Mińsk: screenings of the film by Marta Popivoda, moderator: Agnieszka Wiśniewska

After the screenings it will be discussions with the author.

On April 6 and 7 in Minsk (Belarus) the platform performative practice ziErnie (non-govermnent cultural iniciative) organises screenings of the film by Marta Popivoda, an artist and video director from Serbia who also comes to Minsk. After the screenings it will be discussions with the author. The moderator is Agnieszka Wisniewska.

Marta Popivoda’s (Belgrade) work explores concerns with the discursive power structure of the contemporary art world as well as with the Yugoslav cultural and political sphere, through the production of films, video installations, photography and performance. Her work is strongly related to the TkH (Walking Theory), a theoretical-artistic platform and journal, where she is a member of the editorial collective. Popivoda is initiator of illegal_cinema (Belgrade, Paris, Bilbao) and artistic director of REZ, contemporary experimental film festival in Belgrade. She studied philosophy, holds BA and an MA in film directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and Meisterschülerin postgraduate degree in experimental film from the Universität der Künste Berlin. For her studies in Germany she received a DAAD scholarship. In 2014 she was selected for Berlinale Talents program by Berlin International Film Festival, and in 2015 she is a recipient of the Berlin Art Prize for the visual arts by Akademie der Künste.

April 6
CECH art space

Yugoslavia, how ideology moved our collective body
a film by Marta Popivoda
Serbia / France / Germany
62 min / 2013

The film deals with the question of how ideology performs itself in public space through mass performances. The author collected and analyzed film and video footage from the period of Yugoslavia (1945 – 2000), focusing on state performances (youth work actions, May Day parades, celebrations of the Youth Day, etc.) as well as counter-demonstrations (’68, student and civic demonstrations in the ‘90s, 5th October revolution, etc.). Going back through the images, the film traces how communist ideology was gradually exhausted through the changing relations between the people, ideology, and the state.

April 7
Contemporary art gallery Y (on the frame of educational project Artes Liberales 2015: Time Code)

Cultural Worker 3 in 1
a film by Marta Popivoda
Serbia / Macedonia
53 min / 2013

Cultural Worker 3 in 1 is a documentary film about the role of the left-oriented independent cultural-artistic scene and cultural workers in the region of ex-Yugoslavia. Following the life and work of several characters in four cities of former Yugoslavia the film explores two issues – what it means to be a cultural worker in post-socialist contexts of Skopje, Belgrade, Zagreb and Ljubljana, and what the possibilities for action and intervention in social reality are, from the position of art and culture. In this way, the film reflects on actual tendencies and problematics at the critical independent cultural scenes, as well as on relations between art, theory and activism, which are strongly present in the region.

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