Mass Ornament

MASS ORNAMENT (Installation)

The Mass Ornament consists of series of wallpapers and posters developed in collaboration with dramaturge Ana Vujanović. Shown for the first time in the UK, The Mass Ornament investigates one of the most controversial, yet little known, mass public performances (slets) of the late Yugoslav era – the annual Youth Day celebration of 1987.

Slets were large-scale state-organised performances functioning to promote and render visible the revolutionary socialist ideals of former Yugoslavia. Seven years after Tito’s death, on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and only a few years before the eruption of civil war in the Yugoslav states, this second-to-last slet became a pop-folk-revolutionary hybrid, a spectacle that displayed striking signs of the country’s imminent collapse. Тhis spectacle remained somehow unseen by the spectators.

Belgrade-based Marta Popivoda is a filmmaker and video artist. Her work explores discursive power structures of the contemporary (art) world, intersections between performance and film, and the Yugoslav socialist project. Marta’s work has been presented at major galleries worldwide. Her film Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body premiered at the 63rd Berlinale and will be screened at HOMEmcr on Sat 21 Oct.