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Witches – The History of Persecution
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Witches – The History of Persecution Witches – The History of Persecution Witches – The History of Persecution Witches – The History of Persecution
Witches – The History of Persecution Witches – The History of Persecution Witches – The History of Persecution Witches – The History of Persecution
Witches – The History of Persecution Witches – The History of Persecution Witches – The History of Persecution Witches – The History of Persecution
Witches – The History of Persecution Witches – The History of Persecution Witches – The History of Persecution Witches – The History of Persecution

Project authors: Gordana Lebović, Vedran Vučić
Curator: Gordana Lebović
Installations: Isidora Spasić
Video and graphic design: Branislav Karalić
Supported by: Fund for an Open Society

Persecution as a form of human behaviour is as old as the human race. The principle of persecution has existed in all societies regardless of the level of their development, their geographical position, their form of government, or religion. The analysis of this phenomenon has revealed certain rules and systems that make persecution “necessary” and “justified”. Despite the fact that humanistic ideas have been developing throughout the history alongside the effort to make more humane forms of government, the presence of discrimination and persecution has never ceased to exist. Moreover, we dare say that those have been becoming more thoroughly systematic and principally concealed.

The idea of the Exhibition is not to deal with isolated examples of persecution but to try to describe and expose the systems which lead to it, and to reveal their presence in our times. However, we could not ignore extreme examples from history, which show persecution at a highly systematic level - above all the time of the Inquisition and the Nazi crimes in the twentieth century.

The long period of the Inquisition which was happening in Europe for almost six hundred years inspired the concept of our exhibition Witches – The History of Persecution. During that period, innocent women were massively pursued.

Besides women and ethnic groups, the victims of persecution were also renowned scholars, thinkers, artists, philosophers, and priests.

Instead of embodying the centuries-long ideas of humanity, the twentieth century adopted the system which makes persecution possible, raising it to an even higher level aided by the developed technology and the perfected propaganda. Culmination of such practice occurred during the Second World War, which saw millions of people killed in the most vicious manner.

The need to accuse and determine culprits for the condition of a society is a mechanism which, unfortunately, is still very much alive and present.

Witches – History and Learning
Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning
Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning
Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning
Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning
Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning Witches – History and Learning

Project authors: Gordana Lebović, Vedran Vučić
Workshop leaders: Gordana Lebović, Vedran Vučić, Jelena Stojanović
Graphic and video support: Branislav Karalić
Curator: Jelena Stojanović
Organization: Maja Marković
Artists: Branka Lalić, Jovana Ćika, Ksenija Marinković, Mina Šarenac, Olja Marković, Valentina Milošević, Vanja Nikolić, Vladimir Stevanović, Vedran Vučić, Isidora Spasić, Dušan Spasić, Duško Ruljević, Aleksandra Petrović, Cécile Lefèvre
Supported by: Fund for an Open Society

The exhibition Witches – History and Learning is the result of a three-month-long work at the art workshops within the project Witches – The History of Persecution. Apart from the workshop participants’, the exhibition presents some of the works of the artists who cooperated on the project. The exhibitions Witches – The History of Persecution and Witches – History and Learning are the two conceptual units of the project.

Through our three-month-long cooperation with young artists, we dealt with the history and the causes for persecutions, the ethical, aesthetical, scientific and other aspects connected to the topic.

The history of persecution and the history of creation, destruction and creation are the opposites that compose human nature. They have always caused confusion among scholars, philosophers, mysticists, and artists. Guilt, evil, intrigue, accusations, repressive social and religious systems are some of the topics we have discussed with the participants. Our wish was to stimulate the artists to research and contemplate the topic of persecution through historiography and science, to open a new perspective for understanding human nature.

More often than not, artists have also been victims of persecutions and discrimination, but also chroniclers, who use their art and the symbolic it carries to warn and remind of the importance of spiritual and humane virtues.

1 vs. Many
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1 vs. Many 1 vs. Many 1 vs. Many 1 vs. Many
1 vs. Many 1 vs. Many

Director: Gordana Lebović
Video: Igor Vasiljev
Sound: Vedran Vučić
Performer: Janoš Buš
Costume Designer: Olja Marković

The performance 1 vs. Many is inspired by Srđan Veljović’s photograph ‘Munich Olympic Stadium’. The symbolism of the photograph simultaneously carries the unity of one, many, and emptiness, as well as the conflict between them. The constant presence of these themes inspired us to, through various media, explore this conflict at multiple levels. Through the performance, we aim to point out the complexity of relationship of one against many, through periods and spaces, thus questioning the individual’s action within society, as well as the individual’s struggle for their own identity.

Radio Light 487796 – Cluster at the Republic Square
Radio Light 487796 – Cluster at the Republic Square Radio Light 487796 – Cluster at the Republic Square Radio Light 487796 – Cluster at the Republic Square Radio Light 487796 – Cluster at the Republic Square
Radio Light 487796 – Cluster at the Republic Square

Author of the Project: Gordana Lebović
Co-author and Technical Production: Vedran Vučić
Author of the Performance: Janoš Buš
Spatial Framework Concept and Design of Light-Sound Installation: Ana Knežević
Author of Graphics and Video Material: Igor Vasiljev
Costume Designer: Snežana Simić
Cast: Janoš Buš, Miloš Timotijević, Đorđe Branković, Milena Moravčević

Project Radio light 487796 – Cluster at the Republic Square is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Nikola Tesla’s birth. In this multimedia event, the project encompasses artistic, scientific and educational segments, blending visual arts, light installations, music, choreographic scores and wireless information technologies. With a strong visual-spatial synthesis of sounds, words, movement and visualised mathematical functions, we want the observers to intuitively find a connection between arts, technology and spirituality - the latter being the genesis of Tesla’s visionary thought.

The project was produced by Belef Centre, with the assistance of Belgrade City Council.

Olympic Flame in Belgrade
Olympic Flame in Belgrade Olympic Flame in Belgrade Olympic Flame in Belgrade Olympic Flame in Belgrade
Olympic Flame in Belgrade Olympic Flame in Belgrade Olympic Flame in Belgrade Olympic Flame in Belgrade

Author of the Concept: Gordana Lebović
Dramatist: Maja Pelević
Composer: Slobodan Marković
Choreographer: Bojana Denić
Set Designer: Tanja Marčetić
Costume Designer: Marija Jelisijević
Conductor: Ana Zorana Brajević

Olympic Flame in Belgrade was a public ceremony heralding the arrival of the Olympic torch in Belgrade. The concept linked ancient and modern Olympic Games. Kalemegdan fortress, as a historical and cultural site, was selected as the location for this event. The ceremony itself was divided into two parts. The first began with the arrival under the Branko Bridge of the boat holding the Olympic Torch and ended on the slopes of Kalemegdan. The combination of choreographic miniatures symbolised ancient Olympic sports. The second part started at the King’s Gate and ended on the plateau at Kalemegdan’s Victor statue, honouring modern Olympic sports through a contemporary choreographic score, choir and symphonic orchestra.

The event was organised with the help of EYOF, Olympic Committee of Serbia and the City of Belgrade.

Inquiry into Reality: The Disappearance of Public Space
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Inquiry into Reality: The Disappearance of Public Space

Author and Curator: Goran Petrović
Producer and Coordinator: Gordana Lebović
Production Coordinator: Marija Vuković

Participants: Mirna Arsovska (MK), Manon de Boer (BE), Tanja Ostojić (RS/DE), David Rych (AT), Yane Čalovski (MK), Siniša Ilić (RS), Hristina Ivanoska (MK), Dejan Kaluđerović (RS/AT), Iskra Dimitrova (MK), Katarina Popović (RS), Khaled Ramadan (DK)

Inquiry into Reality: The Disappearance of Public Space was an international project among numerous artists as well as media and cultural institutions from the Balkans and EU. Through various media the project investigated the role of the arts in the process of pluralist social concepts’ affirmation; the project’s objective was the production of hybrid works blending art forms and media tools in the form of a book, newspaper article, radio advertisement, documentary TV show, internet application and billboards. The works of participants in Inquiry into Reality are closely connected to social, cultural and political situations in the Balkans. They transpose the media space into a public one and speak of the arts’ social role in addressing issues of self-identity, women, immigrants and other marginalised social groups, and the rules and policies of the EU.

The project was realised by Omen Theatre in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Arts in Belgrade, Press to Exit Project Space (MK) and Protok Centre for Visual Communication (BH).

Requiem for Nikola Tesla
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Requiem for Nikola Tesla

Composer: Ksenija Zečević
Director: Gordana Lebović
Dramatist: Slavko Milanović
Conductor: Bojan Suđić
Set and Video Designer: Igor Vasiljev
Costume Designer: Boris Čakširan
Laser Installation: Ana Knežević
Soloists: Jasmina Trumbetaš - Petrović, Jadranka Jovanović, Saša Štulić, Goran Krneta
Text Read By: Miloš Đorđević

Requiem for Nikola Tesla was composed by Ksenija Zečević, a renowned Serbian contemporary music composer. It is dedicated to the life and work of Nikola Tesla.

Each of the four parts of Requiem for Nikola Tesla are accompanied by visual elements coinciding with the themes of each respective part. These elements included video projections, as well as laser and light installations, to reinforce the message of Zečević’s piece.

The project was realised with the assistance of Belef Centre and the City of Belgrade.