O projektu

<p><strong>DEFRAMING HISTORY / project description</strong></p>

<p>Through series of tactical interventions in domains of regional cultures and politics of memory project Deframing History has an aim to creatively confront the trends of historical revisionism and related hegemonic ideological frameworks of recent rewritings of history. Through workshops, seminars, debates and other activities, artists, activists, professionals, experts and general public share analytical skills and ambitions in counteracting the trends of falsifying, negation and relativizing of common histories. Based on the (re)affirmation and distribution of scientifically based historical knowledge, project participants work on disclosure of political, economic and cultural damage imposed by non-scientific historical narratives, which are often silently or loudly supported by the state. The Project is implemented in four different contexts, which are characterized by many common general problems and locally specific developments in culture and politics of memory.<br />
In the course of 20 participatory events the Project builds the horizon of emancipation from the ruling discourse of historical revisionism, as well as from the ruling media language, from the culture of non-involvement, not-asking and not-knowing. Since the Project partners see historical revisionism as a tool for manipulation of the present and usurpation of the future of post-Yugoslav societies, they tend to develop a collaborative platform for various forms of cultural critique and resistance.</p>

<p>The process of historical revisionism often functions as a cornerstone for the establishment and hegemonic implementation of the new politics and policies of public memory and memorialization, and thus of the new political and economic order. Parallel to (regionally omnipresent) clearing of names and “air-brushing” of the well known deeds of even most notorious historic political movements and their warfare leaders, we witness the emergence of political and economic elites that see their utmost interest in ideological justification and official inauguration of so revised historical narratives. .</p>

<p>The revisionist processes based on “boggy science” (as opposed to regular scientifically based revisions of history) are present in all republics of former Yugoslavia and are being conducted through the spectrum of official discursive practices like school curriculum, museum exhibitions, juridical processes of clearing names, restitution, politics of naming and renaming of streets or institutions, official cultural and artistic productions etc. Due to devastating effect to cultural and political life, a number of theoreticians, activists and artists critically commented and resisted to this practice but the hegemony of revisionist narratives is still in its full swing.</p>

<p>We see and feel the necessity to provide more space and time for the further substantial detection, analyses and critique of the observed revisionist tendencies, strategies and their impacts.</p>