800973 SE SOLIDARITY IN TIME Non-Aligned Movement and Contemporary Art

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SE SOLIDARITY IN TIME Non-Aligned Movement and Contemporary Art
SE 2

Students will gain insight into the transnational history of the Non Aligned movement from a specific vantage point of contemporary art production. 

They will learn to critically reflect on the relation between politics and contemporary art.

They will learn about the Cold War cultural-political struggles for „souls and minds“ of the people of the world and Non-Aligned Movement‘s intervention into power politics of the two Blocks. 

They will learn to think the present historically, to face the actuality of past struggles, to understand the non-linearity of historical time and not-nowness of the present time.

The students will get an insight into the corpus of contemporary art production that thematizes theories and practices decoloniality, that questions the Western modernist canon and contemporary practices of unlearning the white cultural-political narratives and values (epistemological decolonization).

The course Solidarity in Time approaches politics as processual and continuous struggle that entangles past, present and future. It deals with the images of Non Alignment in contemporary art and artistic reactualisations of the historical decolonial and alter-global positions and practices vis-a-vis contemporary right wing and white supremacist global political turns. It also discusses the dynamics of inequality and difference in nominally progressive historical gestures.

The course will include deep analysis of the works and conversations with the artists: Katarina Zdjelar, Otolith Group, Milica Tomic, Renzo Martens, Marwa Arsanious, Marta Popivoda, Naeem Mohaiemen and many others.

The methods of the course Solidarity in Time encompass different knowledge forms: reading groups, screenings and discussions, thematic lecturing, collective engagement in conversations with guest artists, discussing exhibition history, deep reading of an image, discussing the relationship between the image and its contextual metadata.

Reading and discussing texts, writing short summaries-comments on the artistic works and accompanying debates, participating in public screenings and discussions of the artworks in the Kunstraum Innsbruck.

Khouri, Khristine; Salti, Rasha. Past Disquiet: Artists, International Solidarity and Museums in Exile, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 2017.

Ghouse, Nida; Guevara, Paz; Franke, Anselm; Majaca, Antonia. Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War, HKW and Sternberg Press, 2020.

Piškur, Bojana. Southern Constellations, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, 2017.

Adajania, Nancy. „Globalism before Globalization – The ambivalent fate of Triennale India“, Western Artists and India: Creative Inspirations in Art and Design, 2013

Linke, Armin; Travelling Communiqué Project Group; Eshun, Kodwo; Mende, Doreen; Tomić, Milica. Travelling Communiqué, Spector Books, 2016

Kulić, Vladimir; Stierli, Martino. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia 1948-1980, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018

Enwezor, Okwui; Siegel, Katy; Wilmes, Ulrich. Postwar – Art Between Atlantic and Pacific 1945-1965, HdK and Prestel, 2016.

Sladojević, Ana. "An Anticolonial Museum", in: Europe Now, Decolonizing European Memory Cultures, Ducros, Hélène and Katrin Sieg, eds, CES, 2023. https://www.europenowjournal.org/2023/02/21/an-anticolonial-museum/

Sladojević, Ana. Images of Africa, Non-aligned Modernisms edition, Belgrade: Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, 2016.

Vesić, Jelena; O’Reilly Rachel; Vladimir Jerić Vlidi. On Neutrality: The Letter From Melos, Non Aligned Modernisms edition, Belgrade: Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, 2016.

Vuković, Stevan. Non-aligned Nomos, Non Aligned Modernisms edition, Belgrade: Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, 2016.

Hadouchi, Olivier. Images of Non-Aligned and Tricontinental Struggles, Non Aligned Modernisms edition, Belgrade: Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, 2016.

Kulić, Vladimir. Building Babylon: Architecture, Hospitality, and the Non- Aligned Globalization. Non-Aligned modernisms edition Belgrade: Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, 2015. 

Sekulić, Dubravka. The Non-aligned (Round) Table and its Discontents, Fanzine RISO i prijatelji, 2021

Prashad, Vijay. The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World. New York; London: The New Press, 2008. 

Césaire, Aimé. Discourse on Colonialism. Translated by Joan Pinkham. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2001. 

Jakovina, Tvrtko. ‘Yugoslavia on the International Scene: The Active Coexis- tence of Non-Aligned Yugoslavia’. In Yugoslavia from a Historical Perspective, 461–514. Belgrade: Helsinški odbor za ljudska prava u Srbiji, 2017. 

Fraser, Nancy. ‘Rethinking the Public Sphere: A Contribution to the Critique of Actually Exist- ing Democracy’. Social Text, no. 25/26 (1990): 56–80. 

Ferreira da Silva, Denise. ‘Unpayable Debt: Reading Scenes of Value against the Arrow of Time’. In The Documenta 14 Reader, edited by Documenta, Quinn Latimer, and Adam Szymczyk, 84–112. Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2017. 

Stubbs, Paul. ‘Socialist Yugosla-
via and the Antinomies of the Non- Aligned Movement’. Lefteast (blog), http://www.criticat-ac.ro/lefteast/yugoslavia-antino- mies-non-aligned-movement/. 

The Course will be held in the week from January 15-19, 2024.


Maria-Theresien-Straße 34/Arkadenhof

6020 Innsbruck. Austria


10:00-13:30 COURSE 

January 18, 2024 (Thursday): 18:00 Public event