Vinča Preamble

Installation

(mixed media, wood, plaster, paper, metal)

60x30x6cm (tabula)

2014

Vinča is an archaeological site near Belgrade, Serbia, where the remains of a prehistoric pre-Indo- European culture (Turdaș-Vinča culture), originating in Middle Neolithic and traceable between 5400-4600 BC, were unearthed. Numerous pottery objects are decorated with different patterns and pictograms. Some scientists interpret them as a form of proto-script. This hypothesis, if proven, would move the invention of writing a millennium earlier.

Since its unearthing in 1908 a lot has been written about this archaeological culture. Up to the point where some authors draw meta-linguistic parallels between modern day Serbian words and toponyms and various paleo-languages (like Etruscan). What they aim to prove, is that that Serbian language (and thus culture) is in itself older than its Slavic lineage.

This type of manipulation became very popular during the recent Yugoslav wars.

In my interpretation a replica of ancient tabula, is inscribed with Vinča pictograms (as if it were an alphabet) in a formation that resembles text. Using various scientific and pseudoscientific sources to derive the symbols, a re-interpretable text is composed. It contains fragments of the Preamble of 2006 Constitution, where is emphasised how Kosovo is the most essential part of Serbia.

Vinča-Preamble tablet, enables thus a caricatural nationalistic universe of bizarre historical flow, where ancient cultures and aggressive local populism mix in a terrifying manner.

 

Vinca Preamble - Tabula, frontal view

Vinca Preamble – Tabula, frontal view

 

Vinca Preamble - Installation

Vinca Preamble – Installation

 

Vinca Preamble - front pages of "Politika"

Vinca Preamble – front pages of “Politika”

 

"Politika" 9.11.89 - Fall of the Berlin Wall

“Politika” 9.11.89 – Fall of the Berlin Wall

 

Visitors at the exhibition, June 2014

Visitors at the exhibition, June 2014

 

Vinca Preamble - Tabula (detail)

Vinca Preamble – Tabula (detail)

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