2-channel video installation, HD video, sound, 6:12 min
Retelling # 1 is a 2-channel video installation, with one image and one text projection. The text in the video consists of material from interviews with the artist´s parents, in which they describe the first asylum center they arrived to after fleeing the civil war in Bosnia. Along the physical descriptions of the place, the text describes actions their children performed in the described spaces. In the text, the characters are referred to as "you"
HD video, 13;16 min, B&W print, sound
In "Citanje (Reading)" a voice (the voice of the addressee) is heard reading a letter. The letter is sent by the artist´s father and narrates his escape from Bosnia during the conflict in the 90s. The reader's voice is marked by mispronunciations, stuttering, slips and repetitions and his inability to properly speak his native language hints at the trans generational effects of historical violence.
SD-video, 16;12 min, sound
In "Prevodenje (Translation)" a simultaneous translation is being performed for the camera. A conversation between the performer´s father and the performer is being listened to and translated from Bosnian to English and Norwegian. The struggle with the translation process becomes apparent on the translator´s body as he searches for words, gesticulates, tries to catch up with the ongoing conversation, corrects himself etc. The narrative deals with the history of the conflict in Ex-Yugoslavia, his father´s memories and the circumstances connected to his son´s name, Damir. The work deals with trans-generational transmission of trauma and remembering and forgetting across generations.
"Prevodenje (Translation)" was awarded BKH´s Photo Art Prize in 2015.
Video installation, dimensions variable, sound
In "Reenactment/Process" four young people read trial transcripts from the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia) The contributors are all originally from Ex-Yugoslavia, representing every ethnicity involved in the conflict in the early 90s. After each reading, the participants spontaneously engaged in longer conversations about the effect of the conflict and the various generational divides and frictions between their own generation and their parents´ relating to this history.
In “Untitled” 4 people in their mid-60s, originally from Ex-Yugoslavia, perform a transcribed conversation from the piece “Reenactment/Process” from 2016. In the performed material, four people in their mid-20s discuss the inter-generational frictions they experience between themselves and their parents, relating to the conflict in Ex-Yugoslavia.
The participants in “Untitled” perform the transcribed conversation and react to the content, commenting on issues of responsibility, shame, reconciliation and and the legacy of communist Yugoslavia.
“Reenactment/Process” from 2016 and “Untitled” from 2018 make up a body of work that seeks to stretch a historical time period between two generations and reflect on how the past echoes in the present.
Cinematography: Adrian Bara, Tetsugo Hyakutake, Liam O´Brien, Robert Herrera