“Cargo East” is a collaborative project between National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art (NTMoFA) and Serbia’s Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina (MSUV). After Gazing into Freedom: Taiwan Contemporary Art Exhibition was held in Serbia in 2013, MSUV organizes Subdued Existence: Serbian Contemporary Art Scene, which is held in NTMoFA, to showcase the unique textures and creative perspectives of Serbian contemporary art.
Serbia went through a series of wars and political turmoil at the end of the 20th century. For many artists, covert activities, the subdued existence, were the only possible solution. Considerations of the relationships between local and global, regional and universal, intimate and public, personal and political are present within the contemporary art scene of Serbia since the beginning of 1990s transition process. The concept of Subdued Existence continues to apply to contemporary art and it also includes a variety of artistic approaches that explore the relationships of contemporary artistic practice with the scientific, technological, natural, social and personal environment.
The exhibition features 15 representative Serbian contemporary artists/ artistic groups, exhibiting 24 works of diverse creative media, such as videos, installations, photographs, paintings, and animations.