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Andrej Ðerković x Stanley Greene 


In cooperation with Noor Images Amsterdam, a photographic diptych "IN/TEMPORAL" by the Geneva-Sarajevo artist Andrej Ðerković and the New York photographer Stanley Green was placed on the window of the Sarajevo bookstore Buybook and represents a pictorial confrontation of two different concepts of life through the chair as an everyday object.


Ðerković's portrait of the Bosnian conceptual artist Jusuf Hadžifejzović with a chair on his head, created in 2007, represents the act of Hadžifejzović's traditional entry into the gallery space or the beginning of its performances. That act of the artist is his insistence on the so-called the concrete art of using objects in artistic expression. Hadžifejzović explains the use of the chair by the fact that every object has its own story, and as he says, by bringing it into the gallery space, he releases all that amount of passage of time of that object (in this case the chair), which was "trapped" in that ordinariness.


Ðerković's portrait of Jusuf Hadžifejzović, a close colleague and friend with whom he has been exhibiting for the past two decades, is juxtaposed with a photograph by the famous deceased American photographer Stanley Green, which is part of the author's cycle "Open wound: Chechenia 1994-2003" and which was created in 1994, during the Chechen war for independence. The photo shows a resident of Grozny who, as a result of the war, lost his entire family during the bombing of his home, and was devastated by the tragedy and traumatized psyche, daily and constantly carried a chair (the only thing from the destroyed home that remained intact) on his head in his personal conviction that it would protect him. Unfortunately, shortly after this photo was taken, he was killed by a sniper shot.


Juxtaposing these two images, which depict the BEGINNING of someone's performance and artistic expression and the END of someone's life, we arrive at the basic definition of life as a temporal gap between the BEGINNING and the END. Therefore, this work can be read as absolute timelessness or infinite duration in time without beginning and end, which makes a difference between timeless (intemporal) and temporal (temporal) eternity.

























                                                  Stanley Greene, Grozny, january 1994 / Noor Images

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