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galerija galzenica on Tue, 22 Apr 2008 19:43:54 +0200 (CEST)

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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.
Pučko otvoreno učilište Velika Gorica
Trg Stjepana Radića 5
HR - 10410 Velika Gorica
tel:+385 1 6221 122 /  fax: 6226 740
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