The process of transition towards liberal democracy has been portrayed as a process of normalisation. The West, according to this reading of history, is the embodiment of the historical standard, and what is wrong with the institutions in the East is that they are not yet Western. Artists and curators in Serbia have been persistent in offering alternative readings of the recent political changes in their country.
Conceptual art, which emerged in the 1970s, and one contemporary strand of which appropriates elements of everyday life, comes to be emblematic of ‘material spirituality’. The artist re-enchants the material world we inhabit by injecting ‘thought’ into it.