exhibition in LESKOVAC
REX - B92 Cultural Centre and Leskovac
present works of art and documentaries whose theme is
10 - 17 September 2003
Leskovac Resource Centre, 33 Trg Revolucije
The project focuses on the phenomenon of open secret. The
Law on Free Access to Information, one version of which is on the point
of being passed by the National Assembly, provided the motive for conceiving
The works were created in the course of the workshops held
over the summer at the Leskovac Resource Centre and led by Dragan Jovanovic
and Nebojsa Milikic.
Here you can see photographs from opening of the "OPEN
SECRET" exhibition in Leskovac
"My dossier" (2003, web-site)
author: Sasa Djordjevic (1953, Leskovac)
The author believes that the State Security Service has kept a dossier
on him. However, he was given a certificate stating that such a belief
is unfounded, so his work is based on the assumption that the dossier
exists but is very sloppy and full of irrelevant details. The site available
on the Internet is meant to provide instructions for a security official
who should put his dossier in order and classify the documents properly.
This Kafkaesque situation involving imagining and writing one's own dossier
reveals the need of modern man to confess to the Big Other which, in the
case of each and every one of us, can only result in a banal and cruel
collection of secret personal memories.
"What is love in the Dubocica housing estate"
(2003, home video; work in progress)
authors: Jovana Dimitrijevic (1979, Leskovac), Nebojsa Milikic (1964,
Belgrade) and Jelena Stamenkovic (1980, Leskovac).
The work features video material filmed together with a group of the residents
of the Dubocica housing estate during a ten-day period. Dismissed and
unemployed workers and their families live deprived of all human rights:
the right of having an employment, the right of independent development
of their personalities, choice of profession and retraining. Co-authors
of the video (Jovana Dimitrijevic and Nebojsa Milikic) are trying to rescue,
"redeem" the third author - Jelena from such a situation that
she found herself in. But, in accordance with the postulates of relational
art, the method consisting of questioning and analysing others affects
those who apply it as well. Personal interrelationship between co-authors,
their business contacts and emotions interfere with their artistic intentions.
"New textile coalition" (2003, performance
- fashion show)
This work was carried out by the Leskovac Resource Centre. Its basis is
a fashion show presenting the MUSTER collection (by Dida and Sonja). The
ingredients - ambitious creative people (young fashion designers and models
from Leskovac), successful salesmen (the representatives of the local
Chinese community) and experienced industry workers (workers and experts
employed at the ailing factories forming Leskovac's textiles industry)
are mixed together to concoct a "magic potion". The event has
the energy of a performance/trick during which the participants find themselves
in the situation of becoming accomplices, if not in a commercially successful
event, then surely in a emancipating meeting of those who are quick to
blame each other for their difficult social position.
"Can an artist live on his earnings?" (2003,
author: Marina Pavlovic (1969, Nis)
This work concentrates on the question that is in itself an open secret
in the community of contemporary painters. It is a video-clip-like video
illustration in which the protagonists beg selling their works of art
in front of the Gallery of the Association of Visual Artists of Serbia
(ULUS) in Belgrade. Self-reflective statements - answers by the artists
and art students to the question they asked themselves pervade this video.
"The secret of water" (2003, quasi-experiment)
author: Ivan Randjelovic (1980, Leskovac)
The author displays several samples of water taken from the water network
in Leskovac. An appallingly turbid sediment present in almost all samples
made people reel with disbelief, in spite of the fact that the majority
of the residents of Leskovac are aware of the low quality of their drinking
water. By unmasking the very essence of the phenomenon of open secret
- the constantly shifting relationship between the possession of certain
information and the belief in their authenticity - the author introduces
a new way of interpreting that situation. He uses water samples he collected
to water a number of wheat seeds, whose germs and ears in different stages
of development confront the beholder with a new problem: what is good
for us and our health, as well as what is good for nature we have long
since alienated from?
"Beggar's eye" (2003, video, 30')
idea: Dejan Stojiljkovic, carried out by Filip Djordjevic (1983, Leskovac)
and a group of collaborators
The concept was simple; the aim was to gain an insight into the field
of vision of a street beggar, but it turned into a hard task for all those
who took part in it carrying it out. The role and importance of acting
was obvious both for the person cadging money and in the situation mirroring
that one and it also gave a performative / dramatic charge. The combination
of co-occurring, continuous footage recorded with a hidden, miniature,
"subjective" camera and the footage shot from a distance with
a "neutral" camera places the viewer in an uncomfortable situation
of being caught in the middle of a disturbing event.
"Artistic treatment" (2003, presentation-performance
of works of art whose theme is diet, as well as bulimia and plastic surgery)
author: Jovana Dimitrijevic (1975, Leskovac)
The author shows a series of photographs and collages describing her diets,
traumas, operations and transformations to an especially interested audience.
A video clip, resembling numerous advertisements for miraculous slimming
products, shown on TV Leskovac announced this presentation.