Art Journal

Michael Benson’s brilliant film Predictions of Fire follows a Slovene art collective in the 1980s as they redeploy vanguard symbols, both Russian and German, from the early twentieth century. They believe that these residual symbols were embers of a totalitarian collectivism that also lay smoldering in the socialist state. Art itself was a potential conflagration, to be deflected into the symbolic. Were they right to play with fire? In any case, Slovenia escaped the worst.

–Brian Holmes, Art Journal, Winter 2000 (review of Kosov@: Carnival in the Eye of a Storm, an exhibition at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland,Oregon, April 6-29, 2000)

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