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The CADN Speaker Series presents:

Bojana Videkanic, University of Waterloo (Fine Arts),

"Nonaligned Modernism: Tracing Transnational Artistic Ties Between Second and Third Worlds"

Friday, February 12, 2021

3:00pm – 5:00pm

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There will be a social event following the talk.


The term ‘nonaligned modernism’ is a part of a growing field of study that seeks to decenter canonical, hierarchical post-WWII art histories. It challenges the idea that Western art represented the epicenter of modernism by uncovering a system of what I term “transnational solidarities” established by artists, intellectuals, and arts managers of the Second and Third Worlds.  More specifically, I look at the exceptional role that the artistic diplomacy of the socialist Yugoslavia played in this process by examining Yugoslavia’s championing of various forms of modernisms: from politically engaged art, Naïve art, abstraction, to art referencing anti-Fascist struggle. 

Bojana Videkanic is an Associate Professor of contemporary art and visual culture in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on the 20th-century socialist art in Yugoslavia and its contributions to the rise of global modernisms.

This talk is presented by the MA program in Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories (CADN) at OCAD U.

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