Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 11, 8pm
Talk by Walter Seidl: May 11, 6pm
This exhibition gathers works from some of the most important representatives of Yugoslavian conceptual art, which developed in the late 1950s through performance, printed matter, and photography, and in the 1970s, expanded to include video. This exhibition features works by internationally recognized artists and collectives including Sanja Ivekovic, Katalin Ladik, Neša Paripovic, Raša Todosijevic, and The Gorgona Group, marking the first time many of these important works will be shown in Canada.
This exhibition showcases conceptual art from the former Yugoslavia that takes up performative and conceptual strategies that developed alongside geo-political restraints. Locating the art of the former socialist countries within an international art context draws attention to not only their wide set of practices, but also the dynamic reciprocal connections and dialogues from which these practices sprung. For instance, Croatian artist Sanja Ivekovic's performance Meeting Points, realized at Vancouver's Western Front in 1979, marks the international connections of conceptualism at a time when political borders hindered mutual artistic exchange.
Beyond the phenomena in Eastern Europe, the exhibition reflects the transformed political geographies and the international emergence of conceptual and actionist tendencies that have been developing simultaneously since the late 1960s.