Igor Bošnjak 2014

Skills: Duplex 2012-2018

«It is not the litteral past that rules us, it is image of the past…»

Igor Bošnjak

12/04/2014 – 30/04/2014

“It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past. Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and active mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement against that past.”

George Steiner

It is not the litteral past that rules us, it is image of the past… In that context video Hotel Balkan represent it self as a meditative and ambiental video which defines borders between futuristic memory of past and present thinking of future. I’ve been wondering about something: Why is it that images from the past – the actual past – often feel more futuristic than our current images of an imagined future? But if the future doesn’t look much like the future, the past often does. There are pictures from the past that, while you immediately recognize them as being from the past, nevertheless feel futuristic. It’s as though there’s something in your brain that wants to read them as images from the future.

Nama ne upravlja stvarna prošlost, već slike prošlosti… U tom kontekstu video rad Hotel Balkan predstavlja se kao meditativni i ambijentalni video koji definiše granicu izmedju futurističkog sjećanja na prošlost i sadašnjeg zamišljanja budućnosti. Uvijek sam se pitao, kako to da odredjena slika iz prošlosti – aktuelne prošlosti – se četo više osjeća futuristička nego trenutna slika zamišljene budućnosti? Ali ako budućnost ne izgleda baš kao budućnost, prošlost obično izgleda. Postoje slike iz prošlosti, koje odmah prepoznajete da su iz prošlosti, ali i pored toga mi ih osjećamo futurističkim. Iako je tako, izgleda da ima nešto u našem mozgu što želi da ih učitamo, shvatimo kao slike iz budućnosti.

Igor Bošnjak

Igor Bošnjak « It is not the litteral past that rules us, it is image of the past… », video HD,

Igor Bošnjak (b. 1981 in Sarajevo) lives and work in Trebinje (Bosnia & Herzegovina).

He is mainly working within the fields of film, video, installation & photography.
Curently works as a asistant professor at Academy of Visual Arts in Trebinje. In 2005 he finished Academy of Visual Arts (BA) in Trebinje, Department of Painting. From 2006 he is a founder and the curator of the international namaTREba project biennial. From 2007 to 2011 he finished (MA) and studied (PhD) Interdisciplinary studies,  Theory of Art & Media Department at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.

His works have been shown at: New Cinema & Contemporary Art, Rencontres Internationales, Gaîté Lyrique & Palais de Tokyo, Paris;  Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Atopia Film & VideoKunst Gallery, Oslo;  Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow;  CAM Casoria, Contemporary Art Museum, Naples; Kunst Museum, Bonn; Galleria d’ Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti, Verona;  Museum of Contemporary Art RS, Banja Luka; Point Ephemere, Paris; Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin;  Espacio Center Canarias, Tenerife;  Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan;  Center of Contemporary Art, Plovdiv;  Budapest Art Fair Mucsarnok, Budapest;  Charinthian Museum of Modern Art Klagenfurt;  2nd Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Konjic;BiH

In 2010 Igor Bošnjak was a finalist of ZVONO Young Visual Artist Award, organised by Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art;  From 2009 to 2011 he was a finalist for B&H Henkel Art Award organised in Zegreb; 2007 was awarded with 1st prize for video art on 4th Salon Clovek Spomenik in Velenje, Slovenia.