Humanitarian event. Documentary performance. Public debate about rights to decide freely on the birth of children. LOVE & ECONOMY is a multimedia journey about destinies of our great-grandmothers, grandmothers and mothers…

What does the history of legal regulation of abortion on the Croatian territory look like? The narrator takes the audience to a historical journey with the help of virtual material projected on the screen. Croatian doctors of the 1920s are campaigning for a legalisation of abortion based on social indications: Poor women are bleeding and dying during illegal abortions, while rich women can afford to have quality treatment with private doctors. The screen shows animations with parts of the Criminal Law of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes passed at the time of the dictatorship of 1929, documents from the Nazi controlled Independent State of Croatia, when the abortion providers were punished by death… Up until 1978 when a law which legalizes the practice was passed during the socialist Yugoslavia. This law is still effective today. Along with a multimedia historical analysis, music numbers, excerpts from educational films on abortion, the documentary performance LOVE & ECONOMY highlights the socio-economic aspects of abortion.

Art cannot solve the conflicts which are unsolved in reality. LOVE & ECONOMY becomes a public debate between two speakers, moderator and the audience. What happens when we move the abortion discussion from the domain of ethics to the socio-economic domain? Does this act change the rigid social division between those who are pro-life and those pro-choice? The answers to these questions depend on the audience at each performance. LOVE & ECONOMY is a humanitarian event. All proceeds go to organisations which take care of children from socially vulnerable families.


Direction and concept: Borut Šeparović / Dramaturgy: Nataša Mihoci / Animations Author: Konrad Mulvaj / Narrator: Jelena Berković / Moderator: Borna Sor / Speakers: Jadranka Brnčić, Marina Katinić / Musicians: Miki Solus and Tihana Lazović / Music: Bertolt Brecht, Miki Solus, Borut Šeparović, Nataša Mihoci – The Ballade of Paragraph 218, Arvo Pärt – Variations for the Healing of Arinushka, Friedrich Wolf, Ante Perković (†) – Christian Schulze / Research: Nataša Mihoci, Maja Lay, Maja Adžaga / Assistant Dramaturgs: Dora Golub and Dorotea Šušak / Graphic Design: Maša Poljanec (OAZA) / Photography: Damir Žižić / Tone Technician: Branko Puceković / Video Projections Director: Konrad Mulvaj / Live Feed Camera: Ivor Ferić and Marko Dalić / Public Relations: Nataša Mihoci / Social Media: MONTAЖ$TROJ / Executive Producer: Borut Šeparović / Coordination: Nataša Mihoci / Assistant Producers: Maja Lay, Maja Adžaga / Production: MONTAЖ$TROJ / Special thanks: Ana Stunić, Zoran Grozdanov / Financed by: Ministry of culture of the Republic of Croatia, City Office for Education, Culture and Sports, Zagreb, Kultura Nova Foundation, Goethe Institute Croatia / Technical support: Visual impact d.o.o., Končar / Partners: Croatian Film Association, Tuškanac Cinema