Venue and date of opening:Gallery of the Municipality Vračar, Belgrade, July 2, 2022
Exhibition opened by: Fatah Mahraz
Organisation: Embassy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in the Republic of Serbia and the Archives of Yugoslavia
Authors of the exhibition: Nada Pantelić, Dušan Jončić ( copy editor Dragan Teodosić)
Public announcement: Announcement poster and flyer
Within the celebration of the 60 years of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Serbia and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, the exhibition of archival documentation was prepared as a mutual project of the Archives of Yugoslavia and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. This exhibition presents a modernized exhibition from 2012 prepared on the occasion of 50 years of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Serbia and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.
H.E. Fatah Mahraz Ambassador of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria in Belgrade opened the exhibition by pointing out displayed photographs and rich documentation immortalizing significant correspondence between Algeria and Belgrade in the period from 1956 to the late eighties and putting light on deep historic relations of active solidarity and exceptional friendship that have connected Algeria and Serbia and that should be handed over to future generations as our responsibility. He furthermore continued that this type of exhibition emphasizes the importance of the archives as national institutions that preserve the remembrance of the states and of the people and expressed his hope that after this kind of exhibition, other similar will follow owing to the traditional cooperation of the Embassy and the Archives of Yugoslavia and that they will contribute to the better and fruitful scientific dialogue between historians, students and researchers of both countries. The ambiguous and precious support of former Yugoslavia and its people and its leadership was especially reflected when the decision was passed on July 2, 1962, to open the Embassy on the day of the referendum on the independence of Algeria. Besides H.E. Ambassador Mahraz, Dragan Teodosić, Senior Archivist, Head of the Department for Publishing Archival Material and International Archival Cooperation addressed also the public. Teodosić pointed out that the exhibition is the result of cooperation for over decades between the Archives of Yugoslavia and the Embassy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and that this exhibition is the third one that is mutually organized by the Embassy and the Archives with one published Collection of Documents on Yugoslav-Algerian Relations (1956-1979) in Serbian and French language. The significance of the exhibition is even greater since it marks the jubilee: of 60 years of independence and 60 years of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Serbia and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. He emphasized as well that the Archives of Yugoslavia within the archival material that it preserves, preserves as well numerous evidence about bilateral cooperation (political, economic, trade, culture, education, scientific-technical, military, sports, and many other types of cooperation like cooperation in international movements, institutions, and organizations). Exhibited photographs and documents witness the cooperation between the two countries in the period from the end of the fifties to the beginning of the eighties of the XX century and present small but the most representative example of that cooperation. This cooperation was reflected through the support of Algeria and Algerian people in their struggle for independence, diplomatic relations, exchange of messages between the President of Yugoslavia and Algerian leaders, meetings at the highest level, cooperation at the conferences of Nonaligned countries with the special reference to the First conference in Belgrade 1961 and the Fourth held in Algeria 1973. Support to studying and providing scholarships for numerous Algerian students in Yugoslavia in the course of the sixties and the beginning of the seventies as well as to the bilateral agreements concluded between two states in the mentioned period.
The exhibition has been opened to the public from August 8, 2022.