Transition and figural/textual body in visual art and poetry: Tanja Ostojić and AWIN’S School of poetry and theory
In the article I discuss the work of visual artist Tanja Ostojić and experimental poetry produced by the Awin’s group of feminist poets in the context of globalism and Serbian transition. Pointing to the transformations of the field of art and field of poetry in the last tree decades, I outline the broader artistic contexts by Nicolas Bourriaud’s term “relational aesthetics” and Miško Šuvaković's term “art in the age of culture.” Considerig the broader concepts of the “body,” I refer to the body as object, body as subject, and body as performance, which includes considering the power relations and dominant social discourses. Focussing my attention at Ostojić’s work Looking for a Husband with EU Passport I deal with the migrant body which symbolizes “otherness” of democracy. Shifting the focuss to the work of Awin’s group of poets, I discuss the possibilities of experimental poetry practice in postsocialism, and the figural/textual body as an index of identity and ethnicity (Jelena Savić), procreative body and technologies of motherhood (Ljiljana Jovanović), procreative body and surveillance technologies (Snežana Roksandić-Karan), body of the Muse of a female poet as hybrid body (Danica Pavlović), and the function of dirty words in the postsocialist feminist poetry (Maja Solar).