SMArt Talks

Amorous Nations

Edit András

🗓 19th of April 2023

📍Hans Belting Library (Veveří 470/28, 602 00 Brno)


The presentation is about love-affairs with Socialism and Nationalism.

In the existing Socialism women were declared equal, and emancipation was regarded accomplished. However, the hero embodying the whole community was men by default even if the relationship between the male leaders and female members of the societies differed greatly in various Socialist countries.

As of nationalism, since it emerged at about the same time as the concept of masculinity, the nation state could be seen as a masculinist enterprise legitimizing the dominance of men over women. Nationalism and neo-nationalism are not even bothered with covering their gendered nature with their rhetoric; nation state is declaratively and essentially a hegemonic masculine institution.

The presentation explores the different attitudes of artists towards the leaders of Socialist states, such as Tito, during the time of Socialism and after wondering if the love towards the Alfa-man was a real one or rather a spell. What about the profound and eternal love for the fathers of the nation, whether carved in stone or existing as omnipresent, flesh and blood figures of our daily life?

The questions of who is the seducer and who is seduced, and also whose love is returned and whose is unrequited and thus doomed, will be posed.

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