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Tuesday, December 04, 2018, 02:00pm - 03:00pm
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“POST-YUGOSLAV PERFORMANCE AS LABOR AND CELEBRATION”
CHRISTINA NOVAKOV-RITCHEY
“Between Folk and Contemporary: The Economics of Collaboration in Post-Yugoslav Art”
In 2011, Marina Abramović’s gala party at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles became the site of a
labor controversy. In a leaked letter Yvonne Rainer complained that Abramović was paying performers below
minimum wage. While the object of Rainer’s critique was the relationship between Abramović and hired
performance artists, her labor-based critique deepens when we attend to Abramović’s presentation of traditional
Serbian singer Svetlana Spajić that evening. Neither a village artist nor recognized as a contemporary artist, Spajić’s
performance complicates discourses of contemporaneity, collaboration, and the economics of performance.
Christina Novakov-Ritchey is a doctoral student in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance where
she writes about Yugoslavia, colonial modernity, and the construction of the “folk.”


ANA STOJANOVIĆ
“Training For Yugoslavia: The Transformation Of Sokolska Društva From Proto-Nationalism To
Nostalgic (Re)Enactment”
Before the First World War, Sokol gymnastic societies were founded in the pre-Yugoslavia period with a strong
nationalistic Slavic agenda, which promoted the Slavic physical body in opposition to Italianism on the coast and the
Austrian and Ottoman presence in the interior towns. These daily regimens were developed into spectacles at stadiums
demonstrating the power of mass choreographed discipline in launching a broader community with a goal of
promoting the idea of "physically healthy, morally strong and nationally conscious" members. Highly popular and
pervasive throughout the territories that came to be known as Yugoslavia beginning in the 19th century and continuing
today, Sokolska društva reveal the links between conceptions of body and physical exercises and the nature of physical,
moral, and intellectual training for the (now-nostalgic) nation.
Ana Stojanović is an actress, Serbian and Indonesian traditional dancer, and dance researcher earning her Ph.D. in
Culture and Performance at UCLA. She holds a Master’s degree in Dance Anthropology and Ethnochoreology, but has
explored various artistic disciplines, both as a researcher and a practitioner. As a doctoral student, Stojanović continually
strives to develop a unique understanding of what it means to be a socially conscious artist.
Location Kaufman 160
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