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Yugoslav Performance Art: On the Deferred Production of Knowledge

Goran Pavlić


In order to fully understand the theoretical engagements with the specificities of Yugoslav performance art presented in this issue, it is necessary to first acknowledge the particular political heritage of this art. The position of the socialist Yugoslav state between the Western and Eastern blocs — manifested on the international level in its participation in the Non-Aligned Movement — deeply affected artistic production and its immediate theoretical reflection. The epistemological ambiguity of such a position leads to a “deferred production of knowledge”: delayed or marginalised within the Western European context, yet privileged and entitled in construing its own original political and artistic trajectory. Goran Pavlić introduces the themed issue on Yugoslav performance art with an outline of the theoretical approaches relevant to the included articles.

Image: The pavilion of Yugoslavia designed by the Croatian architect Vjenceslav Richter. The 1958 Brussels World’s Fair (Expo 58). 


Yugoslavia; Europe; socialism; performance art; standpoint epistemology; revisionism.

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Apparatus. ISSN 2365-7758