20th Century Heritage
15th - 16th June 2022
The international symposium 20th Century Heritage will be held in the
organization of the Grey Area association in the Korčula town museum on July 15
and 16, 2022. The symposium points to cultural and artistic good practices from
the history of the 20th century and the uniqueness of the island of Korčula as
a model of sustainable island development. Through an interdisciplinary
approach, the symposium examines the cultural and geopolitical context of the
two most significant international gatherings on the island of Korčula, the
Korčula Summer School (1963 - 1974) and the International Artists' Meetings in
Vela Luka (1968 - 1972).
Critical thinkers around Praxis magazine and the Korčula summer school
developed a singular trajectory of humanist Marxism and social analysis in the
context of socialist, self-management and non-aligned Yugoslavia and created a
place for the exchange of critical views between East and West in the Cold War
context. Mislav Žitko analyzes the social antagonisms that were at the centre
of Praxis philosophy, and Paul Stubbs talks about the Yougoslav context,
decoloniality and the Non-Aligned Movement.
Ljiljana Kolešnik shows the development of art colonies in Yugoslavia since the
1950s, and Darko Fritz presents one such colony held in Vela Luka, which was
originally conceived as a colony of fine artists to work in the medium of
mosaics, but through the next two editions an interdisciplinary synthesis of
various artistic disciplines, urban planning, architecture and finally a
multimedia approach that includes mass media and the participation of the local
population. Sculptor Ante Marinović, a participant of the International
Meetings, talks about the Luka mosaic project, as part of which new mosaics
have been produced and installed in the public space of Vela Luka from 2017
until today. Part of the symposium is the discussion Caring for 20th Century
Heritage, in which panellists and participants of the project Who Cares? and
the interested audience, for which free entry is provided.
Sani Sardelić presents the circumstances of the event 100 years since the birth
of Bernardo Bernardi, which is being held in pandemic conditions, and a part of
which is also presented in the City Museum of Korčula. In addition to this
exhibition, as part of the symposium, Željko Badurina's exhibition Two Sunsets
and the VR installation Leonardo's Submarine
by the German artist Hito Steyerl will be presented.
The symposium is part of the project Who Cares? which is carried out in
cooperation with partners from five organizations dedicated to artistic
production from various parts of Europe: Idensitat (Barcelona, Spain), SPACE
(London, United Kingdom), Rupert (Vilnius, Lithuania), Grey Area (Korčula,
Croatia) and Centro Huarte (Navarra, Spain). Partners working on a common
project to explore new ways in which to engage audiences, incorporating care
practices in the infrastructure and programs of their respective organisations.
Who Cares? is led by Centro Huarte as one of the selected projects within the
European Cooperation Projects 2020 call of the Creative Europe program.
The program of the symposium, biographies of the authors and summaries of the
lectures are available at the following link:
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