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WEIRD SISTERS

Performance view of Sanja Iveković’s Whether We Were Brave, 2019, State of Concept, Athens, March 1, 2019. Photos: Alexandra Masmanidi.

WE ARE THE GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHES YOU WEREN’T ABLE TO BURN, declared a banner at this year’s International Women’s Day march in Zagreb, Croatia. As if to illustrate this illicit genealogy, two schoolgirls, accompanied by their mother, carried a sign proclaiming, WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN THE RESISTANCE. These slogans handily describe the expansive oeuvre of Zagreb-based artist Sanja Iveković, who, unsurprisingly, was spotted among the event’s attendees. Since the beginning of Iveković’s artistic career in the 1970s in socialist Yugoslavia, she has sought to prevent the erasure of women’s struggles, claiming a position of feminist solidarity with women of diverse social, generational, and geopolitical backgrounds. Her latest performance, Whether We Were Brave, 2019, revisits the history of the female partisans who fought against the Nazi occupiers of Greece during World War

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