Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned

Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned

7 March – 31 August 2019, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana. The exhibition in Moderna galerija will focuse on the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM); more precisely it will emphasize the ideas, ideals and principles of the movement, particularly in close connection with its cultural policies and place them in a contemporary context with the question: Could there be a non-aligned contemporaneity? And if so, what would it be like?

Exhibition curator: Bojana Piškur

7 March – 31 August 2019, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana


Participants: Dan Acostioaei, Sven Augustijnen, Babi Badalov, María Berríos & Jakob Jakobsen, Godfried Donkor, Gallery of Art of the Non-Aligned Countries Josip Broz Tito, Contemporary Art Center of Montenegro, Gorgona in Jakarta – on the Cutting Edge of the Edge? (Nada Beroš), Ferenc Gróf, Olivier Hadouchi, Aya Haidar, Ibro Hasanović; Ibro Hasanović & Ahmad Adelian, Ahmad Yaman Fetyani, Abdelkadeer Itatahine, Yordanos Haile, Amin Hasan, Romat Hasan, Ahmed Shihab Hammood, Oussama Lahmaza, Masoomah Manafi, Zeinab Manafi, Siniša Ilić, Cartography of Yugoslavia’s International Collaborations in Culture with Developing Countries (Teja Merhar), The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška - KGLU, Slovenj Gradec (Andreja Hribernik, Katarina Hergold Germ), Naeem Mohaiemen, Museum of African Art, Belgrade (Emilija Epštajn, Ana Sladojević), Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade (Jovana Nedeljković), Museum of Solidarity Salvador Allende, Santiago (Daniela Berger, Federico Brega, María Victoria Martínez), From Bandung to Belgrade (Riksa Afiaty, Iramamama, Sekarputi Sidhiwati, Syaiful Ardianto), Re-Aligning the Asian Art Biennale (Abhijan Toto), Dubravka Sekulić, Semsar Siahaan, Third World: Prints from Non-Aligned Countries at the International Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana between 1961 and 1991 (Bojana Piškur, Teja Merhar), Mila Turajlić, Katarina Zdjelar. 


The topics covered in the exhibition are not to be considered some kind of exoticism linked to the past, nor do they harbor nostalgia for the movement itself. Instead, we will focus on the way the “southern constellations” envisioned forms of politics that took as their starting point the life of peoples and societies that had been forcibly relegated to the margins of the global economic, political and cultural system. What is more, we will explore the way NAM also adopted and developed cultural equality as one of the movement’s core principles from the earliest stages of its work. In the 1960s and 1970s, the cultural development of decolonizing countries became as important as their economic development. Subsequently, this culture was no longer meant only for the elites; art and culture were to be accessible to all. The idea was not only to study the Third World, but to make the Third World a place from which to speak. It was about creating different modernities, different poetics – “epistemologies of the south”.


The exhibition will consist in and include: historical constellations such as journals, organizations, institutions, cultural exchanges, and cultural policies that characterized the cultural landscape of the NAM cultural heritage; together with archives, collections, exhibitions, and contemporary art.