Our “Cold Front from the Balkans” exhibition focuses on different generations of artists and art groups from the Balkan region. Throughout the exhibition, we keep sharing detailed information about the artworks. Take a look at Sašo Stanojkoviḱ’s “I am Tired of Commissioned Revolutions”.
The work is aimed in solidarity with any revolutionary who’s decided to “retire” after many disenchantments in each revolution he/she participated for eventually finding out that they had been all “commissioned” and that not everyone believed in the causes for which they fought. It’s an ironic take on the mutual accusations and suspicions casted by different political and nationalist parties about the background and motivations behind various protests, rebellions and other revolutionary actions of resistance to the local and international powers. The camouflage pattern is a recognisable symbol of the permanent instabilities created by the blowing “winds” – the metaphors for both the natural catastrophes and turbulent political periods in the Balkans. The first blanket “disappeared” during the opening of the “Revolution” – The South International Art Biennial in Stockholm (2003) from the park bench so this is another version “offered” to the tired and disappointed revolutionaries, refugees, homeless, or anyone else in need of protection.