Drustvo Bez granica
Victor Lopez Gonzalez
A crossroads of the Mediterranean-Alpine, Slavic and Italian culture, the project gathered around thirty participants (artists, historians, ethnologists, smugglers and philosophers) who will appear at the exhibition and symposium and share their knowledge and experience about activities in different parts of the continent.
We are interested in smuggling as one of the pivotal economic methods of survival globally. Led by the idea of methods, eras and survival of smuggling as illegal economy at the crossroads of the Mediterranean-Alpine, Slavic and Italian culture, the project gathered around thirty participants – artists, historians, ethnologists, smugglers and philosophers who will appear at the exhibition and symposium and share their knowledge and experience about activities in different parts of the continent. The topic of smuggling in Istria. Slovenian Coast and Gulf of Trieste is partly placed in the context of newly formed administrative and political maps and distinction between EU and non-EU, and mostly it refers to the fact that the area until recently witnessed smuggling activities between the sea and the continent, east and west, Yugoslavia and Italy, socialism and capitalism, which surpassed the existing administrative and political conditions and regimes.
The project is envisaged as a combination of a symposium and exhibitions that will take place successively at three locations:
- Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, 2013;
- Trieste Contemporanea, Trieste, 2014
- Municipal Museum Idrija, 2014
All of the three events take an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, bearing in mind the historical context, personal testimonies and art production.
Smuggling can be read through lost stories, forgotten historical facts, trade, heavy crime, forging historical facts, then and now. In the project we rely precisely on that interpretative charge of smuggling, uniting people’s personal stories and written sources. We will analyse the connection between official and unofficial, written and established versus fluid, emotional and stored in memory.
The project will encompass contemporary art, history, ethnography, cultural heritage and in the sense of the type of material it will comprise documentary, fiction and theoretical interpretation.
The project continues in 2014 in the Municipal Museum Idrija (Slovenia) and Trieste Contemporanea (Italy)
Ivo Matulić t + 385 51 492618 e email@example.com
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Dolac 1/II, Rijeka - Croazia
23 oct 10am-5pm 24 oct 10am-01pm