ImageNATION / 2002

Searching for identity 1992-2002

ARS AEVI Museum of Contemporary Arts Sarajevo

 

NATION (latin natio). A group of people inhabiting the same territory, having the same origins and a common language or who had common interests over a long period.

 

This piece is based on a board game, “Man, don’t be angry” where the colors of blue red, green and yellow are associated with the four peoples of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The board features four state flags, and in certain combinations resembles the one in the original game. The main idea is to find a fit between the game (as an expression of social and mental status) ad the political game, whose result in our case has been the displacement of peoples and classifications by national and religious affiliation.

 

Andrej Ðerković provides sharp social critique, with out explicit theorizing. The problems of statehood and the ethnic and cultural identity of our poverty-stricken country, so vulnerable to colonization and the influence of foreign powers are embodied in a humorous and sarcastic manner through the board game.

 

Asja Mandić

ARS AEVI Museum of Contemporary arts Sarajevo

 

 

The work was also shown in 2006/07/08 in the frame of the exhibition „Recycled“ selected by Meliha Husedžinović in National Gallery of Macedonia (Skopje, Macedonia), Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Centre for Contemporary arts - Petrović Castle (Podgorica, Montenegro), King Nikola’s Castle (Nikšić, Montenegro), Galerija Velimir A. Leković (Bar, Montenegro), Collegium Artisticum (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina), Galéria Slovenskej výtvarnej únie SVÚ (Bratislava, Slovakia) and Palais Pallfy (Vienna, Austria).

 

In 2008, the work was published as cover for the book “Bosna i Hercegovina / Bosnie-Herzégovine 2030” published by Courrier de la Bosnie-Herzégovine.

 

 

 

Photo Aćif Hodović (1959 - 2005)