The exhibition sets two projects Untitled Monuments and Past, less predictable than the Future in the context of the VZL gallery space. By bringing them in close relation, the exhibition deals with emotional and physical potential of the forgotten, obscured and repressed memory. Notes on Disregarded deals with mechanisms behind forgetting as a result of political maneuver.
Untitled Monuments is made of surplus archive material from the National Museum in Serbia. It brings into view 75 casted copies of vertebras dismissed from the archive. It points at the ambiguous status of human remains and their role in the construction of historical narrative particularly in the context of former Yugoslavia.
Past, less predictable than the Future investigates memorial architecture built in former Yugoslavia between the 1950s and 1980s. The intention of this study is to investigate the models of the commemorating culture and appropriation of it in the post socialist context.
Also on view in Amsterdam:
Resolution 827 at SMBA until 31st of May
exclude/include. Alternate Histories at Castrum Pelegrini until 7th of June
Kristina Benjocki (1984, Zrenjanin, former Yugoslavia) completed her M.A. at the Royal Conservatory and Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (2011). She holds a BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2009) and from the University of Arts, Belgrade (2008). Her practice focuses on the investigation on post-socialist historical and cultural revisionism, and examines political mechanisms of forgetting and remembering, particularly in memorial culture and changes in educational models in the former Yugoslavia. She has presented her work at different venues in the Netherlands and abroad, most currently : This is the Time. This is the record of the Time at AUB Galleries in Beirut, Resolution 827 at SMBA and exclude/include. Alternate Histories at Castrum Pelegrini. Benjocki will be a Van Eyck research fellow starting from September 2015.