The introduction of memorial tourism as a segment of tourism in socialist Yugoslavia is still an unresearched postwar phenomenon of the development of Yugoslav tourism that most definitely influenced the overall reception of Yugoslavia’s memorial and other heritage, especially its artistic, architectural, and urban-planning achievements. The introduction of monuments and memorial objects of the national liberation front as a product for tourists and the following commercialization of the symbolic as well as the historical and political dimensions of monuments dedicated to the national liberation struggle impacted the mechanisms of monument protection and the management of then already existing monuments, including the concepts for future monuments to the liberation struggle and the different modes of their financing. The expression “memorial tourism” should be taken with a grain of salt//some reservation since it emphasizes the commercial function of the monuments to the socialist liberation struggle as their predominant trait, thereby ignoring the complexity of their historical-political background and their symbolic, social and political functions. This is precisely what the artists that joined this exhibition show us: all the different sides of dealing with what was once our common or shared heritage, both artistically and politically. Their questions and answers range from socialism to capitalism, revisionism, oblivion and/or the compulsion to remember, and even towards such supposedly simple things as sightseeing, traveling, the agony of waiting, etc. This exhibition has already been on view in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Kraljevo, and Belgrade. It is the first result produced by the partners joined in the international project Inappropriate Monuments and their outside collaborators.
The two-year international project Inappropriate Monuments will finish in 2017 with an exhibition dedicated to Slovenian monuments of the national liberation struggle. The exhibition will be prepared in collaboration with art history students from the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana.
Concept: Lana Lovrenčić, Milan Rakita
Organisation of traveling exhibition: Marko Jenko
Researchers: Tamara Buble (SF:ius), Barbara Drole, Jelena Grbić (GA), Elma Hodžić (HM BiH), Marko Jenko (MG+MSUM), Goran Janev (Levičarski Pokret Solidarnost, Skopje), Jelica Jovanović (GA), Mateja Kuka (SF:ius), Nenad Lajbenšperger, Nikola Puharić (SF:ius), Vladana Putnik
Participating artists: Dušica Dražić (http://www.dusicadrazic.com), Igor Grubić, Dejan Habicht, Siniša Labrović, Tanja Lažetić (http://www.lazetic.si)
Acknowledgements: Dejan Habicht, Janez Kramžar, Tanja Lažetić, Borko Radešček, Martina Vovk
Design: Oleg Šuran
Project partners: SF:ius – Socijalni rub: zanimljive neispričane priče (Zagreb), Grupa arhitekata (Belgrade), Moderna galerija MG+MSUM (Ljubljana), Historijski muzej BiH (Sarajevo)