Kontekst Gallery

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The Kontekst Gallery is a self-organised, non-commercial alternative venue located at the “Stari grad” Cultural Centre in Belgrade.1The Kontekst Gallery has been initiated as a programme of the Youth Forum of the “Stari grad” Cultural Centre owing to the openness of the Centre’s Director Ljubica Beljanski Ristić, who provided the space, financial and cialis line order logistical support required for the functioning of the Kontekst Gallery, thus initiating a programme of transforming a part of the Cultural Centre into a gallery serving as an exhibition venue, as well as a place of alternative education in the sphere of contemporary visual arts and culture. The Kontekst Gallery was officially opened on February 11th 2006. Since August 2007, the Kontekst Gallery has been developing within the framework of the non-profit platform for contemporary art and culture – “Kontekst”, but still as a programme of the “Stari grad” Cultural Centre. The period of three years of precarious work of the Gallery (and the Centre) represents an attempt at developing, surviving and struggling to function under the circumstances of constant unpredictability when it comes to the possibility of using the actual physical work space, trying to maintain and realise non-commercial programmes in a cultural institution trying to survive at a time when the “laws” of privatisation, profit and capital increasingly determine every form of cultural activity.2Over the last three years of its work, the Kontekst Gallery has been presenting primarily the works of young artists, as well as initiating discussions about phenomena in contemporary art, culture and society. Through exhibitions, presentations, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, etc., the Kontekst Gallery has tried to initiate and viagra for sale online develop a critical discourse on contemporary art and culture. Our work on producing a concept of the Gallery’s programme and its realisation has also represented to us a process of self-education, reflection, self-criticism and thinking. Therefore, the programme of the Gallery (as can be seen from this overview of our work over the past three years, and especially during the first year) has changed over time in the direction of creating a clearer and more coherent vision and profile of our activities within a social framework. What we have arrived at in the course of working and a constant process of learning and interaction with local and viagra online sale international art and – equally importantly – activist scenes, is an understanding of our work as a kind of space for critical and political action through contemporary art and culture.