‘Consumer Culture Landscapes in Socialist Yugoslavia’ book promotion will take place at the National Library of Kosovo, Prishtina
Friday, February 7th 2020 at 18 00
The book will be presented by two of the editors, Nataša Bodrožić and Saša Šimpraga, alongside with one of the featured authors, architect Eliza Hoxha from the University of Prishtina.
Prishtina is one of the stops of the regional presentation of the book, following the footsteps of architect Živorad Janković- one of the authors of today’s Adem Jashari (former Boro & Ramiz) Center in Prishtina.
About the book:
Socialist Yugoslavia was a unique experiment with progressive social forms that were matched by specific urban and spatial development. Since the end of the 1960’s until the country’s disintegration in the 1990’s is a period of ambiguity: while according to some researchers, the market-oriented economic reforms brought a much needed opening and liberalization, according to others it marked the beginning of an end of the revolutionary demand for equality. Thus, the anti-utopianism of the consumer welfare reflected in the rise of the middle class with its recognisable habits and taste.
Following a specific architectural typology, this book delves into this period which brought along social and economic changes. It focuses on the sports and shopping centre Koteks Gripe in Split and similar architectural complexes in Sarajevo, Novi Sad, and Prishtina all designed by the Sarajevo based architect Živorad Janković and associates, gradually expanding towards broader considerations of the architectural practice, contention and coalescence within the Yugoslav modernist project.
Editors: Nataša Bodrožić, Lidija Butković Mićin, Saša Šimpraga
Authors: Nataša Bodrožić, Lidija Butković Mićin, Saša Šimpraga, Tvrtko Jakovina, Igor Duda, Ana Grgić Sanja, Matijević Barčot, Branislav Dimitrijević, Dragan Markovina, Darovan Tušek, Jurica Pavičić, Diana Magdić, Mariana Bucat, Robert Plejić, Filip Kobzinek, Mejrema Zatrić, Mirza Mehaković, Aleksandar Bede, Eliza Hoxha + Ana Dana Beroš, Nikola Bojić, Luka Skansi, Brian Shipman, Borka Bobovec, Ivana Prijatelj Pavičić, Christian Maijstre
Publishers: Slobodne veze/Looose Associations (Zagreb) and Onomatompee (Eindhoven)
The Motel Trogir project has been supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the Kultura Nova Foundation.