BCC 5 — The Forward Issue
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THE FORWARD ISSUE
It has been twenty years since the break up of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia and this issue of BCC magazine gives space to artists that matured since and that have taken it up (the break up and/or Yugoslavia) as a subject.
A major element of a critical analysis of the present is re-unearthing the past and a possible re-imagination of the future. In the Balkans, where the violent and nationalistic break-up of Yugoslavia made the region into fragmented realms that frenziedly selects its pasts, such re-unearthing takes on new and unexpected dimensions.
Could it be that the socialist federation was such a good idea that going back to it becomes actually going forward? Are the ex-Yu republics better off following their own independent paths? Was the regional union possible only through socialism — which the European Union might prove in the coming years?
BCC number 5 is about the current cultural (and socio-economic) landscape in a region whose past may seem prone to glorification, even if we may think we know better. Has the future already come when ideologies that we thought past convince us again of their relevance? Especially since we are all always expecting the future to be slightly better than it ends up being. It was the case twenty years ago, and it will be like that twenty years down the line.
To tell us more about it we have interviewed Vladimir Arsenijević, one of this generation’s most celebrated authors and intellectuals, and one of the co-editors of the already cult book Lexicon of YU Mythology and Oliver Frljić, the theater director who seems to have specialized in all things YU. Furthermore, one of our editors, Vanja Nikolić gives us an overview of some of the most noted recent theater productions that dealt with the former Yugoslavia on stages across the region.
Our nod to the Yugoslav socialist self-management is a text by Dragana Alfirević and Jasmina Založnik on self-managed artistic gatherings that took place in 2011 under the hospices of several festivals in Slovenia and Serbia. This is followed by a dictionary of terms that defines the context of the local artistic scenery today.
ZVONIMIR DOBROVIĆ in collaboration with André von Ah