Postpunk (“dark art-wave”) in the Croatian Capital City (1981-85)
Legacy of Croatian New Wave (Novi val in Croatian), as part of wider and quite interesting ex-Yugoslavian phenomenon, always had a dual nature simultaneously being a mesmerizing and irritating phenomenon destined to be shoved down the throats of generations to come…
Growing up in Zagreb, one was confronted ad nauseam with four omnipresent names: Azra, Film, Prljavo kazalište & Haustor. Not that they were bad! Some of them earned their cult status being great too briefly, some remained very good for a longer period. As the time progressed the “legend” of those four bands got overblown and in case of Azra reached almost mythical proportions.
“Sretno dijete” (“Lucky Kid”) or Zagreb (+ Ljubljana, Beograd) 1977-81
As we further explore the novi val era, the lesser known names will come lurking, slightly on the left-side, in the shadows…
Interesting pocket sized “scenes” were happening in urban areas (Ljubljana, Rijeka, Novi Sad, Beograd, Sarajevo, etc.) across Yugoslavia. Most of them blossomed on murky fringes of wider public appeal and then withered like (dark) flowers at season’s end.
The entire movement bore similarities with the cultural happenings that were emerging around the globe at the time. In a way, the scene was not all that different from the semi-isolated variations in New Zealand, Iceland, Brasil or Poland.
Were new-wave generations generally more successful in channeling their creative energy through synergy of (popular) music and visual art than generations before or after them?
Probably not so, but it was undeniably vibrant, site specific art, and in retrospect, funny enough, even more interesting than it might have seemed the first time around.
WANTED: scanovi novinskih članaka (Polet, Studentski list, Džuboks) i fotografija, posteri, kazetne snimke, film footage Zagreb Biennale ’83, randome memorabilia, i slično a vezano za Pingvinovo potpalublje, ovdje spominjane grupe (generacijske vršnjake) te Zagreb ’80s. Bili bismo zahvalni.