Frames of 1968 in the Center for Cultural Decontamination
Venue: Center for Cultural Decontamination, Veljković Pavilion, Birčaninova 21, Belgrade
Time of visit: 11 – 19, free entrance
Authors: Tatomir Toroman and Momo Cvijović. Main photographs: Živorad Žika Vučić, Anton Vaš. Takođe: Stevan Kragujević, Mirko Lovrić, Miloš Rašeta, Aleksandar Stojanović. Associates: Marko Radovanović, Radovan Cukić, Jovana Stojadinović. Image processing: Jovana Stojadinović. Design: Mane Radmanović.
Production: Museum of Yugoslavia, in cooperation with the Archives of Yugoslavia and the Center for Cultural Decontamination. We would like to thank the National Library, the Yugoslav Film Archive, especially Aleksandar Erdeljanović and Marijana Cukućan; the Initiative for marking 80 years since the first issue of the magazine “Student”, especially Branka Otašević, and Zeljko Levnaić.
Half a century after one of the most turbulent events in socialist Yugoslavia, there can still be found relatively unknown and unexplored documentary material that allows us to better contextualize, perceive once again, and analyze students protest in 1968. Photos by photojournalists of TANJUG as well as the reports that Josip Broz Tito received daily, intersect through the exhibition in a dramatic story of the release of utopian energy, of a lightning-fast breakthrough into the political sphere, of articulating political demands, of confused power, of unrealized possibilities and contradictions of Yugoslav socialism.
“We, the students and professors of the University of Belgrade entered a struggle following your thought that we have to move from words to action. The objectives of our fight are true enforcement and the development of self-management in all areas of our society, consistently and vigorously exercising a measure of social and economic reform, improving the status and empowerment of the working people in our society. We are together in that fight. We fully support the historic struggle you lead and we assure you we are an integral part of the progressive forces at the head of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia and Yourself.”
“Comrade President, we deliver a ‘short intelligence and political assessment on student demonstrations.’ We mention that we are not able to go into all aspects of political factors, nor into the extent to which some students’ requests are justified or not. Our goal is to present how we perceive all this, as a department. Our assessment is that the most reactionary forces took part in this, with the intention not to solve problems of students but to change the system and its leadership.”
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