The art project of Andreja Kulunčić “You Betrayed the Party Just When You Should Have Helped It” takes up the theme of the suffering of women on Goli Otok and Sveti Grgur, of which there is still extremely little discussion. The project was created in collaboration with anthropologist Renata Jambrešić Kirin and the psychotherapist Dubravka Stijačić, and was organized by the Ante Zemljar Goli Otok Association and the association MAPA. The focus was placed on examining the position of women, who not even today are equally present in public discourse about the totalitarian violence and the resistance to it in Yugoslavia at the beginning of the Cold War. The objective of the project was to research into and set down women’s memories of the traumatic past as a spatial artistic interventions, exhibitions, as a Web site, a publication and a series of workshops and talks, to open up a new form of confronting a space of dehumanisation.
The violent, destructive and misogynous bio-politics in the camp for women political prisoners that systematically attacked the reproductive health of the convicts, excluded their sexual specificity and at the same time turned the convicts against each other, resulted in profound traumas and the many years of silence of the women about their Goli Otok experience. Therefore, the focus of the project is to open up narratives that have remained on the margins of historical mainstream.
Spatial intervention at the site of the women political prisoners’ camp consists of the installation of information boards about the organisation and history of the camp and the visual punctuation of women’s memory/ trauma as a form of permanent monument. The project also includes research into the possibility of transfer of experience through the media of dance, voice and sound in performances by dancer and musicians.