Expressions of solidarity with refugees can conceal essentialism and condescension based on citizenship, class and religion. Governments’ flagrant neglect of responsibilities entailed by use of the ‘we’ reveals the aporias of a solidarity founded in national belonging, argues Suzana Milevska.
is a theorist and curator of visual art and culture from Macedonia. She holds a PhD in visual cultures from Goldsmiths College London. She was a recipient of the Fulbright Senior Research Scholarship and was awared the ALICE Award for Political Curating and Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory. Milevska initiated the project “Call the Witness–Roma Pavilion” (Venice Biennale, 2011). She was the first Endowed Professor for Central and South Eastern European Art Histories at the Academy of Fine Art, Vienna.
She is the editor of the reader On Productive Shame, Reconciliation and Agency (SternbergPress, 2016).
A paradigm shift from objects to subjects
The new tendency towards art that invites the participation of the viewer is both a response to philosophical texts re-defining of the concept of community and the communitarian, and a follow-up to the demand to make visible marginalized groups that have been excluded from public cultural life, argues Suzana Milevska.