Event Title

BALKANGREUEL

Presenter Information

Lana Čmajčanin

Session

Art & Digital Media

Description

In the context of this lecture, I will focus on the analysis of the form of artistic

representations of violence against women in favour and support of national,

political, and other interests.

As an example, I will refer to the exclusive lithograph portfolio set featuring twelve

large lithographs entitled Balkangruel created in 1909 after the Austro-Hungarian

Empire beginning of governing in the Balkans as the outcome of the Berlin

Congress, which redistributed colonies among the European powers.

The descriptions of forms of representation of the lithograph portfolio, form the

symbolical, real, and imaginary of the Balkan, and have paved the way for various

perceptions of the Balkans throughout the visual presentations and popular culture.

Delivered in a variety of formats and languages, the Balkangruel graphic portfolio

was intended for the elite and was quite popular and became widely distributed in

Europe and beyond.

In addition, as the focal point of the lecture, I will present the homonymous art

installation, which is based on the Balkangreuel - Balkan cruelty portfolio. This wall

installation repossesses motifs presented in the lithograph portfolio, but they can be

discerned only at a closer examination. It off-sets the notion of “exotic” Balkan

countries, which is still very much alive, against a comprehensive design embedding

the above-mentioned motifs. Furthermore, the work also explores the imperialism of

the imagination and the origins of the Western ideas, perceptions, and stereotypes

about the Balkans as a “periphery”.

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-550-475

First Page

1

Location

UBT Kampus, Lipjan

Start Date

30-10-2021 12:00 AM

End Date

30-10-2021 12:00 AM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2021.62

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BALKANGREUEL

UBT Kampus, Lipjan

In the context of this lecture, I will focus on the analysis of the form of artistic

representations of violence against women in favour and support of national,

political, and other interests.

As an example, I will refer to the exclusive lithograph portfolio set featuring twelve

large lithographs entitled Balkangruel created in 1909 after the Austro-Hungarian

Empire beginning of governing in the Balkans as the outcome of the Berlin

Congress, which redistributed colonies among the European powers.

The descriptions of forms of representation of the lithograph portfolio, form the

symbolical, real, and imaginary of the Balkan, and have paved the way for various

perceptions of the Balkans throughout the visual presentations and popular culture.

Delivered in a variety of formats and languages, the Balkangruel graphic portfolio

was intended for the elite and was quite popular and became widely distributed in

Europe and beyond.

In addition, as the focal point of the lecture, I will present the homonymous art

installation, which is based on the Balkangreuel - Balkan cruelty portfolio. This wall

installation repossesses motifs presented in the lithograph portfolio, but they can be

discerned only at a closer examination. It off-sets the notion of “exotic” Balkan

countries, which is still very much alive, against a comprehensive design embedding

the above-mentioned motifs. Furthermore, the work also explores the imperialism of

the imagination and the origins of the Western ideas, perceptions, and stereotypes

about the Balkans as a “periphery”.