Saopštenje za javnost povodom prestanka rada Kontekst galerije

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Poslednji program u Kontekst galeriji je održan 13. novembra 2010. godine,  čime je i završen naš rad na ovom projektu.

Kontekst galerija je zvanično otvorena 11. februara 2006. Projekat je pokrenut u okviru Foruma mladih Centra za kulturu “Stari Grad” kao pokušaj  transformacije jednog dela kulturnog centra  u prostor autonomnog obrazovanja i istraživanja u oblasti savremene vizuelne umetnosti i kulture.  Od avgusta 2007. godine, Kontekst galerija je nastavila da se razvija u okviru neprofitne platforme za savremenu umetnost i kulturu – Kontekst ali i dalje kao jedan od tekućih programa Centra za kulturu “Stari Grad”. Nakon što je u martu 2010. godine zvanično pokrenuta Ustanova kulture „Parobrod“,  koja je preuzela funkciju i prostor opštinske institucije kulture, pritisci u vidu zahteva za oslobađanjem prostora korišćenih za rad, kao i odbijanja komunikacije od strane nove uprave doprineli su donošenju naše odluke da prekinemo sa daljim radom u ovom prostoru. Odluka o prestanku rada Kontekst galerije još više je određena našim neslaganjem sa politikom  nove ustanove kulture.

Ta politika je simptom Nove kulturne politike u Srbiji u kojoj se kultura poima kao instrument  u  procesima evropskih integracija,  nominalnom sprovođenju ljudskih prava i tolerancije, kao i procesa kulturalizacije društva u cilju stvaranja apolitičnih subjekata dominantne ideologije dok se istovremeno strukturalno i sistematski reprodukuju retrogradne društvene vrednosti kao što su nacionalizam, klero-fašizam, hegemonija partijarhalne matrice, netolerisanje bilo kakve vrste drugosti, itd. Svi navedeni procesi dovode do komodifikacije i pacifizacije kulturne produkcije koji za posledicu imaju neutralizovanje njenog antagonističkog političkog potencijala. Radi se na uspostavljanju monopola nad kulturnom produkcijom i kontrolisanjem simboličkih sadržaja od strane vladajuće strukture koju predstavljaju političke partije i privatni kapital.

Rad na koncipiranju programa galerije i njegovoj realizaciji je za nas ujedno predstavljao i proces samoobrazovanja, refleksije, samokritike i promišljanja. Tokom rada i konstantnog procesa učenja i interakcije sa lokalnim i internacionalnim, umetničkim i aktivističkim scenama došle/i smo do  shvatanja našeg rada kao jedne vrste prostora za kritičko i političko delovanje kroz savremenu umetnost i kulturu. Naše stavove i programe smo  vremenom radikalizovali, u skladu sa lokalnim i globalnim političkim, ekonomskim i društvenim transformacijama, u pokušaju repolitizacije lokalne kulturne produkcije i reprodukcije onih ideja koje mogu proizvesti potencijal za stvaranje alternative dominantnoj ideologiji.

Naš rad ćemo i dalje usmeravati  u tom pravcu kroz dalje delovanje Kontekst platforme.

 

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Public announcement regarding the closure of the Kontekst Gallery project

 

The Kontekst Gallery’s last program took place on November 13th 2010, by which our work on this project ended.

Kontekst Gallery officially opened on February 11th 2006. This project was initiated within the Youth Forum of  the Cultural Centre “Stari grad”, as an attempt to transform a part of this Centre into a place of autonomous education and research in the area of contemporary visual arts and culture. From August 2007, Kontekst Gallery was being developed within the framework of a non-profit platform for contemporary art and culture – Kontekst, but still as a programme of the Cultural Center. After March 2010 and the establishment of Cultural Institution “Parobrod” – which took over the function and the public space of the Municipal Cultural Center “Stari grad”; and due to various pressures in the form of an official demand to vacate the working facilities, as well as the refusal of communication by the new management – we made a  decision to end our work in this space. However, our decision to close Kontekst gallery is to a grater extent caused by our disagreement with the policy of the new cultural institution.

This policy is only a symptom of the new cultural policy in Serbia in which culture is conceived as an instrument in the process of European integration, nominal implementation of human rights and tolerance, as well as the process of culturalization of society in order to create apolitical subjects for the dominant ideology – while structurally and systematically retrograde social values such as: nationalism, clero-fascism, hegemony of patriarchal matrix, intolerance towards all kinds of otherness etc., are still being reproduced. All of these processes lead to the commodification and pacification of cultural production that resulted in neutralization of its antagonistic political potential. Governing structures that are represented by political parties and private capital are working on creating a monopoly over cultural production and control of the symbolic content.

Our work on producing a concept of the Gallery’s programme and its realisation has been for us also a process of self-education, reflection, self-criticism and contemplation. Through  our work, constant learning process and interaction with local and international art and activist scenes, we developed an understanding of our work as a space for critical and political action through contemporary art and culture. Over time and in accordance with local and global political, economic and social transformations, our positions and programms became radicalized as an overall attempt of repoliticization of local cultural production and reproduction of those ideas that could produce a potential to create alternatives to dominant ideology.

We will go on working in that direction through our further engagement within Kontekst platform.

 

 

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