The exhibition will include 11 large posters, offering an overview of the main activities and questions raised by the 8 partners of Heroes We Love project and the video film Partisan Songspiel. A Belgrade Story by Chto Delat?.
The video film Partisan Songspiel. A Belgrade Story by Chto Delat? (created by Olga Egorova (Tsaplya), Vladan Jeremić, Rena Raedle and Dmitry Vilensky and produced by Biro Beograd in 2009), presents an analysis of a concrete situation: it begins with a representation of the political oppression – forced evictions of the Roma settlement by the government of the city of Belgrade on the occasion of the summer Universiade Belgrade 2009. It also addresses a more universal political message about the relation of the oppressors and the oppressed: in this case, the city government, war profiteers and business tycoons versus groups of disadvantaged people − factory workers, LGBTQ activists, disabled war veterans, and ethnic minorities. At the same time the film establishes something that the artists call the “horizon of historical consciousness,” which is represented through the choir of “passed away partisans” who comment on the political dialogue between the oppressors and the oppressed.
For Tirana Art Lab it is relevant to show the work Partisan Songspiel. Belgrade Story, at the end of the Heroes We Love project in Tirana, as we think that the work addresses issues substantial to contemporary struggles, political actualities and historical consciousness. This Belgrade Story could as well be a contemporary Tirana Story.
Heroes We Love is a multidisciplinary collaboration project focusing on the socialist legacy in 20th-century European art. It involves various partners from both institutional and non-institutional sectors in Central and Eastern Europe, with an aim of relating contemporary art practices to research and involving the wider public into a reflection on socialist art in its cultural, social, and political context.
Between 2015 and 2017 UGM | Maribor Art Gallery (leading partner); [BLOK], Zagreb; Tirana Art Lab; Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk; Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at BAS, Sofia; Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade; University of Primorska; The Dance Center, Maribor explored the cultural heritage of socialism in ‘New Europe’ and addressed key themes, problems and opportunities of the period. We prepared a series of exhibitions, art interventions in public space, international conferences and workshops.
Heroes We Love. Ideology, Identity and Socialist Art in New Europe was supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.