8TH MARCH DISCUSSIONS – Maja Solar, Jelena Petrović and Paula Petričević


Discussions on 8th March: Post-Yugoslav heritage of Socialist Feminism
Maja Solar / Jelena Petrović / Paula Petričević

and the opening of the exhibition ‘Drugarice – Women’s Movement in Montenegro 1943-1953’ in Podgorica.

/ Petrović Foundation, Dvorac Petrović, Kruševac.
/ 08.03.2018, from 18h.

In the Foundation ‘Petrović Njegoš’ at Kruševac, on March 8, at 18.00, will be organized the discussion titled Post-Yugoslav heritage of Socialist Feminism and in the same space, at 20:00, there will be the opening of the exhibition Drugarice – Women’s Movement in Montenegro 1943 -1953.

The Discussions on 8th March, are organized this year for the first time, with participants: Paula Petričević, Maja Solar, and Jelena Petrović. They will talk about the legacy of the Yugoslav women’s movement, the reasons for neglecting and falsifying memories of the Anti-fascist Women’s movement, and whether and how this legacy can be functional in the context of contemporary post-Yugoslavian and global debates about the future and the challenges of feminism.

The exhibition Drugarice is dedicated to the reconstruction and reinterpretation of memories of the emancipatory contributions of the women’s movement during the Anti-fascist Front of Women in Montenegro and Yugoslavia from 1943 to 1953.
Authors of the exhibition are Nataša Nelević and Natalija Vujošević.
Artistic interventions are signed by Kristina and Adrijana Gvozdenović, Milena Pejović, Lenka Đorojević and Irena Lagator Pejović.
The texts in the article “What is AFW to us?” are signed by Boris Ristović and Miloš Vukanović, Paula Petričević, Ervin Dabedžinović, Milica Nikolić, Nataša Nelević and Maja Solar.

The partners of the exhibition include the State Archives – Archive of the History of the Workers’ Movement, National Library “Djurde Crnojević”, Public Relations Department of the General Secretariat of the Government of Montenegro (photo archive), The Historical Museum of Montenegro and the Local History Museum Bar.
The sponsor of the exhibition is the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro.
The event is organized within the Initiative for the establishment of the Women’s Museum of Montenegro.
The initiators and organizers of the program were NGO NOVA and the Institute for Contemporary Art, realized by ART365.

About participants of Discussions on 8th March:

Maja Solar
She received a Ph.D. in Philosophy with the theme “The problems of property rights in Ruso and Marx’s philosophy.” Engaged in political theory, she translates from English and French, writes poetry and prose. Since 2006 she is a member of the left-oriented theoretical and political collective “Gerussia”. She’s part of the editorial in the journal for theoretical practices “Stvar”. Maja has published three books of poetry (“Makulalalalatura”, „Jellemzõ, hogy nem természetes“ / „Naravno da nije prirodno“ and „Bez začina“). She is the author of about thirty scientific papers in the field of social theory. Areas of interest: Marxism, feminism, socialism, property theory, luxury theory, anti-fascism, and fascism, etc. Since 2015, she translates for the Serbian edition of the newspaper “Le monde diplomatique”

Jelena Petrović
(Co)author of numerous texts, publications, art events, exhibitions, and projects that deal with (post) Yugoslav space, its feminist history, politics of memory, artistic and curatorial practices in the direction of new epistemological models of production and engagement of knowledge. She received her Ph.D. at the Faculty of Postgraduate Studies Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis (ISH) in Ljubljana on the topic of female authorship in Yugoslavia between the two world wars (2009). In the period from 2009 to 2014, she was a member of the art-theoretical group Monument. In addition to various guest lectures (UNAM, Mexico; ISH Ljubljana, ZHdK Zirih, FPN, Belgrade …), she founded a course on contemporary feminist contemporary art curating at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, within which she taught from 2014 to 2017. At the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, within the guest professorship about the artistic history of Central and South-Eastern Europe, she taught about theory and (contra)history of post-Yugoslavian art practices (2015-2017). She is co-founder and a member of the feminist curatorial group Red Min(e)d (2011) with whom she made a series of exhibitions in the frame of a long-term project Living Archive project (redmined.org). Jelena is currently living and working between Belgrade-Vienna as an independent author, researcher, and theoretician of feminism and art.

Paula Petričević
Philosopher, publicist, feminist theoretician, and activist. She is doing her master’s studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade (the theory of culture). She did numerous specialist studies. Her texts (on feminist theories, political and social issues) are published in thematic journals, monographic publications, and theoretical journals in Montenegro and the region. Paula is a columnist in the daily newspaper “Vijesti”.