Serbia

United Colors of Mono-National at the Venice Biennial

As it was carved in stone at the time it was built in 1938, the pavilion JUGOSLAVIA was envisioned to present the cultural achievements of three then officially acknowledged nations – Serbs, Croats, and Slovenians. Its multi-national inception was challenged twice by mono-national presentations – briefly during the fascist occupation when it represented Independent State of Croatia (a vassal Nazi state) in 1942, and then ultimately after the violent demise of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, when along with other former Yugoslav institutions the pavilion was appropriated by the Serbian state.

Within Socialist Yugoslavia (1945-1991) the pavilion became known for its modernist approach that aimed to represent all nations and minorities in Yugoslavia. The subsequent democratic governments of Serbia, today represented by a right wing coalition in power, continued with mono-national politics of display within the field of contemporary art. In the same manner, the current exhibition “There Is Nothing Between Us,” organized by the “trans-national and post-global curator Maja Ciric” does not question the nature of the brutal appropriation of the pavilion. It presents the works by two artists – Milos Tomic and Vladimir Peric-Talent – and examines “the relations between play and game, between art and life.”

Milica Tomić and Jelena Vesić

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Pavilion

Artists:
Vladimir Peric; Miloš Tomić
Curator:
Maja Ciric

Curator

Name:
Maja Ciric
Gender:
Female
Born:
Serbia, 1977
Lives and works in:
Serbia
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Vladimir Peric
Gender:
Male
Born:
Serbia, 1962
Lives and works in:
Serbia
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Miloš Tomić
Gender:
Male
Born:
Serbia, 1976
Lives and works in:
Serbia
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Politics & Economics

State System:
Parliamentary republic
Ruling Political Party:
Coalition of the centre-left Socialist party and the nationalist pro-European Progressive Party of the president.
Population (World Bank, 2011):
7,258,745
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):
$6,312
Net OECD ODA Aid Received (2011):
$596,020,000
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):
$826,000,000

Alliances


International Criminal Court recognized
Non-Aligned Movement

Conflicts

Country independent since:
2006 (division of Serbia and Montenegro)
Last Major Border Revision:
2008 (independence of Kosovo)
International Court of Justice cases:
10
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):
45
Nuclear Force?
No
Ongoing Conflicts and Disputes:
Serbia disputes the independence of Kosovo. Border disputes with Bosnia and Herzegovina along the Drina river.
Participation in Multinational Missons:
UN peacekeeping missions in Cyprus, Haiti, Israel & the Middle East, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liberia, and Western Sahara.