Reunion Projects presents four day exhibition and series of talks
to coincide with Nemanja Cvijanovic's residency at the Austrian Cultural Forum

Featuring: Nemanja Cvijanovic, Nada Prlja, Sophie Hope
An opportunity for debate about what it means to be 'politically engaged'

Nemanja Cvijanovic's work conceptually explores socialist histories and constantly reconsiders the relationship between economics and politics sometimes to the extent of being censored. Past works include 'Pago la luce (Satisfied Light)', 2005, a large marble tomb stone of Josip Broz Tito which also acts as a radiator and 'Here the future begins now', 2004 a series of aluminium trays with symbols of modern life such as a BMW car cut-out of them. Displayed at the Erste Bank in Rijeka, Croatia, 'Here the future begins now' raised questions about loans offered to Croatian residents to help them meet their expectations of capitalist lifestyles. The work was removed after two days by the bank because it was apparently contributing to loss of clients. Nemanja will be presenting some of his recent work in the 4 day exhibition.

For the 4 day exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Nada Prlja will present the estate agency 'Give to Take' where she will attempt to sell (in the real sense of the word) properties in South Eastern Europe. 3 Markov Dvor in Belgrade, for example, is 'a beautiful four bed flat that has enormous charm and typical features of the socialist period...the property has been inherited through the generations and is currently occupied by mother, son, daughter-in-law and three year old baby'. Estate Agency "Give to Take" is a response to the current economic inequalities that citizens in Western and Eastern European countries are experiencing and mutually taking advantage of.

Three Reunion events in April to coincide with Nemanja Cvijanovic's residency in London:

4 DAY EXHIBITION: Nemanja Cvijanovic and Nada Prlja
Wed 11 - Sat 14 Apr, opening times: 12 - 4pm
at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PQ

MONEY MATTERS:
How is political art supported?
Presentations and discussion with Nemanja Cvijanovic, Nada Prlja and Sophie Hope
Thu 12 Apr, 7pm
Refreshments will be served and the exhibition will be open
At the Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PQ

CONTEXT MATTERS: Can political art travel and be understood?
As part of the public works Friday Session (on a Monday) with Nemanja Cvijanovic, Nada Prlja and Sophie Hope
Mon 23 Apr, 7pm
At public works Studio, Northgate House, 2-8 Scrutton Street, London EC2A 4RT

This series of events is an opportunity for debate about what it means to be 'politically engaged':

-What relationship do artists / curators have to a notion of political
action - as separate or integral to their practice?
-How and why is political art funded?
-How is this activity interpreted by funders and wider audiences?
-How do interpretations of political art differ across contexts?

Reunion is an art / research project by Sophie Hope that has received support from the Austrian Cultural Forum, London, Visiting Arts and the British Council. Nemanja's residency is funded by the Croatian Ministry of Culture.