Gallery Galzenica invites all interested artists to submit art proposals
for their new exhibition programme entitled Globalization and Identity.
Deadline: 15th of June 2008.
In the early 1990 s, two major changes were taking place in Croatia:
political and territorial independence from ex Yugoslavia and the first
wave of economic globalisation. As you may know, globalisation is the
economic model that, after the break up of European socialist countries,
with the help of the new technologies (the Internet, mobile networks
etc.), created new ways of making profit. Two opposite social processes
were the consequence of that: degradation of national economies and
proliferation of particular cultural identities.
During 1990 s, the countries of Middle and southeaste Europe were in
search of their position on the new map of Europe and thus found
themselves in a paradox situation of parallel decentralization of economy
and nationalization of culture. The more cultural practice seemed
traditional and particular, the more it represented self-identification
model for newly formed countries. Although impossible for the global
application, the model of so-called traditional culture became the pattern
applicable to national culture through various local and group identities.
The expansion of local media, equality of dialects, World Music and
lifestyle culture are only few of the phenomena that could not exist
without tension between global and national.
The 2009 programme of the Gallery Gal enica casts light on questions such
as what the difference between Europe of nations and Europe of regions is.
Are these countries, once behind the iron curtain , and their great
national stories anachronism or last, though unrepresentative evidence
that modernism is an open-end process (Habermas)?
Furthermore, is the issue of individual, local or national identity rather
an interest of marketing and profit making than the process of personal
and social development? Does globalisation actually encourage
fundamentalism, chauvinism and xenophobia? If yes, what are possible
reasons for multiculturalism? Where has the idea of cosmopolitism
disappeared? Is the only choice we have the one between bad and worse?
We invite you to send your proposal for participation to
Klaudio Stefancic, a curator and a director of the Gallery Galzenica, and
Ivana Hanacek, a curator assistant, will carefully review all the
proposals. All submitters will be informed about their application by 1