A Dream Or…
The description of Croatia’s 2013 National Pavilion states the following: “Through the dreams we create narratives of an arbitrary hierarchy and express the resistance to the image of the world which is conformist and imposed by the society.”
We dreamt that the state withdrew from the financing of culture, that art and culture were no longer considered public needs. We dreamt that the artistic field was given over to private financiers: entrepreneurs in the so-called creative industries and banks which opened new lines of credit intended for artistic activities. We dreamt that the Law on Cultural Institutions, which bound the state and its cities to finance the operation of public institutions, was repealed, which led to mass layoffs for cultural workers. We dreamt that by 2016 the state budget only included archives, libraries, and but a few museums of national importance. We dreamt that the state stopped collecting contemporary art and that artworks were passed into private hands, that public access to artworks was limited, that they were converted into commodities and served solely to generate profit.
Wake up, artists!
(Based on media statements by the Croatian Ministry of Culture government officials during the last few years.)BLOK curatorial collective (Ana Kutlesa, Vesna Vukovic, Ivana Hanacek)