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Aberdeen open city. [Exhibition] (2023)
Exhibition / Performance
Aberdeen open city. [Exhibition]. Exhibition held on 3-19 March 2023, Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Open City is an exhibition which aims to showcase the range of contemporary art practices shaped by, or located in, the city and identifies loose overlaps and problematics that each of these addresses. The trio of trials that have warped the... Read More about Aberdeen open city. [Exhibition].

Demarco and Yugoslavia in the 1970s. (2022)
Book Chapter
BLACKWOOD, J. 2022. Demarco and Yugoslavia in the 1970s. In Leuzzi, L., Partridge, S. and Shemilt, E. (eds.) Richard Demarco: the Italian connection. Barnet: John Libbey, chapter 7, pages 105-113.

During the Cold War period, relations between the UK and Yugoslavia were couched entirely in the frames of politics, economics or military history; in the later years of socialist Yugoslavia, from the later seventies onwards, links were also develope... Read More about Demarco and Yugoslavia in the 1970s..

Nothing's guaranteed: exhibition of Bosno-futurism. [Exhibition] (2022)
Exhibition / Performance
Nothing's guaranteed: exhibition of Bosno-futurism. [Exhibition]. Exhibited 29 July - 25 September 2022, Summerhall, Edinburgh.

This exhibition presents a parallel exploration of the intersection between imagination and technology, and explores the rich aesthetic of Afrofuturism through the work of six contemporary mixed-media artists; Igor Bošnjak, Mladen Bundalo, Lana Čmajč... Read More about Nothing's guaranteed: exhibition of Bosno-futurism. [Exhibition].

Overcoming art. (2021)
Book
BLACKWOOD, J., SAMANDOVA, I., VITANOVSKA, A. and IVANOV, B. 2021. Overcoming art. Skopje: Mala Galerija. Hosted on OpenAIR [online]. Available from: https://doi.org/10.48526/rgu-wt-1481532

The origins of this project are in the pre-COVID world. It grew in part out of a desire to map and understand visual culture beyond Skopje; the conflation of contemporary art in North Macedonia with contemporary art in Skopje has been something of a... Read More about Overcoming art..

Dislocations. [Exhibition] (2021)
Exhibition / Performance
Dislocations. [Exhibition]. Online exhibition held 21 June - 16 July 2021, Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities, Glasgow.

This exhibition is an online video art show selected for the summer school of the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities. It features work by Elena Chemerska, Ivana Mirchevska, Ahmet Ögut, Mila Panić, Stella Rooney, Olia Sosnovskaya and... Read More about Dislocations. [Exhibition].

Intersections in the art of Elsa James. (2021)
Book
BLACKWOOD, J. 2021. Intersections in the art of Elsa James. Colchester: Firstsite. Hosted on OpenAIR [online]. Available from: https://doi.org/10.48526/rgu-wt-1358411

In an era where nuance is prized least of all, for it does not translate well in 140 characters, something of a push back is being experienced in Essex. This is a place whose stereotypical portrayals are not a local, but a global joke. TV shows such... Read More about Intersections in the art of Elsa James..

An alloy made from art and activism, in North Macedonia. (2020)
Book Chapter
BLACKWOOD, J. 2020. An alloy made from art and activism, in North Macedonia. In Steinbock, E., Leven, B. and de Valck, M. (eds.) Art and activism in the age of systemic crisis: aesthetic resilience. Abingdon: Routledge [online], chapter 7, pages 92-103. Available from: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429269189-7

This chapter traces the development of an “alloy” of artist and activist strategies in the context of North Macedonia, during Nikola Gruevski’s right-wing conservative government (2006-16) and its turbulent overthrow; the chapter concludes by assessi... Read More about An alloy made from art and activism, in North Macedonia..

Notes on a periphery. (2019)
Exhibition / Performance
Notes on a periphery. Exhibition held 4-18 October 2019, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen.

An exhibition of recent photography and video work by four artists: Anne Campbell, Sapphire Goss, Lottie Davies and Eugene Schlumberger. Whilst peripheral regions have loomed large in traditional histories of art made in the British group of nations,... Read More about Notes on a periphery..

On women's video art in the context of Yugoslavia, 1969-1991. (2019)
Book Chapter
BLACKWOOD, J. 2019. On women's video art in the context of Yugoslavia, 1969-1991. In Leuzzi, L., Shemilt, E. and Partridge, S. (eds.) EWVA: European women's video art in the 70s and 80s. East Barnet: John Libbey Publishing.

Written from our vantage point, the categories of ‘Yugoslavia’ and ‘video art’ are historical. Having grown up in the 1980s with video art as the most contemporary of the new art practices, and with Yugoslavia seemingly a permanent fixture on the map... Read More about On women's video art in the context of Yugoslavia, 1969-1991..

In between states. [Exhibition] (2019)
Exhibition / Performance
In between states. Exhibition held on 6 June - 6 July 2019, The W OR M, 2019 Look Again Festival, Aberdeen.

An exhibition of contemporary artists, three from North Macedonia, Ana Jovanovska, Ana Lazarenvsk and Ivana Sidzimovska and two from Scotland, Jack Handscome and Izzy Thomson and curated by Jon Blackwood. The exhibition took place in Peacock Visual A... Read More about In between states. [Exhibition].

Duplex 100m2 and contemporary art in Bosnia and Herzegovina: 2004-2018. (2019)
Book
BLACKWOOD, J. (ed.) 2019. Duplex 100m2 and contemporary art in Bosnia and Herzegovina: 2004-2018. Sarajevo: Editions Riveneuve.

This book is a history of contemporary art in Bosnia-Herzegovina, through exhibitions from 2004 - 2018 in three galleries, Galerija 10m2, Duplex 10m2 and Duplex 100m2.

On utopian realism: the art of Mladen Miljanovi?. (2019)
Exhibition / Performance
BLACKWOOD, J. 2019. On utopian realism: the art of Mladen Miljanovi?. Essay produced to accompany the exhibition: 'Mladen Miljanovi?: Utopian Realism', 8 February - 14 March 2019, Peacock Visual Arts [online], Aberdeen. Available from: https://peacockvisualarts.com/mladen-miljanovic-utopian-realism/

This essay accompanies the first solo exhibition in Scotland by Mladen Miljanovic, a post-conceptual video and performance artist based in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The exhibition can be read, in one way, as a mini-retrospective; starting w... Read More about On utopian realism: the art of Mladen Miljanovi?..

Censoring contemporary art in Macedonia. (2018)
Book Chapter
BLACKWOOD, J. 2018. Censoring contemporary art in Macedonia. In Kennedy, R. and Coulter, R. (eds.) Censorship art: silencing the artwork. London: IB Tauris [online], chapter 8. Available from: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/censoring-art-9781788313834/

In this essay, we will consider how censorship affects discourses of contemporary art in the Republic of Macedonia. To do so, we must first outline the cultural, political and social contexts in Macedonia; consider some differing standpoints on what... Read More about Censoring contemporary art in Macedonia..

In the shadow of Alexander the Great: censorship, ideology and contemporary art in Macedonia. (2018)
Book Chapter
BLACKWOOD, J. 2018. In the shadow of Alexander the Great: censorship, ideology and contemporary art in Macedonia. In Kennedy, R. and Coulter, R. (eds.) Censoring art: silencing the artwork. London: I.B. Tauris [online], pages 137-155. Available from: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/censoring-art-9781838608118/

In this chapter the author discusses how censorship affects discourses of contemporary art in the Republic of Macedonia. The cultural, political and social contexts in Macedonia are outlined and differing standpoints on what constitutes contemporary... Read More about In the shadow of Alexander the Great: censorship, ideology and contemporary art in Macedonia..

Positive geographies: contemporary art from Aberdeen. [Exhibition] (2018)
Exhibition / Performance
Positive geographies: contemporary art from Aberdeen. Exhibition held on 8-18 June 2018, Look Again Festival, Aberdeen.

An exhibition of contemporary art by Jessica Barrie, Paula Buškevica, Donald Butler, Mary Gordon, Alexandra McGregor and Svetlana Panova, curated by Jon Blackwood.

Captured state: new art from Macedonia. [Exhibition] (2017)
Exhibition / Performance
Captured state: new art from Macedonia. Exhibition held on 7 October - 30 November 2017, Summerhall, Edinburgh.

An exhibition of Macedonia artists Ephemerki (Jasna Dimitrovska and Dragana Zarevska), Verica Kovacevska, OPA (Slobadanka Stevceska and Denis Saraginovski), Igor Toshevski and Bojan Ivanov, curated by Jon Blackwood.

Archipelago: new work by three Scottish artists. [Exhibition] (2017)
Exhibition / Performance
Archipelago: new work by three Scottish artists. Exhibition held on 21 January - 17 March 2017, Summerhall, Edinburgh.

An exhibition of contemporary art by David Blyth, Alan Grieve and Derrick Guild, curated by Jon Blackwood.

Imaginarium: contemporary video art from Macedonia. [Exhibition] (2016)
Exhibition / Performance
Imaginarium: contemporary video art from Macedonia. Exhibition held on 4-18 November 2016, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen.

Video art in the Republic of Macedonia began to be made in second half of the 1980s. In this late period of the former Yugoslavia, video was experimental in nature and came about largely through collaboration with state television. In these years, vi... Read More about Imaginarium: contemporary video art from Macedonia. [Exhibition].

Variable geometry: contemporary art in Bosnia-Herzegovina. (2015)
Book Chapter
BLACKWOOD, J. 2015. Variable geometry: contemporary art in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Lydic, L. and Westphal, B. The silence and the word in the aftermath of the Yugoslav wars. Limoges: PULIM, chapter 11.

The notion of 'conflict' in contemporary art in BiH is multi-faceted. The artistic processing of the catastrophic legacy of the 1992-95 war of ethnic aggression is still ongoing; internationally, the works of artists such as Sejla Kameri{acute}c, and... Read More about Variable geometry: contemporary art in Bosnia-Herzegovina..