Local Utopias in Tuzla

The first issue of critical and subversive Revizor Fanzin will be launched on Friday, 11 May 2018, at 8pm in Ismet Mujezinović’s studio (Klosterska bb), Tuzla. Revizor Fanzin is a critical, subversive and nomadic media aimed at networking with likeminded people in other towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina and neighborhood. Revizor Fanzin strives to strengthen the network of proactive individuals, affirmation of the idea of public critique and the culture of dialogue that implies pluralism and ideological diversity that is not confined to exclusive and closed circles, but opened toward a broad spectrum of audience. The nomadic character of the Fanzin as an unconventional method of publishing wants to map, in the planned five issues, some socially critical positions in Bihać, Tuzla, Split, Banja Luka and Rijeka and, through a spontaneous yet active network, define new standards in the field of socially responsible action within the above spaces. By-passing the centers like Sarajevo or Zagreb, Revizor Fanzin underscores the strengthening of an independent and open civic action in periphery, and mutual exchange of experiences, challenges and possibilities. By doing so, it strives to accentuate social and cultural phenomena framed by the processes of post-socialist, post-industrial and post-conflict environment.

The first issue of Revizor Fanzin entitled Local Utopias, focused on the cases from the city of Bihać, will be launched in Tuzla. Texts authored by: Danijela Majstorović, Azra Hromadžić, Hrvoje Jurić, Šeherzada Džafić, Isra Tatlić, Amir Husak, Irfan Hošić, Žana Vukičević, Hajrudin Hromadžić, Alma Midžić and Aleksander Jandrić, and the works of artists: Majda Pilipović, Boris Stapić, Emir Toromanović, Dino Rekanović, Adnan Suljkanović, Edis Vojić, Sead Mujić, Selma Selman, Alisa Burzić, Damir Nikšić, Dinko Hošić and Adi Dizdarević – are represented in this issue of Revizor. At the same time, the Bihać issue Local Utopias will serve as initiation into the conceptualization of the Tuzla issue to be published in June 2018, and finally presented to the audience in Split. Possibilities of networking of above-mentioned cities will be discussed at the launch, along with the character of nomadic and experimental publications and, finally, the role of culture and art in current social and political moment of the region that shares joint past and traumatic post-war heritage. The editor of the Bihać issue of Revizor Fanzin is Irfan Hošić, while graphic design is signed by Adnan Suljkanović and Damir Midžić.

Damir Arsenijević (Front slobode, Tuzla), Irfan Hošić (Revizor Foundation, Bihać), Amir Husak (artist, New York/Bihać), Duška Boban (activist, Split), Ivana Meštrov (Slobodne veze, Split), Danijela Majstorović (Бasoc, Banjaluka) and Marina Tkalčić (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka) will take part in the launch.


Damir Arsenijević is a psychoanalyst-in-training and a theoretician. He is the professor of Anglo-American Literature at the University of Tuzla. He interests include ways of association of labor in the area of solidary knowledge production.

Irfan Hošić is Assistant Professor at Textile Department of the University of Bihać. In his research, he is focused on visual arts in the contexts of crisis. He is an art critic and a curator.

Amir Husak is a multi media artist and lecturer at the Department for Media and Documentary Film at The New School University in New York. He is active in the fields of photography, documentary film and new media.

Duška Boban is a visual artist and activist from Split, who initiates debates, through various cultural practices and media actions, on the relevance of preservation of cultural and natural values of cities, particularly of architectural and urban heritage of the 20th century.

Ivana Meštrov is an art historian and a curator, who works at the Department of Arty History of the University of Split. She deals with social aspects of contemporary artistic practices with an emphasis on post-transition context.

Danijela Majstorović is a professor at the University of Banja Luka, where she teaches Discourse Analysis and Cultural Studies. She researches social movements and sociality in post-socialism, Marxist feminism and relations between center and periphery.

Marina Tkalčić is an ethnologist and a museologist. She works at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts in Rijeka, as coordinator of European Risk Change project. She is a staff member of the Libela on-line portal.org that deals with gender- and sex-related issues and democracy..

 

The issue of Local Utopia is also accessible in PDF format.