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“Who is Shquipe?”

Edin Alija, Suri Atilla, Video, 6'10'', June 2016.





How can name or surname mark us and classify us in the image of the "Other", changing the attitude of others towards us? The old Latin saying „Nomen est nomen“ (“Your name is your value”), indicated the tradition of naming based on belief that the name is personal mark of a man and that it will essentially determine his place in society, fate and life. In post-conflict society, attitude towards names and surnames has been reduced to the belonging to an entity community, while fate of individuals who carry those names was conditioned by the image that others have about them. When names or surnames reflect belonging to a culture of majority, we do not revive the privilege of protection against discrimination which occurs in spelling names and surnames. The emotions of fear, hatred, love and intimacy are visible during introductions and presentations and lead to distancing or rapprochement to the "Other". The process of classifying individuals in groups on the basis of name and surname is based on image of culture and community of (id)entity. Reactions of people on name or surname of a person reflect distorted beliefs and stereotypical representation of ethnic, cultural, historical, linguistic and religious particularities of different groups. One of those negative beliefs and prejudices are result of Serb and Albanian stereotyping, such as that Albanians and Serbs differ in physically and "As soon as we see them, we can know who angry Arbanians, Šiptari or who Škije (a disparaging term for Albanians and Serbs) are". Name and surname of a person leads us to search for these characteristics. The installation offers an opportunity for the reconstruction of images through a review of existing beliefs (prejudices).

The video “Who is Shquipe?” is made by artists from Serbia and Kosovo inspired by their experiences of getting to know each other and getting to know each other's cultures and societies. Video give an insight into the process of unpacking stereotypical images and performances in meeting these young artists and their construction of ideas on culture of the "Other". Experiences they have experienced in lectures and workshops during the “Serbia and Kosovo: Intercultural Icebreakers” seminar, during visits to cultural institutions, and during the process of creating installations, enabled artists to reconsider the images they have of each other, and the cultures from which they come from. Installations and videos that have arisen in these situations simulate some of the processes in post-conflict communities which lead to stereotyping and the invisibility of culture in a negative way, and they provoke personal responsibility of each of us in the (de)construction of culture.









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