Tribute to Jadranka Cigelj, Nusreta Sivac and the rest of the women survivors of the concentration camp in Omarska, BiH.
Credit: Maximilian Klamm
In this experimental video, I aim to expose my everyday pressure and fear that occupies my mind which derives from subjective experience; I grew up with constant TV media channels conveying horrifying pictures of ex-Yugoslav war in the 1990s when images of atrocities were present in daily routine. One of the most significant events at that time was genocide in Srebrenica, and afterwards, the victims spoke about systematic rape on (mostly) women and brutal physical violence. Those images never disappeared completely from my mind, but only intrigued me to raise a never-ending question, “What kind of a person would do such a thing?” On a regular basis, we meet people and encounter with them socially. Although people seem casual just by smiling at you, perhaps buying a grocery at the store to feed their families, I ask myself if these people would be capable of committing a crime if they would be pushed into an extreme environment of violence where ethics suddenly fail. “Am I safe and whom can I trust?”
(Supported and produced by KulturKontakt and Austrian Chancellery)
Credit: Vitya Glushchenko
Video performance acts as a monologue confession of a woman in her early thirties and the obstacles she is dealing with. Content deals with issues such as gender, identity, migration, and ethnicity. Autobiographical thoughts are exposed to the audience through the audio recording only, while the performer in the video is only partially visible. It gives a notion of a classical portrayal, with the mind being the main source of happening. The artist is addressing the audience the with world’s issues – which are still current – while trying to escape her inner conflict where she is asking herself if she, as an individual has done enough for the society and if that is even possible given her personal confusion. Performance is not only personal; it is sharing common threads of the everyday world and appeals to the public to identify with the performer and vice versa.
ZAHIDA IS A FEMINIST
The red thread of the project is the question of feminism in the Balkans or how it is shaped through the occidental dominant white feminism. The issue I deal with is if we can talk about emancipatory women’s practices in the Balkans, without the implications of the western category of ideological and cultural practices. If I simplify, I give voice to women who are historically completely neglected from this point of view and presented through a single prism, the prism of the patriarchy. Since the importance of their lives is pushed to the margins of anonymity and without value, I decided to do the opposite. The fact that the Balkans is described by the West and its intellectuals as patriarchal, traditional, rural, backward, mystical and scary is just one side of the story that has completely taken hold of our perception.
ALL ABOUT THE VEIL
Art students were asked questions while their body language was observed. Main purpose of the idea was to film an experimental interview about the object called veil. They had to wear it in order to explain how it feels like. My personal aim of this art project was to deconstruct the semantics of veil itself and give it a new meaning. I have chosen art students because they are a specific social group, which is well known for “looking outside of the box”. It turned out, that no matter how much time we dedicate to these topics, we still show tendencies to be oblivious towards “the other”.
(appropriation of John Baldessari’s work “I’m Making Art, 1971”)
Credits: Andrej Uduč
The artist in the video performance stands in a blank space in front of the wall, to which, across the projection, the text in English is written: “I am a Muslim I am a Muslim I am a Muslim …”. The statement is repeated until it fills the entire wall. The artist stands still, has a loosely wrapped scarf around her head, and smokes a cigarette. After a while, she takes her scarf off her head and starts to say “I am a Muslim” out loud. She repeats the statement with various affirmative intonations. When the text is fully written, the artist leaves the scene. With the gesture of the projected text on her body, the artist publicly proclaims her origin, which can also be accepted as an identity in the local environment as a negative mark. By making confident statements, she accepts this identity, affirms it, “crosses the border,” thereby achieves empowerment. (Vesna Bukovec, DIVA – SCCA, 2019)
The purpose of video installation is to show both sides of the ritual of clitoral circumcision in the Western and Eastern world. There is a typical anthropocentric attitude toward foreign sociocultural manifestations in our society. When cutting the clitoris on the Southern hemisphere we speak of a primitive process of female genital mutilation. The “developed” West talks about the medicalization of sexuality, medical intervention in the form of new technologies. Sexuality is a construct of beauty ideals, dictating the aesthetics of cosmetic surgery. On both sides, there is a presence of male domination, to which female members are subordinated. Superior countries, which are considered the peak of civilization, are drawing ideas from the primitive world. But unlike them, do so with technologically advanced equipment. Technological progress, however, does not also mean the mental development of mankind.