Following the exhibition ‘Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980’ at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Southeast European Future Festival continues to focus on the post-Yugoslav cultural space.

See the award-winning documentary Unwanted Heritage by the Croatian filmmaker Irena Skoric. The film considers thousands of WWII monuments that were built throughout the former Yugoslavia in the period 1945–1990.

Many of these monuments were of a high artistic value, having been designed by some of Yugoslavia’s most prominent artists. Since the 1990s, half of them have been damaged or destroyed.

The film charts the fate of the works of art laid to waste and also looks at a society that disowned both valuable art and a significant aspect of its history.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion exploring questions of post-Yugoslav identity.

About the Panel:

This panel will be moderated by Ana Russell-Omaljev (Creative Director, Contemporary Balkan Art), and will feature Marko Ilic (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, SSEES UCL) Dragan Pavlovic (Visiting Lecturer, University of East London) Goran Vodicka (Lecturer in Architecture, Sheffield Hallam University)

The panel is followed by:

Short film
Musical Traumas  by Milos Tomic
Musical Traumas came to fruition as the result of the director’s obsession with music schools. It is a rhythmic compilation of traumatic, but amusing confessions of former students, as well as an attempt to visualise music with scrumptious, hand-drawn animation. The experiences may be documentary, but the image comes straight from the world of musical impressions.

Audio and video performance
Do Your Thing Storm by Ana Seferovic

About the festival:

Southeast European Future Fest (SEFF) brings post-Yugoslav culture, music and architecture to Shoreditch. A one-day celebration of Southeast European creativity and heritage. See what else is on as part of SEFF here