Salons

#23
Salon Bojan Fajfric

Apr 6, 2014
KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Salon Diary:

The salon evening of Bojan Fajfrić and AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz took place at the Crash Pad, c/o KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststr. 69, 10117 Berlin, front house, 1st floor.
The Crash Pad by Andreas Angelidakis was the first statement of the upcoming 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 29.5.-3.8.2014. www.berlinbiennale.de

The salon evening began with an introduction to the artistic research of Bojan Fajfrić, current artist-in-residence at AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz/ Mondriaanfonds Amsterdam. Bojan’s current work is concerned with the political, economical and cultural context of the ‘Black Wave’, a film movement that developed in the Yugoslavia of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Black Wave introduced the failure of the protagonist as the means of critical examination of the society at the time.

The evening consisted of a discussion and a screening of short films by Karpo Aćimović Godina (introduced by Gal Kirn). Participants are: Bojan Fajfrić, Gal Kirn and Vedrana Madžar.

Summary of the project and research ‘The Cause Of Death’ by Bojan Fajfrić:
The most prolific phase in Yugoslav cinema was named Black Wave by the ruling political structures who alleged that, as its directors openly exposed the dark side of the implementation of market economy and its social consequences, they actually misrepresented Yugoslav socialism. Nevertheless, no one disputed their political orientation, which had Marxist foundations. When we look into the authors of the Black Wave [Dušan Makavejev (“WR: Mysteries of the Organism”, 1971), Želimir Žilnik (“Early Works”, 1969), Živojin Pavlović (“When I Am Dead And Gone”, 1967), Aleksandar Petrović (“Three”, 1965), Boro Drašković (Horoskop, 1969), Bahrudin Bata Čengić (The Role of My Family in the Revolution, 1971), Karpo Aćimović Godina (Healthy People For Fun, 1971)], it is clear their approach was motivated by a belief in the potential for critical thinking in the development
of a socialist society.

Fajfrić’s research looks into the Black Wave cinema and the unfinished Cultural Revolution of 1968 as a way to understand our present times – why are we where we are today? It explores the feedback between past and present, reality and fiction, and culminates with the film ‘The Cause Of Death’ where Bojan will take over the roles of 5 major Black Wave characters: Milena, Jugoslava, Ivo-Vrana, Tom, Dzimi Barka. Throughout his daily routines he will, in almost oneiric situations, become one of the characters and re-live parts of their fictional lives.

The evening was hosted by Natasha Ginwala, member of the Artistic Team of the 8th Berlin Biennale and ABA. The Salon at the Crash Pad, a temporary space of the 8th Berlin Biennale at KW. It was a cosy place full of carpets and book shelves, an installation of the artist Andreas Angelidakis. Bojan had set up a full program: an introduction to the Black Wave topic, several screenings of films of that period and at last he was holding a performance of his new piece toghether with Ana Nikitovic.