Regardless of where I currently stay, every year on May 11th I celebrate the birthday of Josip Štolcer Slavenski (1896–1955), one of the most important Yugoslav avant-garde composers. If you would like to know more about him and the Slavenski project klick here. Be it an exhibition, workshop, concert or online presentation, every year I take a new approach with the aim of showing a work on that date that was inspired by him.
Here you can see the 125th anniversary celebration that took place in the small German town of Görlitz, Saxony. Due to the complicated situation caused by the lockdown restrictions, it was initially forbidden to organize any kind of event, exhibition or anything similar. While I was looking for an alternative way not to spoil the birthday party, I’ve got in touch with Jana Lübeck who is the coordinator of the art gallery Galerie 9. The gallery, which was not allowed to be used and was therefore empty, had a large window facing the street. So since I couldn’t invite guests to an opening and let people in, I was able to at least bring the birthday closer to people passing by the gallery.
I designed a total of 125 posters showing 125 of Slaveski’s compositions. My goal wasn’t to make the titles clear and legible, rather they should blend together and fill the entire space. Next to the posters, I laid a Serbian rug called Ćilim on the floor as a reference to Slaveski’s love for Balkan culture and especially for the traditional rugs.
Accordingly, it is important to me to involve people from the fields of art and music in the project. This year I asked the Balkan-Canadian musician and composer Nina Platiša to play and record a short piece by Slavenski that could be heard continuously in a loop through the window. This gave the impression as if someone you can’t see was exercising in the background.
I drove by car from Bosnia & Herzegovina to Kärsämäki, a sleepy little town in central Finland, to open my own fashion store and sell clothes to no one.
Project that questions Europe’s resurfacing fears of multiculturalism.
From 2014 to 2018 I was part of the Vienna-based artist collective Yhy Fhm.