2020, Sat, Jul 25

Was Bleibt | Šta Ostaje | What Remains / Re-visited | Never

D: Clarissa Thieme, Germany/Austria/Bosnia-Herzegovina 2020, 70 min, OV with English subtitles | D: Armando Lulaj, Albania 2013, 22 min, OV with English subtitles

Was bleibt I Šta ostaje I What remains / Re-visited (2020), film still | © Clarissa Thieme

Was bleibt I Šta ostaje I What remains / Re-visited (2020), film still | © Clarissa Thieme

Was Bleibt | Šta Ostaje | What Remains / Re-visited

D: Clarissa Thieme, Germany/Austria/Bosnia-Herzegovina 2020, 70 min, OV with English subtitles

In 2008 und 2009, Clarissa Thieme travelled through Bosnia-Herzegovina and set up her camera in places where war crimes had taken place in the 1990s. Those trips resulted in the short film Was Bleibt | Šta Ostaje | What Remains. Ten years later she sets up her camera in precisely the same spots, with two women carrying a still from the first film into the frame as a performative act. The still arouses the curiosity of passers-by; the mini-performance starts up a kind of game: What can be seen when an image from the past blocks one’s view of the present, or only allows it to be glimpsed from the margins? (Cristina Nord, abridged)

Never

D: Armando Lulaj, Albania 2013, 22 min, OV with English subtitles

In 1968, by order of the Labour Party, the army, helped by the voluntary youth, undertakes one of the greatest voluntary works of the Communist era in Albania: on the side of a mountain range nearby the Albanian city of Berat, Albania’s dictator Enver Hoxha has his name displayed in a monumental engraving. 44 years later, a group of villagers take the effort to climb the mountain and change the letters by overwriting a new word, referring to the past dictatorship and the current government. ENVER becomes NEVER in a laborious process of un/naming the recent past.