The Changing Face of Remembrance

Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibition 11 - 28 June 2012 at Centar za kulturnu dekontaminaciju, Belgrade
Organizer: Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst in cooperation with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Belgrade, Centar za kulturnu dekontaminaciju Belgrade, pax christi im Bistum Aachen

The role of monuments is to commemorate a specific event or personage from the past so as to create politically compliant concepts of identity in the present day. While these concepts of identity can divide peoples and foment violence, they can also have a reconciliatory effect and lead to the formation of communities. Following the collapse of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, concepts of identity with an acutely national bias were experienced in the succession states. The photo exhibition “Monumenti” shows how concepts of identity have developed in the countries of the Western Balkans over the course of the 20th century.

Table of Content

Dr Lutz Schrader: Monuments and Politics of Identity in the Western Balkans
Dr Bojana Pejić: Yugoslav Monuments: Art and the Rhetoric of Power Mirjana
Peitler-Selakov: Memorial Art in Serbia from the Balkan Wars until Today Dr Senadin Musabegović: Symbolic Significance of Monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dr Vjeran Pavlaković: Contested Histories and Monumental Pasts: Croatia’s Culture of Remembrancea
Shkëlzen Maliqi: The War of Symbols: Remembrance in Kosovo
Valentino Dimitrovski: Back to the Past: Monuments and Remembrance in Macedonia



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