Effects of Europeanised memory in “artworks as monuments”

Bajec, Manca. 2020. Effects of Europeanised memory in “artworks as monuments”. In: Ana Milosevic and Tamara Trost, eds. Europeanisation and Memory Politics in the Western Balkans. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 121-149. ISBN 9783030546991 [Book Section]

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There has been a significant shift of artistic interest in “dealing” with socio-political dilemmas. In the schematic field that is exploring how art can examine some of the injustices that are occurring worldwide, an overwhelming number of symposia, conferences, projects, research, exhibitions, and books pair up the term “art” with words such as “conflict”, “reconciliation”, “justice”, “politics”, and others. This chapter proposes to examine how the role of artistic practice as a form of monument building can present itself as a relevant format for understanding political and historical shifts occurring in the region of former Yugoslavia. Highlighting the uses of counter-memorial aesthetics as a valid reference to understanding why artworks can be presented as monuments, the chapter provides insight into how these works can offer a new perspective on how the effect of Europeanisation on history and memory is being critically observed by artists.

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Monument, Counter-monumental aesthetics, Europeanised memory, Collective memory, Former Yugoslavia, Contemporary art

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Visual Cultures


16 October 2020Published

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18 Jun 2024 09:53

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18 Jun 2024 09:53



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