Fabrics of Socialism is a photographic project based on an archive of images of the Museum of Yugoslav History in Belgrade, Serbia. The archive is the visual record of Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito’s career and his travels around former Yugoslavia and the world. It represents a psychological portrait of an era, burdened with photographic representation of socialist propaganda. The project examines the role of spectacle in state ideology through the lens of photographic representation. Personal and individual experience is juxtaposed with the collective representations of the national unity. The works evoke a bygone socialist utopia and the everydayness of monumental history.
2013, Vesna Pavlović, Digital color print. From "Fabrics of Socialism." Courtesy of the artist.