I WILL NEVER TALK ABOUT THE WAR AGAIN
In collaboration with Lana Čmajčanin
Original title: Ja više nikada neću pričati o ratu
Video performance, HD, color/sound
Camera: Ervin Prašljivić
Special thanks to: Sloven Anzulović
This work is part of October salon collection of Cultural Center Belgrade
Collaborative video performance that is drawing to attention the postwar situation in the frame of speaking about the past war. From our personal experiences we discover that it is impossible not to talk about the war in every day life.
In this performance we are trying to expose all the possible emotions we have about the fact that we speak about war constantly, but also to point on different aspects of talking about the war like for example, how nationalistic parties use constant reminders of the war in the media to hold on to power and foment nationalism among the people of the former Yugoslavia. Is it possible not to talk about the war? Why do we do it and when will it stop? Will we stop? Should we stop?
“…This exhibition takes its title from Adela Jušić’s and Lana Čmajčanin’s video performance I Will Never Talk About the War Again, which refers to the post-war situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the video, the two artists promise each other not to talk about the war anymore, repeating the same sentence over and over. The work is an emotional statement on the fact that more than fifteen years after the Dayton Peace Agreement the war remains a central experience in the divided country….”
Text by Vladan Jeremić, from the exhibition catalog I WILL NEVER TALK ABOUT THE WAR AGAIN, Fargfabriken, Stockholm
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It is an obsessive performative statement that exposes the circularity conditioning the social, economic and political texture of Bosnia and Herzegovina today. After almost 20 years of the Dayton Peace Agreement, Bosnia and Herzegovina is still necropolitically subjugated to the war, as the specter that re/constructs the whole territory again and again, with its unwritten histories and forgotten atrocities, constantly pushing Bosnia and Herzegovina into oblivion and poverty; even now Bosnians are prevented from entering the EU freely and the country is divided (torn apart) by post-ultranationalist enclaves that again always incapacitate all those living there. Čmajčanin and Jušić expose all the possible emotions that result from constantly speaking about the war that is used by nationalistic parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina to hold on to power.
Marina Gržinić, Politicizing and rewriting counter histories: for a new politics of empowerment and interventions
Text written for Film mutations: The Festival of Invisible Cinema, 2014
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Exhibition view "I will never talk about the war again", Fargfabriken, Stockholm, photos by Rena Raedle
Exhibition view "I will never talk about the war again", Kibla, Maribor, photos by Rena Raedle