PROJECTS - Lana Čmajčanin - visual artist

A Change Is Gonna Come II

HD Video │ 20ʼ10” │ sound │ color │ 2018

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In the video, approaching this horizon, we hear the monologue written by playwright Olga Dimitrijević. Starting from the assumption that there is no innocent landscape, the work reflects on different experiences of the sea and the landscape, focusing on uncanny relation between sea as the site of leisure and beauty, and sea as the mass grave. The sea is not only a tourist destination, it is a political landscape on which the divisions among national territories are drawn up. It is also a migration road, the only road to get to another shore, and it has become a mass grave for many who put all their hopes into this final journey. The sea horizon is also a philosophical-poetic landscape and a zone of contemplation that puts into question geopolitical divisions and power mechanisms that determine the constructions of identities and territories. Symbolically, in contradiction with an almost unchanged and static landscape, the title itself implies transformation, as well as it provokes questioning about the meaning of geopolitical and climatic changes. At the same time, it offers a possibility of imagining a new space, a signal for the politics of hope and its utopian inscriptions.

Camera by Lana Čmajčanin
Editing by Lana Čmajčanin
Monologue written by Olga Dimitrijević
Sound design and music by Ognjen Šavija
Voice by Jelena Ilić
Sound recording by Goran Antović
Translation by Vesna Strika

Acknowledgements:
Vladimir Lepušina, Albert Namani, Branka Vujanović

 In video-installation A Change Is Gonna Come II, a comforting sea horizon with vague contours of a distant ship appears at first sight as a contemplational image, a modern interpretation of classic works made by the old masters. However, a complex and disturbing narrative spoken by a female first-person voice directs our attention to an ominous vision of the sea. This vast surface becomes the synonym for a carefully measured and controlled space that serves as a way of reaching the other coast, a safe harbor, or a vacation destination. However, at the peak of migration processes, the Mediterranean space becomes a closed sea that symbolizes the final journey for many. Everyone searches for happiness but not every happiness is the same / And everyone will die / Only that not every death is the same either / Not every death will be mourned. The disturbing mixture of text and image underlines the dead-end position. Still, the selection of the title does insinuate the possibility of change – A Change Is Gonna Come, says Sam Cooke’s song, which turned from the anthem of Afro-American protest into the general symbol of the struggle for human rights.

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