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TateShots: Laibach, Monumental Retro-Avant-Garde

Slovenian music and cross-media group Laibach -- describing themselves as 'engineers of human souls' -- present a multi-media show recreating moments key from their history in the early 1980s to today. This film shows highlights of Laibach's sell out concert at Tate Modern, on 14 April 2012, and presents a rare interview with founding band member Ivan Novak. Laibach have divided, outraged and confounded for more than 30 years. The Slovenian avant-garde collective use totalitarian imagery and play with and subvert the confused identities, ambiguities, and potential nightmares and utopias of national identity. Laibach was formed in 1980 shortly after the death of Marshall Josip Broz Tito, the Yugoslavian post-war leader. During the political unrest that followed, Laibach -- whose name comes from the historic German name for the Slovene capital -- formed their own self-styled 'totalitarian' group whose activities provoked strong reactions from the former Yugoslavian authorities as well as in Europe and the States. The group developed a 'Gesamtkunstwerk' in the form of a multi-disciplinary art practice including collages, graphics, posters, paintings, videos, installations, concerts and performances.
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