The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb
SHARE – Too Much History, MORE Future
Friday, 6/20 2014, 19.30
Adela Jušić: When I die, you can do, what you want
Gordana Andjelić-Galić: Original sin
Mladen Miljanović: Do you intend to lie to me ?
Hermann Peseckas & Tommy Schneider: Comment.
by Annemarie Türk and Karin Zimmer
One of the 148 postcards received in the context of a mail art project* by KulturKontakt Austria read: SHARE. This, and nothing else, was the message sent by Šejla Kamerić of Sarajevo. SHARE: a wish, an appeal, a necessity? SHARE – the idea of mutual giving, of engaging in exchange, of participating in one another’s lives and work – was the point of departure of this art project and has been its guiding principle. The complete title is SHARE – Too Much History, MORE Future. Does an excess of history, a past with which we have not yet come to terms, block our view of the present and the future? On the other hand, it is said that no future is conceivable or possible without remembrance.
We invited twelve artists to contribute video works that explore memories but also present-day conditions, videos that tell of things past while asking the question of what will stand the test of time. These videos also tell of a present that, being itself the result of historical processes, confronts people with changes and forces them to meet ever-new challenges.
We also see SHARE as an opportunity and an incitement to find out more about the diverse and dynamic art scene of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Over the past century, the artists of that country have had to cope with numerous changes: in society, in politics, and in the economy. The process of coming to terms with memories is a recurring theme of many of the works presented here; another is the difficulty of becoming established and surviving economically as a cultural professional in the here and now.
In addition to video works by artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, SHARE includes works by Austrian artists and other artists living and working in Austria – an encounter that we hope will constitute the beginning of intensive exchange and more cooperation.
In choosing the artists, we were guided by our experiences and encounters with artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many of these contacts grew out of KulturKontakt Austria’s Artists in Residence programme. In some cases, however, the path led from a particular work to the artist who created it. We hope that when you go home after viewing this selection of interesting video works, you will take with you new questions to ponder and a new perspective on the commemorative year 2014.
* 20 Years: KKA Artists in Residence. Launching Careers, Building Cooperation
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