Goran Pavelić Pipo Photo Archive
The photo archive of Goran Pavelić Pipo contains over 15,000 negatives. The photographs are mainly black and white, and on them Pavelić recorded rock concerts and everyday life around the popular Zagreb cafés Zvečka, Blato and Kavkaz in the period from the late 1970s to the late 1980s, also known as the new wave era. His photographs were conceptually and aesthetically opposed to the photographs in the then official press, such as Večernji list, Vjesnik or Borba, and thus represented a kind of cultural opposition. The Pavelić Photo Archive is extremely important to an understanding the phenomenon of the new wave and the contemporary urban scene in socialist Zagreb.
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Goran Pavelić Pipo photo archive
Provenance and cultural activities
The photo archive of Goran Pavelić Pipo contains over 15,000 negatives that testify of the new wave as an extremely dynamic period. The emergence of the new wave in Croatia or socialist Yugoslavia heralded the gradual easing of imposed ideological frameworks. One of the main features of the new wave was systemic critique and openness to values different than those propagated by the Communist Party. In Pavelić's photographs of new wave musical bands such as Azra, Film, Pankrt or Prljavo kazalište, a deviation from official values can be recognized. Since the new wave phenomenon was not limited to musical expression, Pavelić's collection also contains photographs of numerous writers, actors, comic-book artists, and random passers-by. Because of the variety of motifs and the large number of negatives, the photo archive of Goran Pavelic Pipo is a chronicle of people and events that shaped the urban scene of Zagreb from the late 1970s to the late 1980s.
The photo archive was not planned, but is the result of Pavelić's passion for photography, and later his professional engagement in various newspapers in the former Yugoslavia. Although he was not in direct conflict with the communist regime, with his photographs Pavelić violated the imposed way of thinking that was channelled through the guidelines of the League of Communists. His photographs were not censored, but were sometimes subjected to criticism at party forums.
The photo archive has not been archivally processed nor financed by state or local institutions. However, thanks to Pavelić's efforts, the photo archive is relatively well-structured and protected from deterioration. Most negatives are chronologically arranged with a brief description. Due to the size and lack of storage space, part of the photo archive is stored at the home of Pavelić's friend. The value of Pavelić's archive has been recognized by documentary filmmakers and journalists, and his photographs are often used for filming or writing about the new wave. As an exclusive copyright holder, he is willing to provide the requested photographs to interested parties, but with full respect for copyrights. His photographs were used in violation of copyright provision on several occasions.
Pavelic exhibited his photographs at five independent and multi-party exhibitions. The first exhibition, entitled “Pipo, photography from 1976 to 1980,” was held in 1980 at the Student Centre Gallery in Zagreb. After a long pause, a second exhibition, “Zagreb, eighties ...: photos” was held in 2002 at the Student Centre Gallery in Zagreb.
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The photo archive covers over 15,000 negatives, and geographically it is primarily focused on the territory of Croatia, and indirectly to the territory of the former Yugoslavia. The photo archive can be divided into three parts. The first is made up of negatives created during the new wave period, i.e. from the late 1970s until the late 1980s. The new wave part is the largest and contains photos of many musical bands such as Azra, Buldožer, Haustor, Idoli or Šarlo akrobata. The second part consists of negatives created during the Homeland War, while the third consists of negatives created after the Homeland War.
- photos: 1000-
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Important events in the history of the collection
- all closed to the public
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- Godić, Darjan
Perković, Ante. 2018. Sedma republika: pop kultura u YU raspadu. Zagreb: Rock Portal.
Đurić, Vladimir Đura. 2016. Vodič kroz novi talas u SFRJ. Beograd: Službeni glasnik.
Janjatović, Petar. 2007. Ex yu rock enciklopedija: 1960 - 2006. Beograd: Petar Janjatović.
Pavelić, Goran Pipo. 2004. Zagreb, osamdesete…: fotografije. Zagreb: V.D.T.
Pavelić Pipo, Goran, interview by Godić, Darjan, March 06, 2018. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection