Volume 3 of the Cultures & Globalization series, Creativity and Innovations, explores the interactions between globalization and the forms of cultural expression that are their basic resource. Bringing together over 25 high-profile authors from around the world, this volume addresses such questions as: What impacts does globalization have on cultural creativity and innovation? How is the evolving world ‘map’ of creativity related to the drivers and patterns of globalization? What are the relationships between creative acts, clusters, genres or institutions and cultural diversity?
Chapter 14: The Struggle to Express, Create and Represent in the Balkans
The Struggle to Express, Create and Represent in the Balkans
The Balkans, and within them the countries of the former Yugoslavia, have managed to symbolize the sub-sumption of politics to popular culture. Where once the landscape bristled with statues of political heroes and military leaders, now a new breed of statuary has emerged in the form of a bronzed homage to the icons of a global pop culture: Bruce Lee, Bob Marley Rocky and so on. It may be easy to dismiss these often kitsch sculptures as triumphal symbols of the victory of commercial culture in the era of the ‘end of history’, but they must also be seen as evidence of a particular kind of ...