90s: Scars



Scars: Reflections on Art and Society in Central-East Europe in the 1990s


Conference dates: – dates to be confirmed

City Museum of Rijeka
Krešimirova ulica 26, Rijeka, Croatia

Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka

Conference Concept
Sanja Sekelj, Institute of Art History, Zagreb
Janka Vukmir, Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb


The conference 
Scars: Reflections on Art and Society in Central-East Europe in the 1990shas been organised to accompany the exhibition 90s: Scars, featuring artworks from around twenty Central-East European countries that deal with social situations and political changes of the 1990s that are still present in personal and collective memories, and/or visible in the social reality and public space. Since the last decade of the 20thcentury only recently began receiving more scholarly attention in Croatia, the main goal of the exhibition and the conference is to initiate further interest in the research of the period, as well as to engage in a dialogue with researchers who deal with the countries that share similar or comparable political histories and cultural backgrounds. By gathering a wide array of academics, independent researchers, curators and theoreticians from fourteen countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Poland, the Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, the United States of America), some of who are early-career scholars, while others actively have participated in the cultural field of the decade in question, the aim of the conference is thus to engage in a transnational and intergenerational dialogue…. 


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS (listed alphabetically):

Konstantin Akinsha (independent researcher and curator, USA/Ukraine)
Zdenka Badovinac (Director, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Andreas Broeckmann (Academy of Fine Arts, (HGB – Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany)


PARTICIPANTS (listed alphabetically):

Flóra Barkóczi, HU; Jon Blackwood & Bojan Ivanov, UK/MK;
Sandra Bradvić, BiH; Marta Chmielewska, PL; Miha Colner, SLO;
Maja and Reuben Fowkes, UK; Flora Gado, HU; Edin Hajdarpašić, USA; Juliusz Huth, HU; Jasna Jakšić & Tihana Puc, HR; Kaja Kraner, SLO;
Cristina Moraru, RO; Christian Nae, RO; Ksenia Nouril, USA;
Stella Pelše, LV; Anne Pfautsch, DE; Dijana Protić, HR;
Sanja Sekelj & Željka Tonković, HR; Keiko Sei, JP; Anya Smirnova, UA;
Lilijana Stepančič, SLO; Kate Sutton, USA/HR; Janos Szoboslai, HU;
Milena Dragičević Šešić, RS; Darko Šimičić, HR; Jadranka Vinterhalter, HR.

All presentations are limited to 20-minutes.

The conference is free and open to everyone, with no registration fee.

A selection of the papers will be published in an edited volume.

The exhibition and the conference are organized within the frame of Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture.


Institute for Contemporary Art
Trg kralja Tomislava 20
HR – 10000 Zagreb
T: +385916199454