Art Alert: CIC to screen Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Feb 2014

On 3 and 5 March, Cairo’s Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) will screen Marta Popivoda's avant-garde documentary on recent Yugoslavian history which premiered at the 63rd Berlinale

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Still from 'Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body'

On Monday 3 and Wednesday 5 March, Cairo's Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) will screen director Marta Popivoda’s experimental documentary Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body as part of its Meeting Points 7 exhibition.

Through archival videos and images, the film tackles the role played by ideology in Yugoslavia’s history, and follows the country's transformation from socialism to what the director refers to as ‘wild’ capitalism.

The 62-minute documentary especially focuses on how the relationship between the people and the state played itself out in the country’s public spaces, whether through state celebrations like May Day parades and youth work actions, or revolutionary activities like the 1968 protests, the student and civic demonstrations of the 1990s, or the demonstrations of the 5 October revolution.

The film, an ambitious, avant-garde and highly personal project, eventually aims at exploring how the socialist Yugoslavian state was dissolved into a small number of neo-liberal countries, and how – or why – the people abandoned communist ideology in favour of illusions of freedom and democracy which eventually proved no more than stark individualism and a brutal free market system.

Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body premiered at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) as part of the International Forum of New Cinema.


Monday 3 March and Wednesday 5 March, at 7pm
Contemporary Image Collective (CIC)
22 Abdel-Khaleq Tharwat Street, Downtown, Cairo

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