BOTH THERE AND HERE
Border, identity, territory
Contemporary migrations are dealt with in the art practices of the authors presented at the exhibition Both There and Here – Ana Vujović, Jelena Janković, Goran Dragaš and Bojana Lukić, who articulate the basic themes of borders and identities in various narratives, each of them from their own subjective experience and in various media of expression.
In the work To Leave Room for the Others, created during an artist residency programme in the Italian town of Conzano, Ana Vujović explores and authentically interprets the accumulated memory and the identity of this place, known in the local community for emigrants going to Australia to be employed on sugarcane fields and in the newly developed sugar industry in the British states of New South Wales and Queensland. From the creative perception of a foreigner at an artist residency, she articulates a story about the history of the area, significant for the local community, but also for the positioning of the place in the development of the culture of sugar at the global level. The space installation that thematizes a certain time and space is designed in a specific visual and aesthetic code in which the elements of the family table in an ambiance that evokes a family home composed of ethnographic contents, artifacts and mobiliary, are united in a composite whole by an effective painter's intervention with caramelized powder. The shapes "coated" with bittersweet sugar on the table and the accompanying mobiliary of the wall opening, through the reception of the ambiance, invoke empathy for the place and the bygone times and, at the same time, through the striking scenes, evoke images from the life and work, events and emotions of the inhabitants.