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“The Words”

Suri Atilla, Edin Alija, Video, 4’30’’, June 2016.





The desire to learn words from the language of the "Other" culture is conditioned by the image and beliefs about the culture and representatives of the culture the language belongs to, not just when you see or hear him. The words we see on bilingual signs in many cities, or hear, are triggers of images that we carry on the culture they indicate and emotions which these images trigger in us. Meeting with the words of a culture which is invisible to us or negatively stereotypically shown in us do not trigger any, or trigger uncomfortable feelings in us. The process of memorizing words is hampered by the negative images that these words cause in us, and lack of desire to learn and use in daily life. The video shows how pleasant emotions resulted in the encounter with the "Other" encourage subjects of this meeting to re-examine the pictures they had and deconstruct the direct meeting imposed images and the actual subject. In the context of the meeting of representatives of two cultures in which words become guardians of moments of closeness and understanding that are experienced leads to remembering and using the word, and picture of the language changes through the image of the "Other" and vice versa. The desire for dialogue and connecting with representatives of the culture of the 'Other' boosts the desire to remember and use words in everyday life, which we are gradually being introduced over time, and the other layers of cultures that language describes and presents.

The video “The Words” 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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