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January 19 Committee: Art Against Nazism (Call for Artworks)

http://19jan.ru/

Emory Douglas, one of the greatest political graphic artists of the twentieth century, minister of culture of the Black Panther Party (1967-1980), and illustrator of the party’s weekly newspaper, will take part in the graphic art marathon initiated by the January 19 Committee. Emory Douglas entered the annals of art history as an uncompromising leftist activist by fighting for the rights of African-Americans. Retrospectives of this living classic’s work took place in Los Angeles and Manchester in 2007–2009. The street art exhibition Art Against Nazism will mark the first showing of Douglas’s work in Russia. Douglas has officially confirmed that he will be participating and has given the January 19 Committee, the event’s organizers, the right to reprint his his famous poster Afro-American solidarity with the oppressed people of the world (1969).

Douglas will be joined by other internationally renowned artists who have sent the January 19 Committee their street art pieces with a clear antifascist message, which will be reproduced in the form of stickers and posters.

These stickers and posters will be appearing in the cars, passageways, and escalators of the Moscow metro right up until January 19, 2011. The goal of the exhibition is to show that artists are in solidarity with the antifascist agenda of the January 19 Committee, to show that they also feel the urgent necessity to fight neo-Nazism here and now. The Committee also hopes that the appearance of these works in the Moscow metro will provoke people who are not yet involved in this struggle to become active.

The artworks will be posted on the Committee’s official web site  www.19jan.ru, where they can be downloaded for further distribution. The Committee calls on artists and activists to join this action by producing their own artworks encouraging people to join the antifascist demonstration on January 19.

The January 19 Committee hopes that this exhibition will spur Muscovites to take part in a peaceful march against neo-Nazi terror and that other Russian cities will join in this protest action.

The following artists have confirmed that they will be participating in the street art exhibition:

Affinity Group (Russia)
Etcétera (Argentina)
Société Réaliste (France)
Rosella Biscotti (Italy; Netherlands)
Babi Badalov (Azerbaijan; USA; Great Britain; France)
Alexandra Galkina (Russia)
Zampa di Leone (Serbia)
Rigo 23 (Madeira; USA)
Nikolay Oleynikov (Russia)
Darinka Pop-Mitić (Serbia)
Nikita Kadan, R.E.P. Group (Ukraine)
Ivan Brazhkin (Russia)
David Ter-Oganyan (Russia)

The Committee calls on artists, activists, and concerned citizens to produce and distribute works on the struggle against neo-Nazism and to join the antifascist march in Moscow on January 19, 2011, at the Timiryazev Monument on Tverskaya Boulevard.

More information: 19jan.ru
Send your works in .jpeg format to the Committee’s e-mail address: collaboration@19jan.ru

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Chto Delat International No. 1: Transitional Justice

Chto Delat International issue no.1, entitled Transitional Justice, emerged as a cooperation among its authors and in connection with the recent production of the video film Partisan Songspiel: A Belgrade Story, during the summer of 2009 in Belgrade.

Our authors provide a contextual overview of a Serbian society in transition. During the last two decades, it existed as an isolated camp where everyday life was monopolized by corrupt politicians and ruthless tycoons. The catastrophe of the wars in the ex-Yugoslav countries, which unfolded as an act of mutual extermination, was followed by economic polarization and discrimination against a large part of the population, who ended up homeless and deprived of any state protection. 

The collective Zampa di Leone has produced furious illustrations of hardcore Serbian realities. Novi Sad lesbian activist and Partisan Songspiel actress Biljana Stanković Lori discusses the autonomy of the LGBTIQ community in Serbia in her text Through the Windows of Activism. In his text In the Waiting Room, activist and independent writer Boban Stojanović draws a parallel between the Stonewall riots, which are seen as the beginning of the contemporary struggle for the rights of sexual minorities, and the Pride Parade that was planned in Belgrade forty years later. In his text “Beyond Monstrosity, Nebojša Milikić, cultural worker and program editor at Cultural Center REX, writes about how mass crimes, such as the tragedy in Srebrenica, are perceived in Serbian society today. In Antiziganism and Class Racism in Europe” Vladan Jeremić and Rena Rädle discuss the various forms of ethnic and class racism against Roma that have appeared throughout contemporary Europe. InWhy Do Partisans Still Matter to Politics?” Dušan Grlja, editor of Prelom, journal for images and politics, and a member of Prelom kolektiv, explains that the reference to partisans, communism, and socialist Yugoslavia, as well as the originality of their solutions, represents a “non-existing impossibility” that can provide a radical alternative to what was and still is happening in the region, which is now termed the Western Balkans in the dominant geopolitical agenda.  

The term “transitional justice” has recently received greater attention by both academics and policymakers. It has also generated interest in the fields of political and legal discourse, especially in transitional societies. Transitional justice refers to a range of approaches that certain authorities may use to address past human rights violations and includes both judicial and non-judicial approaches. In the case of the ex-YU countries, transitional justice has been connected with International Tribunal for War Crimes and not, consequently, to other important aspects such as lustration or desirable institutional reforms. 

Issue editors: Vladan Jeremić, Dmitry Vilensky 
Authors: Dušan Grlja, Boban Stojanović, Biljana Stanković Lori, Rena Rädle, Vladan Jeremić, Nebojša Milikić, Dmitry Vilensky, and Olga Egorova Tsaplya 
Translations: Marko Mladenović 
Drawings: Zampa di Leone and Gluklya 
Production: Biro za kulturu i komunikaciju, 2009 
 
The publication of this issue is self-financed and produced with the support of the exhibition project re: ex-post. Critical Knowledge and the Post-Yugoslavian Condition, January 20–February 14, 2010, Open Space, Vienna, Austria.

A .pdf of the entire issue (in Serbian and English) can be downloaded here.


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