Ivana Momčilović

Ivana Momčilović

Cable factory studios
Literature / Writer | Belgium
Residencies: 07.03.2018 — 02.04.2018, 08.05.2018 — 13.06.2018

Ivana Momčilović is a playwright (Academy of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade, Yugoslavia), poet researcher, translator and editor based in Brussels. Her work is focused on exploring the relationship between fiction and ideology, researching relations between (aesthetic) education, art, politics (knowledge/institutional knowledge) and collective intelligence. Her work is also focused on the displacement of philosophy and art in various spheres of everyday life (co-founder of the Cultural Committee for 13 charged workers of the steel factory Clabecq and Renault Belgium; Cultural Committee for the Movement of Undocumented Immigrants, Belgium; artistic support for the "Universal Embassy" project, occupation of the former Somalian Embassy in Brussels by the undocumented immigrants).  She is a founder of ‘Ei-migrative Art Collective’ (Belgium, established at the Festival Louvain la Neuve, Belgium, 1992), reclaiming the impossible gathering of ex-Yugoslav citizens during the wartime as the artwork. Migrative Art collective “liberated territories” by acts of “artistic occupation”. The collective’s aim was to re-establish the lost contact between people from the former Yugoslav federation, as well as to “introduce art” to Belgian universities and Belgian students. She also founded ‘Edicija Jugoslavija’ (2009), samizdat focused on the theory and poetics of emancipation and equality, publishing the work of contemporary theoreticians, philosophers, and Yugoslav surrealists. From 2007 she initiated Ph.D. in One Night as collective practice researching the role of art, artists, and aesthetic education -for all- in the transformation of society towards equality and emancipation.

Currently, She is finalizing a film: “Poems from which we learned” based on 10 years of collective, experimental and self-financed work focused on the link between art and emancipation.

In Helsinki, during my residency I would like to continue work on "Indisciplinary symphony",  the collective creation inspired by texts on Indisciplinarity from philosopher Jacques Rancière, claiming that indiscipline abolishes boundaries and separations between knowledge,  precisely "between those who know and those who don’t know, those who think and those who don’t think.—Ivana Momčilović