Makedonium: Dramaturgy of the Unfinished

Research project and publication | Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska | Makedonium: Dramaturgy of the Unfinished | December, 2020
The latest research and interdisciplinary project of artists Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska under a working title “Makedonium: Dramaturgy of the Unfinished”, targets the archives and policies of memory and oblivion through an artistic interpretation of archival and other findings related to the late stages of modernism in Macedonia, in this specific case related to the monumental complex Makedonium (later renamed as Ilinden) in Krushevo. This project builds on their previous artistic interest related to the issues of defragmented histories, narrative speculations and policies of representation in the context of forgotten testimonies from the past. Their individual and joint projects shape visual formations of the (un)documented through various forms of art, respecting the ratio between the documentary and the artistic, as well as the ways in which artefacts challenge the imaginative and fictitious space.
This publication is only the “Opening Act” of sharing what has been found, made and created so far, treating the process as an open project that leaves space for upcoming discursive additions and interpretations, creation of new works of art and future publications. “Makedonium: Dramaturgy of the Unfinished”, merges two well-developed concepts. One in the vein of practical completion of a sculpture and a space inspired by the unfinished parts of the monument, which is closer to Calovski’s artistic language, and another one, which is an attempt for dramaturgical and performative treatment of the minutes and documents related to the construction of the monument, a method that Ivanoska is becoming increasingly invested in.