The show is part of a main project based on a reflection that the curator Rona Kopeczky has made up on Katalin Ladik's action of 1975. On that year, the Yugoslav neo-avant-garde artist of Hungarian descent, Katalin Ladik, performed an action entitled Identification (Identifikacija) on the stairs of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
The occasion of her visit to the Austrian capital was a group exhibition presenting Yugoslav avant-garde art, in which she figured as one member of the Vojvodinian Bosch+Bosch group (1969–1976).The documentation of the piece took the form of two photographs, the first one shows her standing in front of a long Yugoslav flag hanging from the first floor, above the stairs, leading to the entrance of the prestigious Viennese institution, the second one presents her behind the flag.
In the words of the artist, "I was playing with a possible scenario, with the idea of representing something that I would assume or not, like a role play, questioning the political, or any recognized and accepted schema, while I was there representing a country, in a position in which there were a lot of expectations, and the flag of this country was weighing on me as a burden".
The exhibition explores different narratives, contexts and practices of identification through the work of six contemporary women artists from Central-Eastern Europe.
Jasmina Cibic, Katalin Ladik, Šejla Makerić, Luiza MArgan, Tanja Ostojić, Selma Selman and Katarina Šević.
Katalin Ladik, Identification (Identifikacija), on the stairs of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna 1975