The phenomenon of youth alternative pop culture in Belgrade during the late 1970s and early 1980s, that of the last generation that spent its youth in socialist Yugoslavia, is the focus of the exhibition entitled The Last Youth in Yugoslavia, the first exhibition of 2012 at the 25. Maj Museum in Belgrade. The people behind the exhibition are art historian Marina Martic and art theorist Stevan Vukovic.
The exhibition comprises photographs, video material, TV programmes, magazines, fanzines, posters, and comic books from the period between 1977 to 1984. Together they bring the atmosphere and the spirit of the times which gave birth to an artistic movement to life which, later on, began to be referred to as the 'New Wave.'
According to the curators of the exhibition, even though the initial idea was to present alternative youth cultures from all over the former Yugoslavia, the quantity of relevant material that still has not been processed is so immense that there was no way it could adequately be represented.
'The title for the exhibition was taken from an album of the Krstic-Saper (1987) duo, with kind permission from the members who, at the time, were former members of the Belgrade-based cult band Idoli. However, we wanted this exhibition to be a Yugoslav one but we did not have sufficient funds. This is why I hope that our exhibition will inspire others to continue the research we initiated with our ‘Belgrade episode,' said Marina Martic and added that this was the last authentic youth scene in Yugoslavia which was not affected by nationalism. (source: south-east europe: people and culture)