2 November – 30 November 2017
Škart is an experimental art/design collective founded by Djordje Balmazović and Dragan Protić in 1990 at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade. In Serbian, the word Škart means “trash/reject”, an allusion to the collective’s approach to creative endeavours. Using vernacular languages and low-tech media, Škart’s practice infiltrates the most unconventional settings and often engenders unorthodox, community-based collaborations. Revolving around poetry and the “architecture of the human relationships,” their projects have been developed in several institutions and independent spaces across Europe. Most recently, their work has been presented in exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2016; Galerija Nova, Zagreb, Croatia, 2015; Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade, Serbia, 2015; the Serbian Pavilion, Venice Biennial of Architecture, Italy, 2010.
Belgrade-based collective Škart is set to research the relationship between Singapore and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), excavating the historical, political, and cultural circumstances that framed Singapore’s adhesion to the movement in 1970. In recent years, the artists have been reflecting on the emancipatory potential and radical ideas purported by a movement which actively promoted the process of decolonization by subscribing to principles of cultural equality and mutual respect. Having focused so far mostly on European and South American countries, the residency provides the artists with the opportunity to expand their lines of inquiry into the context of Southeast Asia.
Non-Aligned Movement: New Spaces of Liberty, New Lines of Alliance, New Modes of Creativity
Bojana Piškur (Slovenia), Curator-in-Residence, in conversation with Škart collective (Serbia), Artists-in-Residence
This discussion aims to address ideas, ideals, and principles of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that are relevant today and can be applied to the field of art and culture. The Belgrade-based collective Škart will present their artistic project related to the topic with a specific focus on the context of Singapore, while Bojana Piškur will talk about her long-term curatorial research on NAM’s politics in terms of exhibition-making, networking, and cultural exchange. Looking beyond the complex history of the Movement, the speakers intend to situate NAM’s progressive cultural policies, museum models, and emancipatory utopias in the present mapping out new possible prototypes for today’s art institutions, networks, and cultural politics.
Representing a major disruption in the Cold War geopolitical order, the Non-Aligned Movement was a coalition of small and middle-sized states, mostly former colonies and developing countries from the so-called Third World. Founded in 1961 at the Belgrade summit with 25 participating countries, it grew to encompass almost 100 members in 1979. Singapore became a full-time member in 1970. The Non-Aligned Movement functioned as a third way between the two major power blocs in the Cold War era; it aimed to change existing global structures and create a more just, equal, and peaceful world order. The member states subscribed to principles such as mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-aggression and non-interference in domestic affairs, equality and peaceful co-existence.
The conversation will take place in the artists’ studio.