The military Operation "Storm" marked the liberation of Croatia from the serbo-croatian war. The “Written-off” was organized as an artistic statement and protest against the 20st anniversary celebration of the Operation "Storm" in which many civilians lost lives, as well as for raising awareness about book destruction - a cultural genocide that happened in that time on both sides.
The performance was a public reading of texts of the two of the most accomplished writers of the 20st century, Miroslav Krleza from Croatia and Danilo Kis, a Serbian writer living in Paris. What they had in common were their views against nationalism and active expression of resistance to fascism through culture.
15 performers / readers occupy various
strategic positions on the main square of Zagreb, the Square of Ban Josip Jelacic. For several hours, each starts reading a different chapter of the assign books "Banket u blitvi" by Krleza and Grobnica za Borisa Davidovica by Kis, both of the works refract Yugoslavia's politics and culture and what has inherited it.
The performers read loud, but loud enough so that only the closest passers-biers can hear them, louring them to stop by an listen. In this way, an intimate space between passers-biers and readers is created within the public space, whereby these different readers act as one body occupying the space.
© Luiza Margan 2020