After conducting the research ‘The history of Belgrade murals’ in 2011/2012 one of the important conclusions KURS Association made was that there were no murals in Belgrade which depicted the history of the work movement and the anti-fascist struggle. A lone example is a 1977 mural painted on the wall of SKC Belgrade, called ‘Unity and Solidarity with the People of Latin America’, painted by a group of artists from Chile, ‘the Brigade of Salvador Allende’, in collaboration with local artists.
Mural ‘Fight, knowledge, equality’ looks back on the battles for better financial and social status the students of the University of Belgrade fought between the two world wars. One of the crucial moments in this struggle was the April Protest in 1936. That was the year the students succeeded in fighting for their demands. Unfortunately, during the protest, on April 4th a student named Žarko Marinović was killed – and from that day on, the date is celebrated as Student Day at the Belgrade University.
For the creation of sketches, KURS has, as in the previous works, been using archival segments and historical information upon which it constructed its collage composition. The mural was based on the cover page of a flyer, ‘Young Laborer’, which dates back to 1923. Two figures dominate the whole composition, one male and one female, walking forward and carrying flags. In the center, there’s a poem by Branko Miljković ‘Everyone Will Write Poetry’ from the cycle ‘Critique of Poetry’. On the very top, there are two swallows carrying ribbons saying: ‘Fight, knowledge, equality’.
The authors of the mural are members of the KURS Association, Miloš Miletić and Mirjana Radovanović, and Martina Petrović, a student of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, assisted during the painting of the mural.
The making of the mural was supported by the Foundation Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southeast Europe, while the administrative support came from the Old Town municipality.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.