The exhibition that took place as a part of the Belgrade segment of the They:Live project was titled after the last art project of Uroš Krčadinac, which was created and developed in the Student City in constant exchange with students. The title of Uroš's art project, and thus of the exhibition, is All-Aligned, which is the artist's play on words that refers to the historical legacy of the Yugoslav and Third World policies of non-alignment and thereby indicates the essential difference between the refusal to align and today's "fashion" of identity alignment. The goal of this "game" lies in raising the question of the political potential of identity politics and pointing out the commercial logic that is often hidden behind identity pluralism.
Considering that the exhibition was named after Uroš's artistic project, it is clear that it was organized in such a way as to present in the best possible way the results of the dialogue between the flag generator and the students of Studenjak, which was realized during the residency and workshops. The entrance of the white cube of the Gallery of DKSG was transformed into a somewhat disorienting labyrinth made out of generated flags with which we wanted to create an experience for the audience that visually and bodily felt the current confusing infinity of identities. We treated the initial gallery wall with an educational approach, deciding to introduce the audience to the logic of digital capital, the lucrative design of monopolistic social network algorithms, as well as our current insights about student identities based on the collected data. The rest of the exhibition was dedicated to the outcomes of specific cases of interaction between Uroš's art project and students. During the residency, the artist approached the students he found in the public spaces of Studenjak, briefly presented his art project and asked them to generate their flags and briefly answer questions about their wishes, interests and the like. After that, Uroš would ask them to take a photo of the students with the flags they had generated. The flags and responses, as well as reactions to the artist's approach and his work, were the most diverse, and we wanted to present the diversity of the Student City against homogenizing categories such as students or Serbs. The last part of the exhibition was dedicated to the students' relationship with history through a workshop in which they created individual flags for the students shown on archival photos collected from former and current residents of the Student City from the 1950s to the present day.
Lav Mrenović, curator from Belgrade
Photo: Anđela Dabić