Fiery Greetings

Fiery Greetings by Ana Adamović’s Kiosk – Platform for Contemporary Art is an art-based research project that is proposing a new interpretation of the Yugoslav socialist state, its dominant structures and legacy, focusing on the representation of childhood. At the same time, the project explores the possibility of the collective and individual memory of a country that no longer exists. The project is based on long-term research into the photographic and written documents associated with childhood stored at the Museum of Yugoslav History in Belgrade. Numerous photo albums belonging to President Tito, which he received from Yugoslav schools and children's organisations between 1945 and his death in 1980, provide the starting point.

The outcomes of this research were first shown from 28 February to 19 April 2015 in the exhibition entitled “Fiery Greetings: A representative portrayal of childhood in socialist Yugoslavia” at the Museum of Yugoslav History, accompanied by three panel discussions. It featured works by artists from former Yugoslavia: Dušica Dražić, Dejan Kaludjerović, Saša Karalić, Irena Lagator Pejović, Mladen Miljanović, Renata Poljak, Dubravka Ugrešić, ŠKART Art Group and Ana Adamović. Texts written by the artists and experts who took part in the panel discussions are soon to be published in the exhibition catalogue.

The project was carried out by Kiosk – Platform for Contemporary Art in collaboration with the Museum of Yugoslav History with the support of the Balkan Trust for Democracy, forumZFD, the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

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