Jelena Marta Glišić

Things that stay the same, 2014
Video installation, 2′ 37’’, loop
Courtesy of the artist

“My grandfather was a passionate home-video maker ever since he got his first video camera years ago. He had a particular methodology when it came to choosing subjects as well as when it came to the actual manner of filming. I have always been fascinated by this unique (unintentionally quite comical) methodology and with the video equipment that he had.


Several years before he and my grandmother past away, I watched these videos with them. The videos were played from an old projector, and I recorded them with a digital video camera while they were screened. Alongside the projected videos, parts of the conversation with my grandparents as well as their comments on the videos were recorded.”

Things that stay the same consists of two videos simultaneously projected into space. The first video is a recording of home movie screenings from the 1980s and shows a child of about three playing with his grandmother and grandfather. The location is the living room, which has vitrines in which are stored things the grandparents collected for years (souvenirs, bottles, ornaments, pottery, figurines, mirrors, books). During a screening of this video the conversations and comments of present family members were recorded (grandmother, grandfather, grandson, thirty years later). The key feedback is the sentence: “It’s like when you were young. All these things …”. The second video is a silent video with the camera moving through the same living room. It was created shortly after my grandmother and grandfather died.



Jelena Marta Glišić (1980, Belgrade) graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. Since 2000 she has regularly exhibited in Serbia and abroad. Her artwork is primarily engaged with video installation. She is engaged in scientific research in the field of cultural management and cultural policy. Selected exhibitions include: REAL PRESENCE I, Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade, 2001; 2002, Students’ Cultural Centre, Belgrade; Academy of Fine Arts, Thessaloniki, Greece; April encounters “AS02”, Students’ Cultural Centre, Belgrade; “GrIStuF”, Greifswald, Germany; “GASTHOF”, Frankfurt, Germany; “Bridge Project”, Sicily, Italy; “REAL PRESENCE II”, Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade; “ASo3”, Students’ Cultural Centre, Belgrade; ZMS, Students’ Cultural Centre, Belgrade; REAL PRESENCE III, Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade; 2FEMININE, Gima gallery, Valjevo, Serbia; 6th Yugoslav Biennial of Young Artists, Vršac, Serbia; Continental Breakfast, 45th October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia.

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