ALEKSANDRA DOMANOVIĆ

Commission for 4th Marrakech Biennale


For the 4th Marrakech Biennale, Aleksandra Domanović has been commissioned to create a large public sculpture that reconstructs a part of her personal history (a modernist Yugoslav monument), combined with the ancient and local technique of tadelakt finishing. Amongst the typical post-WWII Yugoslav socialist memorials, the towering abstract public monuments of the 60s and 70s most convincingly broke with the earlier canon of memorial sites in the region. They reconfigured the established relationship between politics and aesthetics in the realm of monuments, and can be seen as examples of Yugoslav neo- avant garde art: “They open the scene for numerous associations; they could be ambassadors from far-away stars, or from a different, unrealized present. The monuments invoke a utopian moment, stick to aniconism, and translate the promise of the future into a universal gesture.” - Robert Burghardt


Aleksandra Domanović


Memorial park Bubanj, 1963
Niš (today Serbia)
by Ivan Sabolić