SMBA: RESOLUTION 827 ~ With: Kristina Benjocki, Lana Čmajčanin and Adela Jušić, Anna Dasović (DAI, 2015), Doplgenger, Saša Karalić, Vladimir Miladinović, Quenton Miller, Charles van Otterdijk, Nikola Radić Lucati

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Image: Anna Dasovic, Before the Fall there was no Fall, 2014. ( Serbian journalist Zoran Petrović holding a tape shot in Sbrenica, research material)


18 April - 31 May 2015

Opening: Saturday, 18 April, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

*Before the opening, at 3:30 p.m., SMBA will stage a panel discussion with most of the contributing artists and the curators.

Resolution 827 is the outcome of collaboration between Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, in the context of Global Collaborations. The title of the exhibition, Resolution 827, refers to the UN resolution that was adopted in 1993 and established the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The point of departure for the exhibition was to find a common denominator in the analysis of the societies of Serbia and other republics of the former Yugoslavia as well as the Netherlands, and to open up the debate on shared sore points, like the genocide in Srebrenica that was subject to ICTY investigation.

The artists involved in this exhibition scrutinize questions of responsibility in each of the societies in question, but their contributions also revolve around the way in which we can relate to the atrocities through the procession of the visual and audio files collected from ICTY and other archives. These artistic proposals point to a lack of public debate on questions of the utmost importance to our societies, such as the resolution of policies of aggression and ethnic cleansing in the case of the former Yugoslavia, and policies of deterrence by presence in the case of the Netherlands. By exposing how these topics, which appear to be locally grounded in each of the societies in question, resonate in one another, we can reflect upon the universalizing potential of social and political taboos.



Public Program
Resolution 827 – Dialogues
Date: Thursday 23 April, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

A panel discussion related to the exhibition Resolution 827 in SMBA will be held in Stedelijk Museum on Thursday, 23 April. This panel brings together artists, theorists, and curators to reflect upon artistic ways to deal with traumatic histories and their correlating visual imagery. What role could art play in resolving a traumatic conflict such as the one that led to the dissolution of Yugoslavia? From what position can artists speak about the (im)possibilities of finding such resolution?
Participants include: Damir Arsenijević (De Montfort University, Leicester), Zoran Erić (MoCA, Belgrade), Jason File (artist and war crimes prosecutor), and Milica Tomić (artist, founding member of Grupa Spomenik / Monument Group and initiator of the project and Working Group “Four Faces of Omarska”). The discussion will be moderated by Arno van Roosmalen (Stroom Den Haag, See You in The Hague).