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Happy birthday Metelkova

On the 10th of September 2013 the autonomous cultural center Metelkova mesto in Ljubljana turned 20 years old.

When I was invited by Kud Mreža to make an Urban Art Project for the anniversary I decided to make a memorial stone of the squatting 20 years earlier. The stone is a sister copy of a monument in the Škver shipyards of Mali Lošinj, Croatia, commemorating the workers’ take over of the work place in 1950. The time-span that stretches from Yugoslavian workers’ self management in the 1950’s to the hard-fought autonomy of the Slovenian cultural center in 2013 tells a story about capitalist development that turns factories to dust and art movements to creative industries. But the stones are still standing.

And so, the memorial stone for Metelkova’s 20th anniversary is also the 4th part of the series “Renovating the shipyards”, an ongoing project with film maker Igor Bezinović. Read the full documentation here.

The Metelkova monument was created in collaboration with sculptur Tomaž Furlan and Dejan Jayasinghe from Kunovar & kamni In Ljubljana.

The Urban Art Projects is a project for artistic renovation of ACC Metelkova mesto by Kud Mreža.