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LSE Arts public exhibition

Date: Tuesday 4 October – Friday 14 October 2011
Time: Monday-Friday, 10am-8pm*
Venue:  Atrium Gallery, Old Building

This double-header exhibition is a part of the "Different Face of Serbia" program, presented at the LSE by the Serbian LSE Alumni Society. The authors of the program Jelena and Srdjan Stojanovic wanted to bring to the attention of academic audience at LSE and the British public an independent non-governmental image of Serbia, through scientific and cultural output by LSE alumni and other world class authors of the 21st century Serbia.

The main part of this exhibition consists of still photos by the eminent British photographer of Serbian origin Brian Rasic (1954), who made a career in music industry. Sir Mick Jagger, a former LSE student, for Brian Rasic was not only a musical hero, but the subject of his best work over last 30 years. Rock and roll culture's quest for liberty and overturning of all taboos through photographs of Rasic had a symbolic and emancipatory meaning for newspaper and magazine readers in his native Serbia – who followed Rasic's London career while living in undemocratic society until the turn of the millennium. Being professionally engaged in a global culture and entertainment industry and reaching its top echelons – makes Brian Rasic certainly one of different faces of Serbia. Among the featured photographs there is a shot from the late Amy Winehouse's last concert in June 2011 held in Belgrade. Rasic, who was the only official photographer at the concert, captured the torment and pain of the artist who soon joined the ranks of rock'n'roll fallen angels, like her role model Janice Joplin.

Second part of the exhibition consists of archive materials and sources used in making of the documentary film "Cinema Komunisto", written and directed by LSE alumni Mila Turajlic (1979). This film will be shown on 13th October at 19:30 in the LSE's Wolfson Theatre, at the closing of Different Face of Serbia. This outstanding documentary represents a sentimental history of the movie industry in former Yugoslavia. The country's communist leader Marshal Tito was an avid film fan, which enabled development of the Avala Film Studio in Belgrade. This, now decaying studio facility, brought many international stars to work in Yugoslavia - from Orson Wells, Anthony Hopkins, and Kirk Douglass to Sophia Loren, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.

There are two related events to this exhibition: Different Face of Serbia| and Serbia's European Perspectives and CINEMA KOMUNISTO - Different Face of Serbia|.

This exhibition is open to all, no ticket required. Visitors are welcome during weekdays (Monday - Friday) between 10am and 8pm (excluding bank holidays or unless otherwise stated below). For further information email arts@lse.ac.uk| or phone on 020 7107 5342.

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Just economics and politics? Think again.  While LSE does not teach arts or music, there is a vibrant cultural side to the School - from weekly free music concerts in the Shaw Library, and an LSE orchestra and choir with their own professional conductors, various film, art and photographic student societies, the annual LSE photo prize competition, the LSE Literary Festival and artist-in-residence projects. For more information please view the  LSE Arts| website.

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* The atrium gallery is occasionally used for private school receptions, on these evenings the gallery will open from 10am - 6pm. During this exhibition this includes the evenings of 12,13 and 14 October 2011.

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