Država u krevetu. Međunarodna izložba / State Abed. International exhibition

Editor: Natasha Kadin
Publisher: Gallery of Fine Arts, Split
Content: 117 pages
Year: 2014

The exhibition is the final event of the course “Feminisms and social changes in contemporary art practices” at the Academy of Fine Arts University, Split 2012/2013. This course, held by Natasha Kadin, aimed at introducing and mapping the phenomena of feminisms and contemporary feminist art in South-Eastern Europe during the social and political changes over the last four decades, from the social realisms and pioneer new media art in the 1970s through the years of the Yugoslav wars and time of transition, up to today’s neoliberal capitalistic society. The core of the course was the connection and intersection of art and social change during the last forty years, with special emphasis on feminist art and artists from South-Eastern Europe in the global art environment.

Despite recent major research exhibitions such as Gender Check in 2010 (MUMOK, Vienna and Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw) and a growing number of gender-related courses in universities in South-Eastern Europe, the role of feminism and feminist art in contemporary art and society is still not investigated enough. What is needed is a theorization that can capture the post-Socialist environment and its complexities related to the appropriation of the feminist discourse by communist ideology and its evolutions and various versions today. The lectures were rooted both in theoretical and historical discourses, but were focused on contemporary art production and artists.

This publication is available at ERSTE Foundation Library.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.