ANNEXE: In her first solo exhibition in a British institution, Domanović explores the rise of 'turbo sculpture' through a new video based installation.
'The Political and economic turmoil of the early 1990s Yugoslavia rendered the society compliant enough for the concept of ‘turbo culture’ to gain momentum. With all its exaggerations, inordinateness and random amalgamations of both local and global ornamentation, turbo eventually became a prefix for social and media phenomena of the war and post-war period. As a result terms such as turbo politics, turbo television, turbo architecture and turbo urbanism developed…'
- excerpt from Turbo Sculpture, Aleksandra Domanovic, 2011
‘Turbo sculpture’ is an epiphenomenon turbo culture. It refers to the depiction of popular non-national media celebrities in public sculpture projects across the former Yugoslavian nations. In recent years turbo sculpture moments of Bruce Lee (Mostar, 2005), Rocky Balboa (Žitište, 2007), Johnny Weissmuller / Tarzan (Međa, 2007), Bob Marley (Banatski Sokolac, 2007) and Tupac Shakur (Belgrade, forthcoming) have been unveiled.
It is commonly argued that the rejection of the traditional regional/political context of civic monuments (leading to the turbo sculpture age) is a condition of the post-traumatic recalibration of identity and ideology that occurred following the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s.
The story of turbo sculpture, as well as turbo culture, is outlined in this exhibition – Aleksandra Domanovic’s first solo show in a British institution. Central to the exhibition will be a new edit of Domanovic’s original video essay on the subject. This will be displayed as part of an installation that will also include works by Michael Blum and Paolo Chiasera.
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