Issue 1/2019


After the wars in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, sometimes unstable and somewhat disputed peace-time arrangements became established. Nationalism and borders remain burning issues in the region. Even the ways in which the war is remembered are still controversial. The countries involved have completely different cultures of remembrance, which thus also means there is no uniform interpretation of the Balkan wars. This leads to tensions again and again. A democratic crisis can likewise be observed. There was cautious democratization in many countries after the authoritarian systems in the Western Balkans were overthrown. However, the transformation process did not proceed as rapidly as people had hoped. What does that mean for art from this region, especially for the younger generation, for artists who were children or adolescents during the war and were shaped by those experiences?

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Ines Doujak