Jasmina Cibic’s art reveals the structures of “soft power” often employed as methods of psychological control by authoritarian regimes, and the way in which national culture can be used for political aims. Her video work Tear Down And Rebuild presents a scripted debate about the idea of demolition, redesign and nation-building set in Belgrade’s historically-charged former Palace Of The Federation.
Tear Down and Rebuild, 2015. Single channel HD video, stereo. 15min 28sec. Production still. Photo: Ivan Petrović, courtesy of the artist.