Past, Present and Future of the Balkan Migrations in Countries of Central and Western Europe

Opening: 2. May 2017, 7pm

2. ‒  3. May, conference
2. ‒ 11. May, exhibition
4. ‒  6. May, film screenings

Centre for Culture and Information (KIC)
Preradovićeva 5
10000 Zagreb 


A second multidisciplinary event in the framework of the project EUROPOLY takes place in Zagreb, realized in collaboration with four independent organisations – Bijeli val (Croatia), Krokodil (Serbia), Crvena (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and BLOCKFREI (Austria). The intention of the project is to research and map the intense social, cultural and artistic influence which this long-term wave of migrations made on the West Balkan countries, as well as the countries that mostly represented final migrant destination.
An exhibition, series of regional conferences and film screenings will be held during 2017 in four cities: Belgrade, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Vienna.
The framework and a starting point of EUROPOLY is the art project EUROPOLY – The European Union Identity Trading Game by the Serbian/Austrian artist Dejan Kaludjerović.



Art project EUROPOLY – The European Union Identity Trading Game is created in the form of a social game inspired by Monopoly. It questions the position of the immigrants in EU, general idea behind the EU, as well as the gap between ideals and practice. Citizens of the non-EU countries, who are working in the EU countries, have been photographed and with their professions are featured in the installation. Luck, to a great extent, determines the possible rise or fall of the players who wish to become part of the EU and acquire new European identity. The European Union defines European identity as something that is provided only within the Union and only to European Union citizens, although Europe does not end at the borders of the Union. However, the EU does have the power to define identity, the power to set up the rules of a game others have to join. The consumer society of the European Union has created a rule, that ’everything is for sale’, including even notions of identity.

As a part of the exhibition program, a video installation GUESTures (two channel installation, 2011, 33′) a long-term project by artist Margareta Kern will be presented which focuses on the overlooked histories of women migrant workers, reflecting the fragmented nature of memory and narrative, and thinking through the radical potential of an artwork as an archive and a memorial to the unsaid and the unheard. The project is dedicated to migrant women who were part of organised mass migration from the socialist Yugoslavia to West Germany in the late 1960s – as the guest workers or Gastarbeiter who worked in the factories that produce video and television equipment. Although they represent a large population of migrant workers, their stories are generally absent from the service history and the archives and the imaginary collective.

The exhibition is on view until 11. 5. 2017.



The conference in Zagreb consists of two panels, the first one dedicated to socially engaged art practices critical to the migration and EU cultural policy and the second panel focused on the policies of identity and migration practices on the (non) imaginary Balkan.

Film screenings will show eight recent films and cult classics that question the hybrid position of gastarbeiters and migrants in Balkan-European everyday life – from ethnological studies Halo München by Krsto Papić, to the dark humor documentary Dragan – Wende West Berlin by Lena Müller and Dragan von Petrović to the subversive film Montenegro by Dušan Makavejev.


Tuesday, 2. May 

7pm: EUROPOLY  The European Union Identity Trading Game (opening of the exhibition)

The European multicultural projects and socially engaged art practices: carrot and stick play (panel)

Participants: Andreja Kulunčić (artist), Tanja Ostojić (artist), Bojan Krištofić (art critic, designer)

Wednesday, 3. May

9pm: (Non)imaginary Balkans – identity politics and migration practices (debate)

Participants: Marina Gržinić Mauhler (philosopher, theorist, artist), Marijana Hameršak (scientific associate at the Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb), Viktor Koska (political scientist) and Duško Petrović (anthropologist).

Thursday, 4. May

7pm: Halo München (d. Krsto Papić, Yugoslavia, 1968, 12′), The second generation (d. Želimir Žilnik, Yugoslavia, 1983, 88′)
9pm: Special trains (d. Krsto Papić, Yugoslavia, 1972, 16′), Undertaker (d. Dragan Nikolić, Germany/Serbia, 2013, 53′)

Friday, 5. May 

7pm: Dragan Wende – West Berlin (d. Lena Müller, Dragan von Petrović, Germany/Serbia, 2013, 87′)
9pm: Flotel Europa (d. Vladimir Tomić, Denmark/Serbia, 2015, 72′)

Saturday, 6. May 

7pm: Katzelmacher (d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, FR Germany, 1969, 88′)
9pm: Montenegro (d. Dušan Makavejev, Sweden/GB, 1981, 96′)



The program EUROPOLY in Zagreb was organized by the association Bijeli Val.

Local partners: Goethe-Institut KroatienKIC

The project is supported by Allianz Kulturstiftung, ERSTE Foundation, Federal Chancellery of Austria, The City of Vienna, Austrian Cultural Forum in Serbia, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, The City of Zagreb, 8th District of Vienna, Eurocomm-PR GmbH.





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