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Youth Day / Dan mladosti, 1987

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Published on Jul 14, 2012

In 1987, seven years after the death of Tito, President of Yugoslavia, one of the greatest affairs in the history of that state broke out when a group of young punk-influenced Slovenian artists, known as Neue Slowenische Kunst, won the competition for the celebration of the Youth Day - the birth anniversary of the dead president.
Part of their proposal was a poster announcing the celebration. The poster was chosen by the generals of the Yugoslav People's Army and top-ranking Yugoslav politicians. Soon afterwards it was discovered that the Youth Day poster was based on a poster used in Nazi propaganda.
Indictment was brought against the group of artists but was soon dropped. It is a unique example of the artists challenging and defeating a powerful national army and Socialist regime. The Youth Day celebration was never held again and the Yugoslav state broke up soon afterwards.

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