• Milica Tomić at Summer School as School 2018
Milica Tomić: One Day, Instead of One Night, a Burst of Machine-Gun Fire Will Flash, if Light cannot come Otherwise

Milica Tomić at Summer School as School 2018
July 20, 2018, 19:00
Venue: Boxing Club

Summer School as School
July 16 – August 2, 2018

Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina is pleased to announce the presentation “One day, instead of one night, a burst of machine-gun fire will flash, if light cannot come otherwise” by Milica Tomić, part of Summer School as School 2018 Public Program.

Milica Tomić action "One day, instead of one night, a burst of machine-gun fire will flash, if light cannot come otherwise" named after a fragment of a poem by Yugoslav partisan and writer Oskar Davičo, consists of a photography, video and newspaper documentation of walking actions she carried out between September and October 2009 in which Tomć revisited forgotten sites in Belgrade where anti-Fascist action were mounted during WWII. Her work addresses social amnesia and the erasure of the memory of the anti-Fascist struggle of the People Liberation Struggle, and reveals its relevance to the present moment with its invisible forms of fascism embedded in the administration of social life. Tomić work is as a public intervention that symbolically rebuilds a non-material monument to the political imagination, its past and its present. By commenting the legislative limitations on the rights to engage in civil disobedience and to use public space in general, the artist indirectly questions the counter-violence against terror sanctioned by an idea of the nation-state that justifies the suspension of all constitutional procedures and legal protections."
WHW (Who, How & for Whom)

Milica Tomić is Yugoslavian-born artist and Head of IZK-Institute for Contemporary Art (TU Graz). Her work centres on unearthing and bringing to public debate issues related to political violence, economic underpinnings and social amnesia. As a response to the commitment to social change and the new forms of collectivity it engenders, Milica Tomić has made a marked shift from individual to collective artistic practice. She is a founding member of the new Yugoslav art/theory group, "Grupa Spomenik" [Monument Group, 2002]; she conceived and initiated the cross-disciplinary project Four Faces of Omarska [2010]..
From 1998 Tomic has participated in international exhibitions such as 24th Sao Paulo Biennale [1998], 49th/50th Venice Biennale [2001/2003]; 8th International Istanbul Biennial [2003]; Populism, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam/Frankfurter Kunstverein [2005]; 15th Sydney Biennale [2006]; Prague Bienniale [2007]; Manufacturing Today/Trondheim Biennale [2010]; 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Gyumri, Armenia [2008]; 10th Sharjah Biennial [2011], Odessa Biennial [2013], After Year Zero /Forensis, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany [2013/2014], Invisible Violence, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art, Vitoria [2014]; The School of Kyiv - The Biennial [2015]; Monuments Should Not be Trusted, Nottingham Contemporary [2016]; Red Africa at Calvert 22, London/Galeria Avenida da Índia, Lisbon, Portugal [2016/17], Body Luggage, Kunsthaus Graz [2017], Sequences. Art of Yugoslavia and Serbia, MoCAB, Belgrade [2017], Exhibiting at the Trowel Edge [2018], steierischer herbst etc.