Punk as a Strategy for Body Politicization in the Ljubljana Alternative Scene of the 1980s


  • Jasmina Založnik




Slovenia, Punk (and its metamorphoses), Ljubljana alternative scene of the 1980’s, body politic, non-normative bodies, the code of sex and sexuality


The paper focuses on the notion of punk understood as a political position and as a strategy by the actors of the Ljubljana alternative scene in the 1980s. With exposing the minor, invisible and hidden subjectivities the actors and agents of the scene created a ground for experimentation with subjectivities, but also for shaking the Yugoslav Grand National narrative of ‘brotherhood and unity’.

I am emphasizing mainly the notion of the body with and through the code of sex and sexuality, being still a base and the core investment of the government. No matter that the discourse has been radically changed, the procedures and protocols of power investments in their core have not. This is an additional reason and a need to recall the past and tackle the bodies that have appeared as unwanted, as ‘not right and not quiet’ identities in the past in order to evaluate and compare the position of the marginalized and suppressed today. Additionally, I am claiming that only with creating different genealogies can we fight against growing ‘intellectual redundancy’ and the continuous process of erasure of the subjectivities, which we are confronting today.


Article received: June 2, 2017; Article accepted: June 12, 2017; Published online: October 15, 2017; Original scholarly paper

How to cite this article: Založnik, Jasmina. "Punk as a Strategy for Body Politicization in the Ljubljana Alternative Scene of the 1980s." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 14 (2017): 145-156. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i14.217

Author Biography

Jasmina Založnik

University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
United Kingdom

Jasmina Založnik concluded her MA studies in 2014 under the supervision of Marina Gržinić at the University of Nova Gorica (inside a postgraduate program conceived by SRC SASA in Ljubljana, Slovenia). She is a PhD candidate at the department of Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen, Great Britain, and an independent dramaturge, critic and producer in contemporary performing arts. She is a fellowship recipient of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Elphinstone PhD Scholarship. She is a member of the editorial board of Dialogi journal, the international platform Nomad Dance Academy and Inability Crew, a regular collaborator for Cona, Institute for Contemporary Art Processing, a member of the Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia, The Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia (CDAS), and a member of the City of Women Association. She received the Slovenian national award in contemporary dance – the Ksenija Hribar Award in the category for critic/writer/dramaturge in 2015.


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How to Cite

Založnik, J. (2017). Punk as a Strategy for Body Politicization in the Ljubljana Alternative Scene of the 1980s. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (14), 145–156. https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i14.217