Hotel Balkan, 2013, HD video, colour, sound, 10’27”
“It is not the literal past that rules us, it is images of the past…” – George Steiner
It is not the literal past that rules us, it is images of the past… The mapping and exploration of spaces and places in the region, which are significant for the fact that they convey products or generate images of the past that “govern” us in the present, presents points of reference for our perception of the future as well. This film tells of the things, the people and spaces that do not “eventually go away”. Ideologies pass, ideas and pictures decay, while traces and artefacts of human endeavour remain present. These include, for example, the presence of a work or the vestige of an idea or the presence of ideologies that remain within the architecture in a material sense. At the same time, the absence of people and the absence of ideology dissimilate the above-mentioned material presence. Hotel Balkan is a meditative and ambient video, which draws the line between futuristic reminiscence of the past and present speculation on the future. There are pictures from the past, which one can readily spot as being from the past, but we none the less experience them as futuristic. The film was shot in Tito’s bunker in Konjic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Igor Bošnjak (1981, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Trebinje. In the period between 2007 and 2011, he received his master degree and went to Interdisciplinary doctoral studies at the Art University in Belgrade, Group for art and media theory. In 2006 he found an independent art platform nama TREba projekat (we need a project). He most commonly expresses himself through film, video, installation and photography. His works have been shown at: New Cinema & Contemporary Art, Rencontres Internationales, Gaîté Lyrique & Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Museum Of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatia; Atopia Film & VideoKunst Gallery, Oslo; Moderna Galerija & Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (MSUM), Ljubljana; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow; CAM Casoria, Contemporary Art Museum, Naples; Kunst Museum, Bonn; Galleria d’ Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti, Verona; Museum of Contemporary Art RS, Banja Luka; Point Ephemere, Paris; Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin; Espacio Center Canarias, Tenerife; Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan; Center of Contemporary Art, Plovdiv; Budapest Art Fair Mucsarnok, Budapest; Charinthian Museum of Modern Art Klagenfurt; 2nd Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Konjic; Cultiral Centre Belgrade etc.