exhibition in LESKOVAC


REX - B92 Cultural Centre and Leskovac Resource Centre
present works of art and documentaries whose theme is

OPEN SECRET
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 project.

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.

 

EXHIBITION

Here you can see photographs from opening of the "OPEN SECRET" exhibition in Leskovac



WORKS

 

"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.

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"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.

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"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.

 

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"Can an artist live on his earnings?" (2003, video 11')
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.


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"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?


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"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.


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"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.


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