GRAFFITIED MEMORYSCAPES: An exhibiton on the interrelations between landscapes, memory and graffiti in the post-Yugoslav space
Partner: Universität Rijeka, Center for Advanced Studies for Southeastern Europe (CAS SEE), Institut für Kulturwissenschaften / Unterstützung des Schroubek Fonds Östliches Europa und der Europäischen Kulturhauptstadt Rijeka 2020
The exhibition is based on photos taken over the past decade by four researchers working in the former Yugoslavia: Roswitha Kersten-Pejanić, Vjeran Pavlaković, Eric Ušić, and Kevin Kenjar. Each researcher has analyzed the political sentiments, ascriptions, and statements that are manifested and realized in the form of graffiti and other linguistic and semiotic signs located in the physical landscape. These images of the visual memoryscape from different parts of Croatia and other countries of the former Yugoslavia explicitly depict political conflicts and ideological premises, historical ruptures, and multiple layers of the past, as well as discourses of Othering and relations of in-group vs. out-group identification. Although the authors have approached these visual semiotics from various disciplines, they all share a common fascination with the graffitied memoryscape in this region of contested narratives and complex histories.