One of the most important buildings in Yugoslavian modern architecture – the building of the First Serbian Printing House, later „BIGZ“ (Belgrade’s Publishing and Graphics Institution), found it’s third purpose at the turn of the century.
After the Institution has left the building, the then-empty space was invaded by artists: some of whom were still young and unknown, together with some already established names of Belgrade’s cultural scene. Filling the space with new, vivid energy, in the following fifteen years they created and nurtured the Informal Cultural Centre „BIGZ“ – a community connected by space which, somehow unintentionally, cultivated a change in the landscape of this city’s cultural landscape. In the spring of 2021. the building got sold to a new owner, and everything happening inside was abruptly cut short and left without it’s everyday home.
The video installation „Takeaway BIGZ“ is, in it’s purest form, a digital time capsule made out of audiovisual memories captured by BIGZ people throughout the years, collected through an open call during last year. The memories are authentic, depicting the moments of individual lives, which were, through an editing process, compiled into a collective memory of a time that once was.
Three video artworks in space, telling a story about the past, present and future, and pulling us into the world of everything that BIGZ was, and everything it’s left behind.
This project is a part of a bigger project, a documentary film titled „Everything that once was mine, isn’t mine anymore“, and it serves as a stepping stone towards it’s realization.