The presentation will address the contradictions of commoning in the postsocialist contexts. Suzana Milevska raises the question on the issues such as property, means of reproduction, public space, etc., which were once the dominant paradigm in the socialist countries, how they became so problematic, irrelevant or even ignored.
Different examples from contemporary arts and visual cultures in the Central and South-Eastern Europe will endeavour to a certain deconstruction of the dichotomy "public-private" that in a way incapacitated the importance of commoning. A particular emphasis will be put on the recent urban developments in Skopje and on the governmental urban project "Skopje 2014" which monopolised the public space of the central square in Skopje but at the same time agonised the public sphere and unravelled the conflicts between different communities in Macedonia.
Prof. Dr. Suzana Milevska is a theorist and curator of visual art and culture from Macedonia. Her interests include postcolonial critique of hegemonic power regimes of representation, feminist art and gender theory, participatory and collaborative art practices. She holds a PhD in visual culture from Goldsmiths College London where she taught from 2002-2004. In 2004 Milevska was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at Library of Congress. She taught visual culture and gender at the Gender Studies Institute and history and theory of art at the Faculty of Fine Arts – University Ss. Cyril and Methodius of Skopje. She was one of the co-curators of the International Contemporary Arts Biennale in the National Gallery -Prague 2005 with the project Workers' Club In 2010 she published the book Gender Difference in the Balkans and The Renaming Machine: The Book that summarised her long-term cross-disciplinary project. In 2011 she curated the exhibitions Roma Protocol (Austrian Parliament, Vienna) and Call the Witness (BAK, Uthrecht) and she was the researcher for the Roma Pavilion in Venice. In 2012 Milevska received the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory. In 2013-2015 she was appointed the Endowed Professor for Central and South Eastern European Art Histories at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna.
Tranzitdisplay and Curators & Critics Program
Suzana Milevska: The (Im)possibility of Commoning
Thursday July 17, 2014, at 5PM
Suzana Milevska’s research stay in Prague is supported by Ministry of Culture and City of Prague
Lecture with photodocumentation will be held in English