April 18, 2015 - Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam - Resolution 827
April 18, 2015

Resolution 827

Vladimir Miladinović, Archaeological Excavation log – ICTY Court Records 200016LF3R, 2015. Ink wash on paper. © Vladimir Miladinović.

Resolution 827
April 18–May 31, 2015

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam
Rozenstraat 59
The Netherlands


Kristina Benjocki, Lana Čmajčanin and Adela Jušić, Anna Dasović, Doplgenger, Saša Karalić, Vladimir Miladinović, Quenton Miller, Charles van Otterdijk, and Nikola Radić Lucati

Resolution 827 is the outcome of collaboration between Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade. The title of the exhibition, Resolution 827, refers to the UN resolution that was adopted in 1993 and established the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The point of departure for the exhibition was to find a common denominator in the analysis of the societies of Serbia and other republics of the former Yugoslavia as well as the Netherlands, and to open up the debate on shared sore points, like the genocide in Srebrenica that was subject to ICTY investigation.

The artists involved in this exhibition scrutinize questions of responsibility in each of the societies in question, but their contributions also revolve around the way in which we can relate to the atrocities through the procession of the visual and audio files collected from ICTY and other archives. These artistic proposals point to a lack of public debate on questions of the utmost importance to our societies, such as the resolution of policies of aggression and ethnic cleansing in the case of the former Yugoslavia, and policies of deterrence by presence in the case of the Netherlands. By exposing how these taboo topics, which appear to be locally grounded in each of the societies in question, resonate in one another, we can reflect upon the universalizing potential of social and political taboos. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a Global Collaborations edition of the SMBA Newsletter, with an introduction by the curatorial team, Zoran Erić (MoCA, Belgrade), Jelle Bouwhuis and Joram Kraaijeveld (SMBA); an essay by Zoran Erić, and separate texts on the participating artists.

Public events
“Resolution 827 – Dialogues”
Thursday 23 April, 7–9:30pm

Teijin Auditorium
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

A panel discussion related to the exhibition Resolution 827 in SMBA will be held in Stedelijk Museum on Thursday 23 April. This panel discussion brings together artists, theorists, and curators to reflect upon artistic ways to deal with traumatic histories and their correlating visual imagery. What role could art play in resolving a traumatic conflict such as the one that led to the dissolution of Yugoslavia? From what position can artists speak about the (im)possibilities of finding such resolution? Participants include Damir Arsenijević (De Montfort University, Leicester), Zoran Erić (MoCA, Belgrade), Jason File (artist and war crimes prosecutor), and Milica Tomić (artist, founding member of Grupa Spomenik / Monument Group and initiator of the project and Working Group “Four Faces of Omarska”). The discussion will be moderated by Arno van Roosmalen (Stroom Den Haag, See You in The Hague). More information: www.stedelijk.nl

Resolution 827 in SMBA is the fourth exhibition in the series of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam’s Global Collaborations programme. Global Collaborations is a three-year project that aims to generate an informed and well-balanced overview of developments in contemporary art from a global perspective. It is based on collaborative partnerships with experimental and multifaceted art institutions throughout the world and encompasses exhibitions, publications, events, and an online platform. The program takes place at the Stedelijk Museum and at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), the project space of the Stedelijk. Global Collaborations continues until the end of 2015 and was initiated by Jelle Bouwhuis, head of SMBA, and project curator Kerstin Winking. Global Collaborations is generously supported by principal benefactors Stichting Ammodo and the Mondriaan Fund. 

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