Friday, 13 November 2015, at 06:00 p.m.
Gledališka pot 1
Ravne na Koroškem, Slovenia
Artists: Ana Bilankov (HR/DE), Lana Čmajčanin & Adela Jušić (BA), Aleksandra Domanović (RS/DE), Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid (SI), Vladislav Knežević (HR), Iva Kontić (RS)
At the screening on the evening of Friday the 13th, festival selectors, artists and curators Vesna Bukovec and Metka Zupanič will present Video in Progress 5: Reflections of the Past festival (joined with Photonic Moments – Month of Photography festival since 2014) and it’s main selection Appropriating History.
The preservation of memory and interpretation of past events affects both the understanding of ourselves as well as the world around us. Paraphrasing the analyst of visual culture W.J. Mitchell, the absence of memory makes us slaves in time and prisoners in space. Memory helps us manage time and language. But the fragility and elusiveness of memories open the door to different views as well as a possibility for retreat. The decision to keep quiet represents a strategic loss of memory. This might reflect a deliberate erasing of history in the name of ideology or emotional support that helps an individual survive after traumatic events. The selected works address, in different ways, the history of the former common state Yugoslavia – another story that today is nothing but a memory.
Curated by Vesna Bukovec & Metka Zupanič
Production: Kolektiva Institute, 2014
Co-production: Photon Gallery