Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, Dario Azzelini & Oliver Ressler, Milijana Babić, Juliana Borinski, Damir Božić - Pišta & Predrag Todorović, Tomislav Brajnović, Claire Fontaine, Nemanja Cvijanović, Lana Čmajčanin, Igor Eškinja, Cesare Pietroiusti & Paul Griffiths, Ferenc Grof, Fokus Grupa, Grupa ABS, Antonio Della Guardia, Ibro Hasanović, Sasha Huber, Ištvan Išt Huzjan, Janez Janša, Janez Janša i Janez Janša, Filip Jovanovski, Vlado Martek, Giovanni Morbin, Ivan Moudov, Ciprian Muresan, Kristina Norman, OPA, Lala Raščić, Societe Realiste, ŠKART & Cactus Network, Slaven Tolj
The exhibition entitled Self-managed interest community in the Cultural Centre of Belgrade presents artists’ practices and productions connected with those of Gallery SIZ and those who gravitate around and towards the artistic scene of the Gallery.
After seven years of work, SIZ Gallery became recognized in the regional and local cultural environment as a space with specific profile regarding visual content and important point of contemporary art productions and practices, both on the local and international maps of centers for contemporary art. The content of SIZ is determined primarily through the works of art which reflect on the social reality and its specific dimensions such as politics, culture, ideology, cultural policy criticizing the dictatorship of the neoliberal capitalism, all forms of the right-wing’s policies, nationalism, chauvinism and revisionism.
On the level of ideas, discussing the art market, SIZ defines itself through the economically discarded but artistically never more relevant model. Collective affiliation of equal individuals made in order to jointly approach the public and the market is the modus operandi as well as the associations name. By emphasizing the collectivistic aspects of the organization, but without strictly outlining financial plans, SIZ, in all its potentiality to shift from the artistic to the economical sphere nevertheless stays an art project.
Self-managed interest community and SIZ gallery was founded in Rijeka in 2009 by the artists: Siniša Labrović, Nemanja Cvijanović, Igor Grubić, Tomislav Brajnović, Milijana Babić, Cesare Pietroisuti, Oliver Ressler, Janez Janša (ex Davide Grassi), Slaven Tolj, art collective ŠKART, group ABS, Club of art lovers and organization Drugo more. From 2009 to 2012 program of the gallery SIZ was runned by Nemanja Cvijanović, while from 2012 it is runned by group Fokus Grupa in cooperation with Nemanja.
Realization and coordination: Cultural Centre of Belgrade
On the occasion of the opening at 8:30 p.m. Giovanni Morbin, Italian Post-Conceptual artist will give a performance under the title Me.
„…suddenly, it became normal once again to be right-wing oriented, flirting unequivocally with fascism. It was like hearing the common cliché:„ …well! After all, they were all fascists at a certain point…,“ the phrase which would kindly tend to normalize a historically aberrant behaviour.
I decided that I wanted to be a fascist as well.
A neutral and empty room. There’s a copy of: „Continuous profile of Mussolini“ (Renato Bertelli, 1933) next to me, on a slender pedestal. I’m sitting in the middle of the room, surrounded by the audience.
I declaim the „Declaration of War“ by Mussolini, by moving the round school chair I’m sitting on as if adjusting the right height and after a few seconds of rotation, I try to get up. Inevitably, I fall down, I get up, I go back to sitting down and start the speech again. The action is stubbornly repeated seven times, like trying to say that I want to achieve something…
…the collective unconscious, the fascist „ego“ that was lying dormant in every Italian, now is emerging again!!!“ Giovanni Morbin
 Speech, 10th June 1940, Rome, Venice Square
 The chair is spinning thanks to the hidden electric motor in the pedestal and is initiated manually.
Giovanni Morbin is a Post-Conceptual artist who makes references to the Italian and world avant-garde and a historically engaged art through performing and visual media by using a visual metalanguage as a means of criticism and political commentary on contemporary society. His formal and clear communication is uncompromising and Morbin is an artist who is performing a debate about the position, role and responsability of the artist in a society of questionable values, in the absence of a political and class consciousness. Giovanni Morbin did four times the performance entitled Me. In 2010 he did it in the Swiss Institute in Rome and gallery Artecambi in Verona. In 2011 Me was presented in Artoteca in Milano and in 2015 in gallery SIZ in Rijeka. The fifth and the last presentation of the performance will be at the opening of the exhibition in the gallery Podroom in Belgrade.
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