August 3rd, 2017 > Koče Popovića 9
The present constantly changes and rearranges the past.
William Kentridge, Triumphs, Laments and other Processions, 2016.
In 1982 the Zagreb Herald released the Jubilee 150th comic book, Alan Ford. This Italian satiric comic book was quickly accepted in the former Yugoslavia. Although it was not apperceived as a political comic, there was still some degree of censorship. In this edition called Crime and comp. The edition was reduced by deleting five pages. A whole new gag in the comic has been ejected due to the appearance of unsuitable personalities from history. * Censorship begins city counselors, regular comic participants, and members of the government open the exhibition in one of the city galleries, while in the first visitor’s ranks are the leading figures of the Second World War. Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, and others give their opinions on the exhibition and without hiding talk about political attitudes and beliefs. This example of censorship is used only as a comment; the new narrative is a reflection on a segment of censorship history that encourages critical thinking about the relationship between artists, curators, exhibitors, and cultural policy in general. The consistency of Mirza’s quotation of omitted comics of historical facts is a kind of subversive shield, a critique of adaptability and a fearless shadow of art alertness.
* A well known urban legend about the episode of Alan Ford, in which the figure of the dictator was inspired by Tito, and consequently, that sequel of the comic never came out in Yugoslavia. However, in Pavle Ćosić interview with Max Bunker for X Entertainment, Bunker categorically denied this claim by saying: “Assolutamente no!”.