflict. Marked neither by sentimentalism nor cynicism, it presents the sensitivity of the individual artists - some of whom were directly involved but maintained a critical distance - as a powerful guide to a tumultuous and painful chapter in recent European history.

FAQ Serbia will present a selection of works on loan from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade as well as two new works especially commissioned for this exhibition.

[Image: Biljana Djurdjevic "Synchronized Swimming" oil on canvas]



from September 23, 2010 to October 10, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-09-22 from 18:00 to 20:00
Artist Talk: 5–6pm with Biljana Djurdjević, Uroš Djurić, Johanna Kandl, Marko Lulić, Marko Peljhan, Darinka Pop-Mitić and the curators Branislav Dimitrijević, and Andreas Stadler

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