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Labour Day Assembly

Festival of work, contemporary art and theory
April 20-May 3, 2016.

Paolo Pretolani “Beast Friends”, 2015

Paolo Pretolani “Beast Friends”, 2015

Programme:
Gallery Kortil – HKD — Sušak, Strossmayerova 1 (April 20, 7pm)
- Conditions for new anti-fascism
- International exhibition of visual artists curated by Nemanja Cvijanović
- Performance lecture by publicist Srećko Pulig

Participating:
Milijana Babić, Babi Badalov, Tomislav Brajnović, Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler, Nemanja Cvijanović, Claire Fontaine, Ferenc Grof, Igor Grubić, Fokus Grupa, Emil Jurcan / Pulska Grupa, Siniša Labrović, Vlado Martek, Marijan Mavrić, Giovanni Morbin, Igor Paulić, Cesare Pietroiusti, Paolo Pretolani i Srećko Pulig.

Croatian ‘independence’ transformed the former national state of Croats and Serbs into an identity state. In such a country a ‘national project’ exists for the sole reason for it not to be realized. Fascist policy is so to speak inherent to such a construction. Since the discursive mechanism of the “two totalitarianisms’ – the fascist and the communist, was introduced, which consequently led to the insistence on ‘totalitarian communist Yugoslavia’ as opposed to the ‘democratic Croatia’, the mechanism seems to operate as a perpetual motion machine, capable of offering ready – made answers to every social, especially economic crisis. In such a situation it is merely necessary to increase the dose of identity violence in society, to declare such a policy ‘reformist’ and ‘expert’ and hope for a miracle. That is, the survival of some of the fractions of local parasitic degenerated- bourgeoisie in the government. Supporting such developments in Croatia is the EU crisis where the migrant crisis serves as the most visible external symptom. The solution to such a situation could be ‘realistic’ – minimalist, meaning the identity violence in each ‘nation-state’ successor of Yugoslavia, should be reduced to a tolerable measure, something that already exists in all civil states. The fundamental solution that would resolve things such as fascist ideas could be some sort of international networking based on the contemporary moment of the anti-fascist struggle. Our people had already once succeeded in such an attempt; when AVNOJ (Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia) was established it linked their future not to language, civic traditions or cultural identity, but to the victory over fascism. ‘Death to fascism – freedom to the people’ as well as ‘Brotherhood and Unity’ where slogans of that period. Today our task is to translate these to contemporary social actions. Without that any antifascist agitation cannot be successful. S. P.

Art-Kino Croatia, Krešimirova 2 (May 3, 8pm)
- Screening of experimental documentary film, directed by Igor Grubić, Monument (2015, 50′)
- Interview with the author moderated by Nebojsa Zelić

“Monument” is a poetic-experimental documentary, structured as a series of nine meditative ‘portraits’ of the massive concrete memorials commissioned by the former Yugoslav state. These sentinel forms were originally built to honour the Second World War victims of fascism.During the Balkans war of the 1990s thousands of these monuments, perceived only as monoliths of abandoned Communist ideology, were destroyed on the territory of ex- Yugoslav state. The attempt to erase these structures was the starting point for this film, which focuses on the conditions and ‘life’ of a group of monuments.Emphasizing the unexpected fragility of these monumental structures, the director places human attempts to fix meaning against a backdrop of seasonal change. In a landscape that has witnessed cycles of trauma and upheaval, this film mirrors the rise and fall of many monuments built to preserve the memory of events that might otherwise be forgotten.As a poetic-experimental documentary, “Monument” creates an existential, or even spiritual, resonance with the political issues, questioning the purpose of monuments today.

Directed and produced: Igor Grubić
Cinematographer: Josip Ivančić
Edited by: Marko Ferković
Sound mix: Vjeran Šalamon
Executive producer: Sandra Grubić
Music: Akira Rabelais, Benny Jonas Nilsen, Clinton Francis ‘Isol’, Jim O’Rourke, Tyler Friedman, Voice Crack
Co-funded by: Croatian audio-visual centre, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Zagreb city office for culture, education and sport
LABOUR DAY ASSEMBLY / Rijeka 2016 is co-financed by the City of Rijeka – the City Department of Culture, as well as through donations and volunteer work of authors and programme director.