EUROPOLY Zagreb – conference, exhibition and film screenings

The series of regional conferences EUROPOLY is a multidisciplinary project realised in collaboration with four independent organisations – Bijeli val (Croatia), Krokodil (Serbia), Crvena (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and BLOCKFREI (Austria). It deals with the topics of migration, primarily from the area of Southeastern Europe to the countries of Central and Western Europe. Its Intention is to research and map the intense social, cultural and artistic influence which this long-term wave of migrations made on the countries of Western Balkans, as well as the countries that mostly represented the final migrant destinations.

Opening on 2 May at 7 pm
2 – 3 May 2017, conference
2 – 11 May 2017, exhibition
4 – 6 May 2017, film screenings
Kulturno informativni centar (KIC)
Preradovićeva 5, Zagreb

The framework and starting point of the project is the art installation EUROPOLY – The European Union Identity Trading Game by the Serbian/Austrian artist Dejan Kaludjerović, which will be exhibited in all four cities. The installation will be on view in Zagreb from 2. – 11. May 2017 in the Cultural Informative Center (Kulturno informativni centar).

The conference in Zagreb (2.-3. May, 19 h), consists of two panels, the first one dedicated to socially engaged art practices critical to the migration and EU cultural policy and the second panel focused on the policies of identity and migration practices on the (non) imaginary Balkan.
Participants of the first panel: Andreja Kulunčić (artist), Tanja Ostojić (artist), Bojan Krištofić (designer and art critic).
Participants of the second panel: Marina Gržinić Mauhler (philosopher, theorist and artist), Marijana Hameršak (scientific associate at the Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb), Viktor Koska (political scientist) and Duško Petrović (anthropologist).

Exhibition program:
The art installation EUROPOLY – The European Union Identity Trading Game
questions the position of the immigrants in EU, general idea behind the EU, as well as the gap between ideals and practice.

As part of the exhibition program, a video installation GUESTures, a long-term project by artist Margareta Kern will be presented. It focuses on the overlooked histories of women migrant workers, reflecting the fragmented nature of memory and narrative, and thinking through the radical potential of an artwork as an archive and a memorial to the unsaid and the unheard.

Film screenings will be held from 4.-6. May in KIC showing eight recent films and cult classics that question the hybrid position of gastarbeiters and migrants in Balkan-European everyday life – from ethnological studies Halo München by Krsto Papić, to the dark humor documentary Dragan Wende – West Berlin by Lena Müller and Dragan von Petrović to the subversive film Montenegro by Dušan Makavejev.

Entry to all events is free!

The first in a series of EUROPOLY conferences was held in Belgrade in April 2017, and the remaining two programs will be held in Sarajevo in September 2017 and in Vienna in December 2017.

A detailed program and more information about the event you will find at: http://blockfrei.org/