Antifascism as The Self-Defensive Monument
Conversation with Nemanja Cvijanović and announcement of upcoming book release
Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia
Venerdi' / Friday, 22 April , 2022
alle / at 14.00-15.00
Speakers: Nemanja Cvijanović, Vladan Jeremić and Tevž Logar.
Institutional wellcome: Riccardo Caldura, dir. Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia and Mara Ambrožič Verderber, dir. Obalne galerije Piran / Costal Galleries Piran
The conversation will evolve around Nemanja Cvijanović’s action "The Monument to Red Rijeka – The Self-Defensive Monument", which was realized in 2020 in Rijeka, Croatia and could be understood as a sharp-minded and reflective gesture of agency that undermines the current rise of nationalist violence. This particular action presents a very precise point where the fascist and anti-fascist legacy confront one another and define Cvijanović’s gesture as relationality between society, politics and art. Conversation will be complemented with the announcement of the monographic publication Antifascism as The Self-Defensive Monument, which is a delicate survey on the aforementioned Cvijanović’s action. With a compelling range of contributions by various authors and variety of perspectives, mostly grounded in their relation to anti-fascist, cultural and art historical theoretical discourse, the publication aims to show the narrative of the project from the beginning to the end and how this process reconsiders the status of the artwork and its role within society.
Nemanja Cvijanović was born in 1972 in Rijeka, Croatia (then the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia). He is appointed professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. Along with more than 300 group exhibitions and over 30 solo exhibitions in European, Asian, and American institutes and galleries, Cvijanović was invited to exhibit his works at, among others, the nomadic European biennial of contemporary art Manifesta 9, the Brugge Central city festival, and the International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara, and the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
The bilingual monographic publication "Antifascism as The Self-Defensive Monument" is available for pre-order. It is edited by Tevž Logar and Vladan Jeremić, designed by Mario Aničić and published by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southeast Europe; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka and Piran Coastal Galleries, Piran. Authors of the texts are Ivana Bago, Gal Kirn, Michał Kozłowski, Dragan Markovina, Katarina Peović, Srećko Pulig and Stefano Taccone.
In collaborazione con / In collaboration with:
Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Obalne galerije Piran