[artinfo] Globalisation and Identity

galerija galzenica galerija.galzenica at globalnet.hr
Sat May 3 20:37:50 CEST 2008


VENUE: Galerija Galzenica, Zagreb/Velika Gorica,

In the early 1990's, two major changes were taking place in Croatia:
political and territorial independence from ex Yugoslavia and the first
wave of economic globalisation. As you may know, globalisation is the
economic model that, after the break up of European socialist countries,
with the help of the new technologies (the Internet, mobile networks
etc.), created new ways of making profit. Two opposite social processes
were the consequence of that: degradation of national economies and
proliferation of particular cultural identities.

During 1990's, the countries of Middle and southeaste Europe were in
search of their position on the new map of Europe and thus found
themselves in a paradox situation of parallel decentralization of
economy and nationalization of culture. The more cultural practice
seemed traditional and particular, the more it represented
self-identification model for newly formed countries. Although
impossible for the global application, the model of so-called
traditional culture became the pattern applicable to national culture
through various local and group identities. The expansion of local
media, equality of dialects, World Music and lifestyle culture are only
few of the phenomena that could not exist without tension between global
and national.

The 2009 programme of the Gallery Galzenica casts light on questions
such as what the difference between Europe of nations and Europe of
regions is. Are these countries, once "behind the iron curtain", and
their great national stories anachronism or last, though
unrepresentative evidence that modernism is an open-end process (Habermas)?

Furthermore, is the issue of individual, local or national identity
rather an interest of marketing and profit making than the process of
personal and social development? Does globalisation actually encourage
fundamentalism, chauvinism and xenophobia? If yes, what are possible
reasons for multiculturalism? Where has the idea of cosmopolitism
disappeared? Is the only choice we have the one between bad and worse?


We invite you to send your proposal for participation to
galerija.galzenica at globalnet.hr by 15 June 2008.

Klaudio Stefancic, a curator and a director of 
the Gallery Galzenica, and Ivana Hanacek, a 
curator assistant, will carefully review all the 
proposals. All submitters will be informed about 
their application by 1 July 2008.
Puãko otvoreno uãili”te Velika Gorica
Trg Stjepana Radiša 5
HR - 10410 Velika Gorica
tel:+385 1 6221 122 /  fax: 6226 740

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