The Conceptual Art Centre Bukovje/Landskrona Publication

Bukovje 35, 6230 Postojna
Slovenia

Chief Editors
Conny Blom & Nina Slejko Blom

Contributing Editors
Tomas Åsén, Klara Sax, Leon Zuodar, Miran Mohar, Viktor Bernik, Vasja Cenčič, Ulf Rådström, Klara Antonija SB

Art Director
Klara Sax

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NO 27,The Slovene Issues Issue, 2020

 

In this issue:

- Our authority is that of the people! The Slovene Issues by Conny Blom

- "New Collectivism" studio presents their new poster “Our authority is that of the people!”. Feel free to print it and place it in your physical or virtual environment. 

A high-resolution file for printing is available here.

New Collectivism is kindly asking you to send your photos of the poster placement to info@nskstate.com and new.collectivism@gmail.com with information about its location and confirmation to allow them to publish or share your photos. If you wish, you can also give them your name to give authorship to your photos.

 

 

On the cover:

Poster "Our Authority is that of the People" by New Collectivism

 

     
 
 

Our authority is that of the people!

The Slovene Issues, by Conny Blom

 

Nothing shows how important free culture is for the well-being of a society more clearly than the urgency with which despotic regimes are trying to silence it. We have seen it time and time again. In Hungary, leading authorities at state cultural institutions have been replaced by people whose main merit is loyalty to the regime. In Poland, the government party Law and Justice is continuously working on reshaping the strong Polish cultural tradition into a propaganda apparatus that will confirm the government's own worldview. Now the same thing is happening in Slovenia, without international media commenting on it to any great extent.

Cultural workers in general belong to the better-educated and well-informed citizens, and besides they work professionally with communicating with text, image and sound, so they possess through their professions the right tools to see through populist manipulation and propaganda. In addition, cultural workers know how to make their criticisms visible, and thereby they become enemies of any regime that wants to silence all opposition and rule without being questioned.

Since March 2020, when Slovenia's own Berlusconi, Janez Janša, and his right-wing populist party SDS took over power in the country, a war has been waged against the state's cultural workers and institutions, sometimes under the disguise of Covid-19 measures. New, government-allied directors have already been appointed at both the Museum of Architecture and Design and the Ethnographic Museum in the country's capital Ljubljana. In both cases, the field experts have questioned the competence of the new managers, but it is clearly not their expertise that was the basis for the appointments. Recently, it also became clear that the internationally renowned Zdenka Badovinac, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, is being manoeuvred away. Her position will end on December 22 when, despite strong support from both her staff and the museum's board, she will be replaced by a much less qualified gentleman appointed as acting director.

In some countries, the governments distribute crisis money to cultural workers and institutions, but in Slovenia the corona crisis is seen as an opportunity to destroy cultural workers' possibilities to support themselves. For example, all already granted but non-issued funds to Slovenian filmmakers have been withdrawn and thus the Slovene film sector has been gutted out and virtually all film production has been stopped. Recently, the well-known, socially critical Slovene rapper Zlatko (Zlatan Čordić) who has been active in the widespread protests against the new government, saw his social insurance withdrawn, an obvious threat to all critics of the regime: "If you question us, we withdraw your right to healthcare and sick leave". This blatant and shameless action by the government is a shocking attack on free speech and the democratic society and should be strongly condemned by the EU. Only totalitarian states use threats to silence the opposition, and Janez Janša and his SDS have with these acts confessed their true colours.

Taking inspiration from Donald Trump, the prime minister (previously jailed for corruption) tweets lies that fuel xenophobia and undermine trust in media and culture. All journalism that questions the government is "fake news" and cultural workers are lazy parasites that eat away at the state treasury and also irresponsibly spread Covid-19 through their protests (for example bicycle demonstrations where the protesters kept two meters distance). When, with closed borders, it was no longer possible to blame the spread of corona on foreigners, the government focused wholeheartedly on defaming cultural workers and singularly blaming them for Slovenia's now being one of Europe's worst affected countries. The government has also set its sights on state-funded but independent journalism, in order to make room for the SDS-owned propaganda channel Nova24 as well as those owned by Orbán-linked Hungarian media outlets, like Demokracija.si and the anonymously authored tabloid Škandal24.

We watch with horror how our home-country's highly qualitative and internationally relevant cultural sector is being attacked in such a studied and calculated way, while at the same time freedom of speech and democracy are being severely undermined. In relation to this, it is well worth studying the cultural policies of fascist regimes throughout history. Media control has always been a central agenda as well as suppression of all free culture in favour of glorifying depictions of the own nations history. This is how it begins.

           
 

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