Looking for YU

Photo exhibition

An exhibition for Eyes On — Monat der Fotografie Wien

In collaboration with the architecture historians Maroje Mrduljaš and Vladimir Kulić, between 2008 and 2001 Austrian photographer Wolfgang Thaler went in search of the architecture from the period of Socialism in the region of ex-Yugoslavia. The result is a comprehensive documentation of Yugoslavian architecture between 1948 and 1990, which is being published by Jovis Verlag in September 2012 under the title ‘Modernism In-between: The syncretic architectures of socialist Yugoslavia’. The project was shown at the series of Unfinished Modernization conferences in Zagreb, Beograd and Split, and then at the D-0 ARK UNDERGROUND Biennale in Konjic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Wolfgang Thaler’s subtle and atmospheric images of buildings from the entire area of former Yugoslavia provide, for the first time, a comprehensive survey of the fascinating and exceptional wealth of modern and postmodern architecture in the region. They show an architecture that has neither been previously researched nor presented in its entirety. The exhibition project reveals a surprisingly wide diversity of architectural languages that arose in a very heterogeneous cultural and geographic space. ‘Looking for YU’ provides insights into a Socialist society that no longer exists, and one whose achievement must be reappraised taking its unique architectural culture into consideration.

25 October – 12 November 2012,
Opening on Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 7 pm
Architekturzentrum Wien, Hall F3
Opening hours: daily 10am – 7pm, admission free!

Wolfgang Thaler, Maroje Mrduljaš and Vladimir Kulić are available for interviews and will be present at the exhibition opening.

Modernism In-between
The Mediatory Architectures of Socialist Yugoslavia
Wolfgang Thaler, Maroje Mrduljaš, Vladimir Kulić
Published by Jovis Verlag, Berlin, 2012
ISBN 978-3-86859-147-7

© Wolfgang Thaler 2008-2011
technique: colour negative, scan, inkjet, format: 40×40 cm

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