As a part of the E761 program, Timok Youth Center organized exhibit entitled “The New New Wave/Youth Activism and Pop Culture – 30 Years later (1983 – 2013)”, in the period from March 22th to March 31th 2013. The venues included Radul-Beg Konak and Youth Center Zaječar.
The grand opening of the exhibit took place at the location of Radul-Beg Konak on March 22th.
The opening included the promotion of the magazine LICEULICE (The Face of the Street), which was distributed in Zaječar for the first time.
Afterwards, special music program gathering musicians from various Zaječar Rock bands was prepared at Youth Center Zaječar – The Jam Session entitled ”The Zaječar New Wave Activism”.
The closure of the exhibit was arranged for March 31th in Youth Center Zaječar, with the performance of DJ Focus.
The admittance was free of charge throughout the duration of the exhibit.
The exhibit itself consisted from the selection of 19 works from two regional call proposals within the E761 program with the following themes: “The New New Wave” and “The New Youth Activism”. The documentary part of the exhibit consistsed of works and documents from the mentioned period – courtesy of The Museum of History of Yugoslavia in Belgrade.
The works from the following authors were selected from “The New New Wave” call proposal and displayed as a part of the exhibit: Nenad Aćimović, Marko Stojanović, Uroš Savić, Studio Workhouse, Sanja Lepur, Vladimir Sekulić and Adnan Suljkanović. These works were awarded with the highest marks from the selection jury.
The works from the following authors were selected from “New Youth Activism” call proposal and displayed as a part of the exhibit: Miloš Ćosović, Jana Nenadić, Milica Tasić, Simona Dolinga, Gabriela Bači, Mirjana Jesić, Dimitrije Košarić and Marko Nikolić. These works were awarded with the highest marks from the selection jury.
In co-organization with local partners, the exhibit was arranged in ten cities in Serbia (Užice, Čačak, Zaječar, Požega, Kraljevo and Belgrade) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo, Jablanica, Bihać and Mostar).
The design of visual identity of the exhibition was entrusted to Saša Aleksandar Škorić, an artist and a member of Creative Hub Design Incubator New Spark.
The theme of the exhibit was described through the text of Aleksandar Đerić, the producer of the exhibit.
New Wave as music movement in former SFR Yugoslavia lasted from 1977 to 1983, and is often perceived as the last authentic culture crusade that ascended from joined Yugoslav public domain – geographical determinant progressively refered as Yugosphere (a term conceived by British journalist Tim Judah).
Student and Youth culture organizations, magazines, radio stations, and vast majority of events that involved participation of young people and students, have provided a foundation for creation of unique Youth culture sphere – the likes of which were never seen before in Yugoslavia.
Youth culture was developing on the margins of the society, and has resumed the active role after the breakdown of student protests in 1968. The new generation of rebels that emerged after that occurrence was not interested in existing models of dominating cultures, socialist and/or civic, nor familiar with dissident culture patterns.
New garage and school bands perform new wave hits even at present date and compose music that is inspired by the spirit of that period. We consider that, in the age of mass media, changed culture paradigms, and virtual social networks, the Youth population must resume an active role instead of being humble consumers and passive observers. Based upon the experience of The New Wave movement in Yugoslavia during the eighties, we firmly believe that is possible to initiate new Youth and artistic practices of the countries of Western Balkans that will make considerable contribution to cultural integration of the Region.
Hence, we have asked young designers from the Region to answer the following questions: What is The New Wave today? How should Youth Activism look like today?
Some of the most striking answers are integrated in this exhibit.
The exhibit was financed by The Ministry of Culture and Information of Republic of Serbia and Swiss Culture Program for Western Balkan, Sarajevo.
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