07.04.15 – Cultural Worker 3 in 1

a film by Marta Popivoda

Serbia / Macedonia
53 min / 2013

Cultural Worker 3 in 1 is a documentary film about the role of the left-oriented independent cultural-artistic scene and cultural workers in the region of ex-Yugoslavia. Following the life and work of several characters in four cities of former Yugoslavia the film explores two issues – what it means to be a cultural worker in post-socialist contexts of Skopje, Belgrade, Zagreb and Ljubljana, and what the possibilities for action and intervention in social reality are, from the position of art and culture. In this way, the film reflects on actual tendencies and problematics at the critical independent cultural scenes, as well as on relations between art, theory and activism, which are strongly present in the region.

Belgrade: Jelena Vesić, Kontekst Kolektiv, Ana Vujanović, Miško Šuvaković, Milena Dragićević Šešić
Skopje: Biljana Tanurovska Kjulakovski, Iskra Geshoska, Slavčo Dimitrov
Ljubljana: Lidija Radojević, Rok Vevar, Aldo Milohnić, Marina Gržinić
Zagreb: Emina Višnić, Tomislav Medak, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Teodor Celakoski

Marta Popivoda’s (b. 1982 Belgrade) work explores concerns with the discursive power structure of the contemporary art world and its social situatedness, as well as with the Yugoslav cultural and political sphere, through the production of films, video installations, photography and performance. Her work is strongly related to the TkH (Walking Theory), a theoretical-artistic platform and journal, where she is a member of the editorial collective. Her works have been part of exhibitions and programs at Tate Modern London, M HKA Antwerp, 21er HAUS Vienna, the Beirut Art Center, Musée de la danse Rennes, MSUM Ljubljana, Arsenal Berlin, Matadero and La Casa Encendida Madrid, Forum des Images and MK2 Beaubourg Paris, Beursschouwburg and Kaaitheater Brussels, Museum of Yugoslav History and Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade etc.
Her latest feature film Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body premiered at the 63rd Berlinale within Forum Expanded, and was later screened at great number of film festivals worldwide, like Festival dei Popoli Florence, Sarajevo Film Festival, DZM Docs Seoul, Home Works Beirut, Beldocs Belgrade, Zagreb Dox, Mumbai International Film Festival, Watch Docs Warsaw, Make Dox Skopje, DOK Leipzig, etc.
Popivoda is initiator of illegal_cinema (Belgrade, Paris, Bilbao) and artistic director of REZ, contemporary experimental film festival in Belgrade. She studied philosophy, holds BA and an MA in film directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and Meisterschülerin postgraduate degree in experimental film from the Universität der Künste Berlin. For her studies in Germany she received a DAAD scholarship. In 2014 she was selected for Berlinale Talents program for up-and-coming filmmakers by Berlin International Film Festival.