View of “Milica Tomić,” 2020.

View of “Milica Tomić,” 2020.

Milica Tomić

Charim Galerie

In her research-based practice of the past twenty years, Milica Tomić has delved into various historical and national contexts in which the suspension of laws and civic culture became a long-term strategy to manage the life and death of populations. Opening just before the Austrian government enacted strict measures to confront the Covid-19 pandemic, her exhibition “The Small Letter ‘a’” was a poignant intervention in this attenuated time.

As a focal point, her installation The Museum in Suspension, 2020, paid tribute to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, a modernist icon designed in 1960 by the architects Ivan Antić and Ivanka Raspopović. The institution was shuttered between 2007 and 2017 for what was supposed to be a brief renovation. To make visible the symbolic lack signified by the museum’s protracted closure and the unfulfilled desires and conflicted political agendas of its

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