IT HAPPENED VERY CLOSE TO US
On the 30th anniversary of the beginning of war and the arrival of BiH migrants to Slovenia, we are addressing our shared, yet poorly known experience with the help of personal memories of migrants as well as the people who helped welcome them. The exhibition, which assembles personal memories of 45 individuals with selected media reports and other documentation, is divided into two parts.
Stories about the leaving of homes, arrivals to Slovenia and the unusual life in exile, which from expected weeks inconceivably expanded to years, are presented at the Match Gallery. Some of the exiles grew up here, others grew old, some made Slovenia their home, others just passed it on their way.
At the Vodnik Homestead Gallery, the focus is on spaces and activities which allowed the migrants with their enormous cultural capital to express themselves and create.
The exhibition is comprised of fragments, which allow for just a glimpse into the world of exile. Collected memories encourage us to reflect on our actions and our attitude towards those people who all over the world are being forced to leave their homes.
“Gradually, I realise I am a refugee. A person without documents and without a face, with no present and no future. A person with a heavy stride and a broken body, a flower of evil, alien and scattered as its pollen. I no longer have a name, I am no longer tall nor short, no longer a son or a brother. I am an oblivion-soaked dog in a long, morningless night, a tiny scar on the face of the world.”
Velibor Čolić, Manual of Exile (Goga, 2020)
Production: Divja misel
Co-production: Muzej in galerije mesta Ljubljane
Curators: Tina Popovič, Gaja Naja Rojec, Matjaž Jamni
They contributed their memories: Amila Adrović, Vesna Andree Zaimović, Igor Anjoli, Barbara Bulatović, Ahmed Burić, Suzy Curtis, Aida Čorbadžić, Sanja Jovanović Derviskadić, Elida Džanić, Maida Džinić, Goga Flaker, Erol Hadžimušović, Andreja Hočevar, Enes Hodžić, Hatidza Husejnović, Zulfija Husejnović Sirčić, Goran Janković, Davor Janjić, Emir Jelkić, Aida Kamišalić Latifić, Aleš Korpić, Mubera Korpić, Jani Kovačič, Vlado Kreslin, Irena Krtalić, Aida Kurtović, Tilčka Marin, Veljko Metikoš, Anica Mikuš Kos, Marijan Miletič, Rastko Močnik, Ismar Mujezinović, Damir Murathodžić, Boris A. Novak, Franko Pleško, Olga Popov, Draga Potočnjak, Inga Remeta, Valerija Tvrz Skrinjar, Rajko Stanković, Etbin Štefančič, Nebojša Tejić, Branko Uhlik, Milorad in Biljana Vojnović, Jurij Zaletel
Initiative to mark the anniversary, organisation: Maida Džinić
Camera, montage and editing: Gaja Naja Rojec, Matjaž Jamnik (DVOIKA)
Selection of press articles: Ali Žerdin
Montage of archival video: Saša Škulj
Cover image, visual and exhibition design: Alja Herlah, Sara Badovinac
Partners: Muzej ratnog djetinjstva Sarajevo, Društvo BH kulturni
This project has been made possible by: City of Ljubljana, Ministry of Culture
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.