Salon Igor Sevcuk
Mapping a transnational memory: the case of person N.N.
Date: Aug 26, 2020, 5-8 pm
Address: ABA/VBK, Schöneberger Ufer 57, Berlin
Join us in the garden of Verein Berliner Künstler at Schöneberger Ufer / enter an ‘active sketch’ installed in the apartment upstairs. Maximum three people at a time can view the “active sketch”. Concerning COVID-19 measures, space will be kept ventilated. After 26th of August, the apartment is accessible by appointment until 6th of September. Please reserve with Igor Sevcuk: email@example.com
Three fields of materials – voice recordings, textual references, and retraced photographs – interrelate with a case of transnational memory. The person marked as N.N. is a migrant worker from Banja Luka, who disappeared in Berlin in 1974. Next to the interviews with N.N.’s children, some other – real and imagined – personalities are also introduced to the case.
The research period in Berlin is a first step towards the montage of an essay-book. This book recalls N.N.’s trajectories in the light of the three colonial histories in (central) Europe and its (Eurasian) peripheries. The glimpses of speculative non-territorial futures – in the exchange with the author Julia Kristeva – are opened as a fourth and rather optimistic projection. ( Igor Sevcuk)