12 August 2023
Solidarity in Time: Non Aligned Movement and Contemporary Art
Solidarity in time: Non Aligned Movement and Contemporary Art deals with the images of history and artistic returns to anti-colonial and alter-global politics of the Non-Aligned Movement (initiated by five statesmens – Javaharlal Nehru of India, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egipt, Kwame Nkrumak of Ghana, Sukarno of Indonesia and Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia – at the first Summit of NAM taking place in Belgrade in 1961).
The course will overview and concentrate on close reading of contemporary projects dealing with the histories of NAM or using the semantics of the very word of Non-Alignment. Projects like Travelling Communique, Non-Aligned Modernisms, Anticolonial Museum, Southern Constellations; the artworks by Katarina Zdjelar, Otolith Group, Milica Tomić, Vesna Pavlović, Naeem Mohaiemen, Archive of political activist Olja Džuverović etc. will be examined and discussed in details among the attendees of the course by focusing to the dynamics of inequality and difference within the nominally progressive historical gestures.
Non-Aligned Movement‘s intervention into power politics of the two Blocks, will be considered from affirmative and critical perspectives. The project of Non-Aligned was nominally and declaratively created on anti-imperial and anti-colonial political premises, opposing the systems of domination and oppression and offering an alternative form of worldism to contemporary capitalist globalisation. But, the project of Non-Aligned in practice was also race-blind and permeable for internal racisms and oppressions happening within the very member states of the Movement.
Jelena Vesić (PhD) is an independent curator, writer, editor, and lecturer. She is active in publishing, research and exhibition practice that intertwines political theory and contemporary art.
15 participants will be selected to participate in this course. Eligible participants must read the Terms, fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit the application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The course aims to explore how the concept of solidarity in time approaches politics as a processual and continuous struggle that entangles past, present and future. It engages with the questions of how to think the present historically, how to understand non-linearity of historical time and not-nowness of the present time.
At the conclusion of each course, participants will be issued a certificate stating their equivalency of The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits from Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, Kosovo and the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon, France.
EUR 370: Enrollment fee 1 - 370 euros for self-paying students, with the offer of accommodation in student residences.
EUR 0: Enrollment fee 2 - 570 euros for institutionally sponsored students, with the offer of accommodation in student residences.
Special conditions apply for alumni of the Summer School as School.
Scholarships are available for students from Kosovo.
Payment must be made after successful application.