The museums participating on the project aim at re-evaluating and rethinking their resources: archives, collections and working methods in order to develop their potentials by creating knowledge and connecting the various types of audiences. The traditional roles of the contemporary art museum are changing: its most important activities are no longer merely storage, studying and exhibiting of artworks, but also an active involvement with the museum’s audience. For this reason, the project will develop combination of exhibitions ans educational programs based on participatory approach, intended for both, the audience and the staff.
Artists: Jasmina Cibic, Doplgenger (Isidora Ilić and Boško Prostran), Isidora Todorović, Zoran Todorović, Saša Rakezić, alijas Aleksandar Zograf.
Curator and concept exhibition: Sanja Kojić Mladenov, Gordana Nikolić.
Support: European Commission – Creative Europe, Pokrajinski sekretarijat za kulturu i javno informisanje, Ministarstvo kulture i informisanja Republike Srbije
Exhibition ARCHIVES AND POWER / ARCHIVES AND POWER examines the concept of archives as accumulated knowledge produced by different types of institutions, as well as other organized structures of society or individuals. Although the archives of "primary sources" carries the label of neutrality, the methodology of accumulation that the archive represent is a design that engages the social, political and technological power. The epistemological role of the archives, as well as their symbolic capital, are proportionate and are situated in the system of power production. Digital technology has spurred a fascinated wave on archives bringing us into a new era of archive fever (Derrida). One extreme of this trend is romanticizing the past and the abolition of political as a part of a deliberate or accidental design memory. The other extreme is the introduction of the current ideological and realpolitik as a way to remember. The relation between memory and archive sets an aporia on the archive fever that says that (do not) forget the archive to remember what’s happened.