Our “Cold Front from the Balkans” exhibition focuses on different generations of artists and art groups from the Balkan region. Throughout the exhibition, we keep sharing detailed information about the artworks. Take a look at Lana Čmajčanin’s “Geometry of Time” installation. Also you can check our interview with the artist on our YouTube channel!
551.35 – Geometry of Time presents us with different delimitations of Bosnia and Herzegovina whose borders were set and changed following dynamic and intense historical processes. It points out the social and political reality of Bosnia and Herzegovina by revealing the conflictual and unstable nature of its territory. For centuries, the borders of the country were set by wars and peace treaties, while in the 19th and 20th centuries they were constituted by turbulent ideological events. During this period cartography turned into political geography and produced openly nationalistic, imperialistic, and intentionally educational maps with an expressly underlined territorial nature.
The light panel that illuminates multiple layers of overlapping maps of the territories of former Yugoslav republics serves the same purpose as the special tables used in the army to enable a clearer reading of maps. As for the video, it features 35 overlapping historical maps representing Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of different state formations throughout the past 551 years and it presents an information noise and too much stratified data the epicentre of which can be found precisely in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since the density of marks makes the borders unclear, the work can be read as an overlapping of all previous text that results in illegibility and the inability to consider the sovereignty and statehood of the area as it has been shaped through numerous layers of the past.
“Cold Front From the Balkans” exhibition can be visited until 7 May at Pera Museum!