We are pleased to invite you to attend the opening of the group exhibition “Thrown into the world”, or about the excellence of an uninterrupted artistic creation on Saturday, 1st April, at 7 pm, in the Lucida gallery, 11 Čika Ljubina Street, 1st floor, Belgrade.
“Grosso modo, what remains is an overwhelming impression that the art of the eighties caused (is causing?) a terrible antipathy, that its discourse has never become the official discourse of the public sphere, that it has remained “cons” until today. Although I believe that the “cons” has always been more interesting, for oblivion and ignorance are responsible courses of both politics and cultural policy of the late eighties and nineties, as much as the art criticism itself, and its polyvalent animosities. The intercessors of neo avant-garde did not readily accept it because, due to the frequent insisting on the apparent convention of “image” and even more apparent convention of “sculpture”, it was “non-radical” or even, as it was sometimes stated, “conservative”. It was thought that the art of the eighties was used, as put at one place by a prominent US critic “to behead the art of the sixties and seventies and dispatch it at the waste of history”. However, if it had been conservative, the critics mentioned above would have embraced it. But it was not. The critics thought of it as “the imported product” from “the West”, and “extended hand” of neo avant-garde formed at the Belgrade informal art scene during the seventies of the twentieth century. As such, it had to be dispatched to the waste of history along with the neo avant-garde that had “created” this art at SKC. In a situation where everyone, everybody, every day (and for a variety of good and bad reasons) “throws to the waste of history”, art in general, and the art of the eighties in particular, becomes if not a victim, then certainly a loser in the face of the official cultural history and heritage of our not so ancient civilization past”.
(excerpt from Lidija Merenik’s text for the exhibition catalogue)