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Jasmina Tumbas, “I am Jugoslovenka!” Feminist Performance Politics During and After Yugoslav Socialism,

Event Label
Book presentation
Organisational Units
Fine Arts
Location Description
Depot – Kunst und Diskussion
Breite Gasse 3
1070 Wien

A cooperation of the studio for Conceptual Art/IBK and Depot – Kunst und Diskussion Wien.

I am Jugoslovenka (Manchester University Press, 2022) argues that queer-feminist artistic and political resistance were paradoxically enabled by socialist Yugoslavia’s unique history of patriarchy and women’s emancipation. Spanning performance and conceptual art, video works, film and pop music, lesbian activism and press photos of female snipers in the Yugoslav wars, the book analyses feminist resistance in a range of performative actions that manifest the radical embodiment of Yugoslavia’s anti-fascist, transnational and feminist legacies. It covers celebrated and lesser-known artists from the 1970s to today.

In the presentation, we will discuss the book in detail and try to answer the question of how the central thesis of the book co-relates to the genocide in Srebrenica (1995) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. What is to be done?

Taking part:
Marina Grzinic, Professor, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Natasa Mackuljak, PhD in Philosophy candidate, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna/WIENWOCHE
Mirjana Mustra, Student, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Jasmina Tumbas, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo/NY, USA