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We’re Not Like Them, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia, 2019

Curated by: Ksenija Orelj and Sabina Salamon / Photo credits: Damir Žižić

Fragments I

Where stories cut across the land

2015 - 2018

 

Six channel video installation

Video HD, color, sound

 

This is not a video work about borders. Rather, it is a video work about overcoming the influence of politics on the land within the borders of unrecognized or semi-recognized states. It is a document of the fragmented symptoms of the “Bosnian pot” character of governance, in which all components simultaneously complement and eliminate each other. This unsettling principle of governance, in which elements unable to withstand the pressure collapse, while those that are more powerful survive (and are subsequently absorbed within the system), has been known for many centuries. By not taking sides, what this work highlights, from a bird’s-eye view, are the contrasts and conflicts provoked by contemporary attempts at preserving a semblance of safety within those borders. Unfortunately, many of these attempts did, and continue to, constitute crimes.

 

Much more than a mere cinematographic idea, Fragments I is a series of video documents detailing a journey through specific socio-political pulsars: The Republic of Abkhazia, a state of limited recognition; Varosha, a silent town in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognized only by Turkey; through the Field of Blackbirds in the Republic of Kosovo, a state of limited recognition; at the edge of the Tskhinvali region of the Republic of South Ossetia, a partially recognized state; in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic or the Republic of Artsakh, a state unrecognized by any sovereign state; and in Transnistria, or the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, a self-proclaimed, non-recognized, autonomous territorial unit with a special legal status. [M.Ć.]

Abkhazia after, Vangjush Vellahu Varosha a silent town, Vangjush Vellahu

Abkhazia After [13 min 44 sec]

Varosha, a silent town [12 min 05 sec]

Agdam, Vangjush Vellahu

Agdam [10 min 40 sec]

Trans'nistria [11 min 50 sec]

At the edge of Tskhinvali [12 min 20 sec]

Field of Blackbirds [17 min 05 sec]

Other Installation views:

HESTIA   |   MHC

 

 

Texts:

Unsettled: Where the Border Cuts the Land...

by Maja Ćirić

 

Fragments of Searching Thought

by Joerg Franzbecker

 

 

Publication:

Fragments I - Were stories cut across the land

 

 

Supported partially by

Arthur Boskamp Stiftung

Hohenlockstedt, Germany

+

Hestia Art Residency

& Exhibition Bureau

Belgrade, Serbia

 

Exhibited fully or partially at:

Museu d'Història de Catalunya, Barcelona, ES

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, HR

National Gallery of Arts, Tirane, AL

National Historical Museum, Tirane, AL

Trade Fair Palace - National Gallery, Prague, CZ

Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, DE

Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, SI

Museum of Contemporary Art, Acri, IT

Almissa Open Art Festival, Omis, HR

Transzit, Cluj, RO

Fladernbunker Museum, Kiel, DE

OSTRALE Biennale O21, Robotron Kantine, Dresden, DE

Arthur Boskamp Stiftung, Hohenlockstedt, DE

Hestia Art Residency & Exhibitions Bureau, Belgrade, SR

Atelierhaus im Anscharpark-Haus 8, Kiel, DE