Macedonia

Macedonian State Bodies: Infected Skin as Metaphor for Social Fabric

Whereas the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is still immersed in a conflict with Greece over its official name and ethnic tensions continue to arise between the Slavic and Albanian populations, its representative to the 55th Venice Biennale, Elipda Hadzi-Vasileva, proposes a multimedia representation of the 14th-century plague in Europe. But isn’t this installation, which visualizes a threat to all Europeans equally and which is described by curator Ana Frangovska as “a metaphor of the body’s fragility,” also a precise depiction of the fragility and desire for identity of the Macedonian state as well as a typically Albanian propagandistic representation Macedonians as a “plague”?

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei and Jonas Staal

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Pavilion

Organizer/Commissioner:
National Gallery of Macedonia
Artist:
Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva
Curator:
Ana Frangovska
Budget provided by the state:
€66,000
Open Call?
Yes
Selection procedure:
The government issues an open call for artists, curators and institutes after which a government-assigned committee of artists and curators makes a selection. The 2013 representation is a project proposed by the curator, artist and the National Gallery together.

Curator

Name:
Ana Frangovska
Gender:
Female
Born:
Macedonia, 1978
Lives and works in:
Macedonia
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
3

Artist

Name:
Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva
Gender:
Female
Born:
Macedonia, 1971
Lives and works in:
The United Kingdom
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
2
Represented by galleries in:
Skopje

Politics & Economics

State System:
Parliamentary republic
Ruling Political Party:
Coalition of the centre-right Christian-democratic VMRO-DPMNE and the ethnic Albanian party Democratic Union for Integration.
Population (World Bank, 2011):
2,063,893
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):
$5,058
Unemployment (World Bank, 2011):
31.4% of the labor force
World Bank credit:
$398,210,000
Net OECD ODA Aid Received (2011):
$164,660,000
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):
$132,000,000

Alliances


Coalition of the Willing
World Bank debt
International Criminal Court recognized

Conflicts

Country independent since:
1991 (from Yugoslavia)
Last Major Border Revision:
2008 (demarcation of the Kosovo-Macedonian border)
International Court of Justice cases:
1
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):
80
Nuclear Force?
No
Ongoing Conflicts and Disputes:
Ongoing dispute with Greece over the state name ‘Macedonia.' Political tension resulting in a boycot of parliamentary session by the largest opposition party, The Social-Democrats, from December 2012 to March 2013.
Participation in Multinational Missons:
NATO missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo. UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. EU mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.