Watch Now! Zdenka Badovinac: My Post-Catastrophic Glossary

Zdenka Badovinac: My Post-Catastrophic Glossary
A conversation with Carlos Kong and Yin Ho

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An experimental essay and collaboration with the artist Nika von Ham, published as the last chapter of Zdenka Badovinac’s Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe, “My Post-Catastrophic Glossary” is written as a semi-fictional glossary. It imagines the future of museums after their full destruction from a catastrophe, through the following concepts: Destruction; War Time; The Self-Reflection of the Museum; The Authentic Interest of the Museum; Historicization; Self-Historicization; Contemporary Art; The Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Contemporary Art and Its Time; Narrators; The Sustainable Museum; Institutional Building; and Comradeship.

Zdenka Badovinac revisits this essay in conversation with writers and art historians Carlos Kong and Yin Ho, who were core participants of the Comradeship Reading Group, a year-long program to discuss and looking closely at Badovinac’s publication, Comradeship. The three talk about the genesis and format of the glossary, how the concepts of catastrophe influenced Badovinac’s work as a museum director, the future of museums, and importantly, how to become true comrades.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and co-presented with Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana.




Zdenka Badovinac’s Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist is available for purchase here.
A free PDF of My Post-Catastrophic Glossary is available here.

June 29, 2020


Zdenka Badovinac

Zdenka Badovinac is a curator and art critic who has served as Director to the Moderna Galerija (Museum of Modern Art) in Ljubljana since 1993. In her work, she highlights the difficult processes of redefining history alongside different avant-garde traditions within contemporary art. Badovinac’s first exhibition to address these issues was Body and the East—From the 1960s to the Present (1998). She also initiated the first Eastern European art collection, Arteast Collection 2000+.

Carlos Kong

Carlos Kong is a writer, art historian, and curator. He is a correspondent for Flash Art, and has contributed to various art publications and curatorial programs in Europe and the US. He is pursuing a PhD at Princeton, where he researches across contemporary art and film from Europe through the Middle East. He received a Fulbright Scholarship for his dissertation on queer performances of migration between Germany and Turkey.

Yin Ho

Yin Ho is an artist and writer interested in systems of knowledge and belief. A graduate of the ITP program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the London School of Economics, she is a part of An/other New York, a collective of Asian American art workers, and a former member of TSA NY, a group of artist-run, non-profit galleries. Her critical writing has appeared in Rhizome and Artforum, among others.

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