Inside Forced Realities
In the age of Coronavirus, social distancing takes on a different meaning since distance has been transposed into politics, economics, sociology, ecology, and even science. The usual dialectic flow of things has been disturbed while the pandemic and raging capitalism show us a disease – both actual and metaphorical – that arises out of systematic dereliction of care for the individual, even in developed systems of government. Even highly significant achievements are no longer credible symbols of progress since each step forward brings with it concern, uncertainty and fear. In this state of affairs, the role of art is of exceptional importance. Society and Art in a Forced Reality – the name of our main exhibition – intends to point out the effectiveness of homocentric topics and the function of art. Man today needs art that works for his being and his existence, the efficacy of clear aesthetic systems and ethical principles.
Sava Stepanov (RS), Venelin Shurelov (BG), Stevan Kojić (RS), Ana Prvčki (RS/DE), Antoni Rayzhekov (BG), Anna Vasof (GR)
Contemporary society has found itself in circumstances of forced reality and that is exactly what is presented (and proven!) by the central exhibition of the Danube Dialogues 2021. At the same time, the exhibition emphasizes the importance of new artistic aesthetic and ethical systems by which the participants from Germany, Austria, Serbia and Bulgaria try to make „repairs to the world in crisis“, as Bonami once wrote.
Charles Merewether (GE), Adeline Kueh (SG), Tomohiro Okada (JP), Vuyisile Mshudulu (ZA), Nataša Teofilović (RS), Sanja Kojić Mladenov (RS), Venelin Shurelov (BG), Nadezhda Dzhakova (BG), Diana Marincu (RO), Slavica Popov (RS), Sava Stepanov (RS), Svetlana Mladenov (RS)
The epochal crisis and tension of the world is caused by the action of „raging capitalism“ because large corporations and their owners have turned the whole world into their own resource – equally (ab)using people and nature – not once caring about the fate and future of the entire population. The conference is looking for an adequate reaction and response of art.
Diana Marincu (RO), Sanja Kojić Mladenov (RS), Danica Bićanić (RS), Andrea Medar (RO), Liliana Mercioiu Popa (RO), Oana Paula Vainer (RO/DE), Dragan Vojvodić (RS), Anica Vučetić (RS)
Art dialogue: As two geographically and culturologically close cities and proclaimed European Capitals of Culture 2021, Novi Sad – Timisoara has been an integral part Danube Dialogues Festival continuously since 2016.
City of Novi Sad, Austrian Cultural Forum (Belgrade), Fundatia Triade (Timisoara), Gallery Arosita (Sofia), Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina (Novi Sad)